World University Rankings 2019 by subject: physical sciences

The 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings’ table for physical sciences subjects uses the same rigorous and balanced range of 13 performance indicators as the overall World University Rankings, but the methodology has been recalibrated to suit the individual fields.

It highlights the universities that are leading across mathematics and statistics; physics and astronomy; chemistry; geology; and environmental, earth and marine sciences subjects.

This year we have made a small adjustment to the eligibility criterion for academic staff in the subject tables, which has resulted in more universities being eligible for inclusion. The 2019 physical sciences ranking has also expanded to include 963 universities, up from 501 last year.

View the World University Rankings 2019 by subject: physical sciences methodology

The table is led by Princeton University for the second consecutive year, while the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is now second, up from fourth. The University of California, Berkeley joins the top 10 after climbing three places to ninth, while Yale University makes its debut in the table at 10th position. South Korea has also performed well in the discipline, boasting three institutions in the top 100, up from just one last year.

View the full results of the overall World University Rankings 2019
Read our article on the best universities for physical science degrees

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