World University Rankings 2018 by subject: business and economics methodology

October 4, 2017

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 Business and Economics subject ranking includes narrower subject areas.

The list of subjects used to create this ranking is:

  • Business and Management
  • Accounting and Finance or Business and Economics: Business and Management and Accounting and Finance (combined)
  • Economics and Econometrics

Different weights and measures

The subject tables employ the same range of 13 performance indicators used in the overall World University Rankings 2018, brought together with scores provided under five categories.

However, the overall methodology is carefully recalibrated for each subject, with the weightings changed to suit the individual fields.

The weightings for the Business and Economics ranking are:

  • Teaching: the learning environment
    30.9 per cent
  • Research: volume, income and reputation
    32.6 per cent
  • Citations: research influence
    25 per cent
  • International outlook: staff, students and research
    9 per cent
  • Industry income: innovation
    2.5 per cent


No institution can be included in the overall World University Rankings unless it has published a minimum of 1,000 research papers over the five years that we examine.

For the 11 subject tables, the thresholds are set differently. For Business and Economics, the threshold drops to 200 papers published in this discipline over the last five years. And we expect an institution to have at least 5 per cent of its staff working in this discipline in order to include it in the subject table. 

This year, for the first time, in the Business and Economics subject ranking, institutions not teaching undergraduate degrees were included in the rankings.

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