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Queen Mary climbs QS World Rankings

A highly-regarded global analysis of almost 3,000 universities ranks 19 subjects taught at Queen Mary, University of London as among the world’s best.

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The third edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject evaluated over 8,000 programmes from thousands of universities before ranking 678 institutions in total. Several subjects at Queen Mary – English, History, Linguistics, Geography, Law and Film – were positioned among the global Top 50-100.

Modern Languages, Computer Sciences, Engineering, Biological Sciences, Medicine, Materials Science, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, Finance and Politics all appeared in the Top 200 – described by QS as the ‘world’s elite’.

Many of Queen Mary’s subjects have risen up the chart since 2012, including History, Modern Languages, Mechanical Engineering, Maths, Film and Physics. A total of 19 subjects now appear in the Top 200, four more than in 2012.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject is considered to be among the most trusted of league tables. 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).

This is the first year the rankings have also included academics’ ‘H-index’ as a measure - a calculation combining the number of research papers an academic has generated, with the number of times the papers have been cited.

Later in the year, QS will also produce a league table giving universities an overall world position. In 2012, Queen Mary placed in 147th position globally in this table, a dramatic rise of 25 places since 2011. The university was ranked 23rd out of the UK universities who made the table.

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