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University performs well in world subject rankings

QS ranked the University of Manchester alongside 1,129 universities worldwide


The University of Manchester has been placed in the global top 100 for each of the five broad subject areas measured in the independent 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

These subjects measured were Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences and Medicine, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Management.

Measured alongside 1,129 universities around the world, the University of Manchester was in the UK top ten for each of these and was also ranked in the top 100 for 37 individual subjects.

A University spokesperson said: “We are pleased that the University has again been placed highly in all five subject groups in this ranking and that we have also had some significant successes in individual subject areas. This independent ranking and others like it demonstrate that in teaching and research Manchester is one of the world’s elite institutions.”

The University ranked 4th in the UK and 53rd in the world for Engineering and Technology, 10th in the UK and 40th in the World for Arts and Humanities, 8th in the UK and 35rd in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine, 5th in the UK and 40th in the world for Natural Sciences and 7th in the UK and 39th in the world for Social Sciences and Management.

To compile the results, the QS team analysed over 22 million papers, producing close to 200 million citations. 1,130 institutions have been ranked across 48 subjects in five subject areas, creating 14,000 published entries.

The Subject rankings complement the QS World University rankings which were published last year and ranked the University of Manchester 34th in the world.