Top Positions in QS Subject Rankings
1 March 2018
Life sciences and medicine rank first in Germany – Other individual disciplines make strong showing
According to the new QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018, Heidelberg University leads the country in medicine and the life sciences, with an international ranking of 40th. The QS Subject Ranking published at the end of February consists of two parts: broad subject rankings as well as rankings in individual subject areas. Heidelberg placed first in the Germany-wide comparison in medicine (45th worldwide) and theology (14th worldwide). The classics and ancient history were included in the individual rankings for the first time, with Ruperto Carola placing ninth internationally and third in Germany.
Heidelberg University also fared extremely well in other individual disciplines. Along with the classics and theology in the Arts and Humanities field, Heidelberg ranks among the world's top 50 universities in archaeology (37th) and philosophy (42nd), with archaeology placing third in Germany. In the Life Sciences & Medicine, Heidelberg biology placed 40th internationally, joining medicine in the international top-50 list. In Germany, biology is in second place. In the Natural Sciences, physics and astronomy at Ruperto Carola hold a ranking of 32nd internationally and third in the country.
The evaluations of the broad subject areas and individual subjects are based primarily on data from the QS World University Ranking. In addition to citation analyses, indicators include data from academic and employer surveys evaluated by subject area. The indicators are weighted differently in each subject.