World University Rankings 2016-2017 by subject: physical sciences table information

May 17, 2017

Key statistics

The data shown under key statistics is that provided by the university itself in its submission to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It represents data from the 2014 academic year, and may vary from subsequent or earlier years.


This is the number of full-time equivalent students at the university.

Student-to-staff ratio

This is the ratio of full-time equivalent students to the number of academic staff – those involved in teaching or research.

International students

The percentage of students originating from outside the country of the university.

Female-to-male ratio

The ratio of female to male students at the university.

The latest 2016-17 Times Higher Education World University Rankings included 980 of the world’s most prestigious institutions, ranked according to 13 separate indicators, drawn from institutional data, 56 million citations to 11.9 million research papers including more than half a million books and book chapters, and the results of a survey of more than 20,000 scholars in 133 different countries. It was the most authoritative and comprehensive university rankings exercise ever undertaken.

Editor’s note: 17 May 2017

During the bibliometric research phase for the THE World University Rankings 2016-17, conducted by Elsevier, a single physics paper was missed in exceptional circumstances. This paper was a massive file size and the automated upload process rejected it without notification, in a one-off error that has now been corrected. The missing paper is now included in the Scopus data used to calculate the World University Rankings and the THE data team has created an estimate of the impact of this paper’s inclusion. The only institution significantly affected by this change is the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, Moscow, which will now take joint 84th position in the Physical Sciences subject ranking, in line with our corrections policy. This change does not affect any other institutions, who retain their original positions.

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