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English, History, and Law at QMUL ranked among the world’s elite

Three subject areas at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are among the top 50 in the world, according to an analysis of more than 3,400 universities.

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The sixth edition of QS World University Rankings by Subject found that English, History, and Law are all placed among the top 50. Geography, Linguistics, Medicine, and Drama are ranked among the world’s elite in the top 100.

According to Professor Morag Shiach, Vice-Principal (Humanities and Social Sciences):

“Last year, History and Law joined English in the top 50. Not only have all three subject areas held their position, but there has been a substantial improvement on last year’s results.”

Law climbed 10 places from 2015, and is ranked 35th globally. English and History each climbed nine places and are ranked 35th and 37th respectively. All three are placed in the top ten in the UK, along with Medicine, and Linguistics.

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).

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is one of the UK’s leading universities, and one of the largest institutions in the University of London.

Key facts

  • 21,187 students in total
  • 15,474 undergraduates and 4,842 postgraduates
  • 871 study abroad students from more than 45 countries

Our diverse student community includes:

  • 155 nationalities
  • More than 3,000 students studying joint programmes overseas, mostly in Nanchang and Beijing (China) but also in Piraeus (Greece) and Paris (France).
  • More than 500 distance learning students, mostly in medicine, but also in humanities and social sciences
  • 19,977 full-time students and 1,210 part-time students
  • Three main libraries in the UK, plus our students use the University of London’s Senate House Library in Bloomsbury

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Rupert Marquand
Media Relations Manager
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