The University of Oxford has been named the world’s best university for the study of eight different academic disciplines, including Geography, according to the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject. Oxford earned the highest number of subject firsts in the UK for the second year in a row.
As well as its success in Geography, Oxford topped the rankings in Anatomy & Physiology, Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics & Ancient History, English Language & Literature, Modern Languages, and Pharmacy & Pharmacology.
Professor Dame Sarah Whatmore, Head of Oxford’s Social Sciences Division said, “Colleagues will want to join me in extending warm congratulations to Geography and Archaeology for being ranked first in their subject in the QS World University both for the fourth time, and to Anthropology for joining this premier league for the second time. This means that the Social Sciences Division has three of the University’s eight top ranked departments.”
Subject rankings are compiled using four key metrics. The first two of these are QS’s global surveys of academics and employers, which are used to assess institutions’ international reputation in each subject. The second two indicators assess research impact, based on research citations per paper and h-index in the relevant subject. These are sourced from Elsevier’s Scopus database, the world’s most comprehensive research citations database.
These four components are combined to produce the results for each of the subject rankings, with weightings adapted for each discipline.