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University maintains elite place in global subject rankings

(1 March 2018)

The University has been placed in the global top 100 for each of the five broad subject areas measured in the independent 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, which have been released today.

Several Humanities subject areas improved on last year’s ranking. These include Geography, which gained four places to be ranked 17th in the world. Education rose to 46th, Sociology rose to 20th and Social Sciences and Management moved up to 39th. Manchester School of Architecture, 7th in the world, retained its 2nd place rank in the UK.

Measured alongside 1,129 universities around the world, Manchester scored highly in each of the areas measured – arts and humanities; engineering and technology; life sciences and medicine; natural sciences; and social sciences and management. The University was in the UK top ten for each of these and was also ranked in the top 100 for 37 individual subjects.

To compile the results, the QS team analysed over 22 million papers, producing close to 200 million citations. 1,130 institutions have been ranked across 48 subjects in five subject areas, creating 14,000 published entries.

The Subject rankings complement the QS World University rankings which were published last year and place Manchester at 34th in the world.