Southampton rise in QS World subject rankings

We were ranked 14th in the world for Nursing, and 28th for Earth Sciences

The University of Southampton was ranked in the Top 100 in the world in numerous subjects in today’s QS World Rankings, including five in the Top 50.

The rankings, which compare universities across the world through a system of research and reputation indicators, reflect on a year of consistent improvement from Southampton.


Nursing was the highest ranking subject, placing 14th. Professor Mandy Fader, Dean of Health Sciences, said “Nursing at the University of Southampton is world-leading and I am both proud and delighted to see that the commitment and innovation of our academic teams has produced such outstanding results.”

Also ranking in the Top 50 were Archaeology (27th), Earth and Marine Sciences (28th), Geography (41st) and Performing Arts (43rd).

Ranking between 51st and 100th were Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Medicine, Physics and Astronomy and Statistics and Operational Research.

Subjects such as Law, History and English Language and Literature were ranked 101-150, with a further eight subjects, including Maths, Modern Languages and Politics, also featuring in the top 200.

The University also saw some success in the rankings by faculty, as Engineering ranked 8th nationally, while placing 9th for Natural Science.

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, Vice-Chancellor, said “These results in the QS World Rankings by Subject recognise Southampton’s excellence across a wide range of areas where the University has established an international reputation.

“Perhaps most importantly, these rankings reflect our impact as a University in the eyes of our peers in industry and academia which substantiates and reinforces our reputation around the world.”

To see the results in-depth, follow this link.