Top universities in 55 subjects revealed 


LONDON, April 10, 2024 -- Global higher education analyst QS Quacquarelli Symonds released the fourteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject: an independent comparative analysis of academic excellence featuring 1500+universities in 96 countries and territories across 55 disciplines. The QS rankings were consulted over 60 million times in 2023 on TopUniversities.com and referenced 124,000 times by worldwide media and institutions.



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Countries with most top-10 entries in the rankings




Ranked Universities 


 Ranked Entries   


Nº Top 10 entries


United States 


213


3039


244


United Kingdom 


103


1569


148


Switzerland 


27


220


31


Singapore 


5


103


29


Australia 


36


797


17


Canada 


32


646


17


Netherlands 


21


328


13


China (Mainland) 


101


882


8


Italy 


56


577


8


Germany 


60


774


5


France 


73


516


5


Japan 


44


436


5


 


Global Highlights


  • US universities lead in 32 subjects. Harvard University is the world's strongest-performing institution, first in 19 disciplines. MIT follows, leading in 11 subjects. 

  • Africa's leader, Cape Town University, ranks 15th globally in Development Studies.

QS Senior Vice President Ben Sowter said:  With rising global inflation, geo-political instability and general elections in 50+ countries, supporting higher education and international student mobility has never been more critical as it drives innovation and societal advancement. QS' largest ever-university comparative analysis highlights the importance of diversity, research partnerships, investment, and cross-border academic and industry collaborations."


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