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QS Subject Rankings 2024 Out: Art History, Data Science & Marketing, New Fields

Updated on 20 October, 2023

Neha Uppal

Neha Uppal

Sr. Content editor

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has released its World University Rankings by Subject for 2023. The world’s leading ranking provider, QS, has analyzed a total of 54 disciplines, grouped into six subject categories, for its 13th edition. History of Art, Data Science and Marketing are the new subjects ranked this year. 

As per the 2023 rankings, Harvard tops the chart across four broad categories, namely, Arts & Humanities, Social Studies, Life Sciences & Medicine, and Natural Sciences. The university has claimed the lead in 14 disciplines, including History, Biological Sciences, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Psychology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Accounting and Finance, Business and Management Studies, Economics and Econometrics, Law and Legal Studies, Politics, Sociology, Social Policy and Medicine.

MIT continues to maintain its dominance in Engineering & Technology, as per the QS subject rankings 2023. The institute has bagged #1 rank across 11 disciplines: Chemical Engineering; Civil and Structural Engineering; Computer Science and Information Systems; Data Science and Artificial Intelligence; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Linguistics; Materials Science; Mechanical, Aeronautical, and Manufacturing Engineering; Mathematics; Physics and Astronomy; and Statistics and Operational Research.

The rankings, this time, feature 15,700 academic programs from 1,594 institutions in 93 countries and territories.  

Here is an overview of the 2023 rankings across the six broad subject categories: 

Arts & Humanities
QS World Rankings by Subject 2023University QS World Rankings by Subject 2022University 
1Harvard University, US1University of Oxford, UK
2University of Cambridge, UK2University of Cambridge, UK
3University of Oxford, UK3Harvard University, US
4Stanford University, US4University of California, US
5University of California, US5Stanford University, US
Social Studies & Management
QS World Rankings by Subject 2023University QS World Rankings by Subject 2022University 
1Harvard University, US1Harvard University, US
2University of Oxford, UK2University of Oxford, UK
3Stanford University, US3The London Schoolof Economics & Political Science (LSE)
4Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US4University of Cambridge, UK
5The London School Of Economics & Political Science (LSE)5Stanford University, US
Engineering & Technology
QS World Rankings by Subject 2023University QS World Rankings by Subject 2022University 
1Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US1Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US
2Stanford University, US2University of Cambridge, UK
3University of Cambridge, UK3University of Oxford, UK
4University of Oxford, UK4Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)
5University of California, US5Stanford University, US
Life Sciences & Medicine
QS World Rankings by Subject 2023University QS World Rankings by Subject 2022University 
1Harvard University, US1Harvard University, US
2University of Oxford, UK2University of Oxford, UK
3Johns Hopkins University, US3Johns Hopkins University, US
4Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US4University of Cambridge, UK
5Stanford University, US5Stanford University, US
Natural Sciences
QS World Rankings by Subject 2023University QS World Rankings by Subject 2022University 
1Harvard University, US1Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US
2Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US2Harvard University, US
3University of Cambridge, UK3University of Cambridge, UK
4Stanford University, US4University of Oxford, UK
5University of Oxford, UK5Stanford University, US
Art History
QS World Rankings by Subject 2023University 
1

Royal College of Art, UK

 

Columbia University, US

2
3The Courtauld Institute of Art, UK
4National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
5Tsinghua University, China

Source: Topuniversities.com

QS has ranked the programs based on the following five indicators: 

  • Academic Reputation
  • Research Citations per paper
  • Employer Reputation
  • H-Index (way of measuring productivity & impact of a university department)
  • International research network

Neha Uppal

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Neha Uppal is a passionate content creator and editor. She carries 7.5+ years of experience working with leading edutech companies where she worked as a Faculty, Community Manager, and Content Marketeer. At upGrad, she is helping out people keep informed about the scopes and opportunities of studying abroad via informational articles/blogs.

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