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Queen Mary scores high in QS World University Rankings by Subject

Seventeen subjects taught at Queen Mary, University of London, feature in a highly-regarded world university rankings league table, published this week.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject, considered to be among the most trusted of league tables, has revealed that Geography, Engineering, Medicine, Materials and Law at Queen Mary were ranked in the top 51 – 100 of universities worldwide for their subject areas.

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The rankings are based on academic and employer reputations and research citations per faculty (the number of times the research is credited in the work of other academics). The results are:

Citation scores

The following top-100 subject areas appeared in the top quartile of citation scores, based on a high citation count in the last five years from Thompson Reuters, Google Scholar and Scopus from Elsevier: Geography was ranked 4th out of 200 for citations; Medicine came 8th out of 202; Engineering ranked 13th out of 202; Chemistry 32nd out of 199 and Materials 26th out of 200.

Academic opinion

Law at Queen Mary appears in the 51 – 100 overall because of a high score on academic review, where it placed 45th out of 100. QS ranks the top 200 for most subjects, but only the top 100 for Law and the top 150 for Politics.

Beginning in 1994, the QS World University Rankings are the first to rank universities by individual subject level and use a methodology tailored to each subject. In previous years, QS collaborated with the Times Higher Education (THE) to provide international rankings but in 2010, THE began a new collaboration with Thomson Reuters using a different methodology. QS have continued to produce their own world rankings.

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