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Tsinghua University Vs Peking University

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If you’re looking to study at one of the top universities in China, it’s almost certain that you’re considering Tsinghua University and Peking University. Both based in capital city Beijing, these two institutions are consistently ranked as the top two in China.

In the QS World University Rankings® 2015/16, Tsinghua University is ranked 25th in the world, with Peking University not too far behind at 41st, with both having improved their positions compared to the previous year. And in the latest edition of the QS University Rankings: BRICS – which highlights leading universities in the five BRICS countries – they occupy the top two spots, largely thanks to their strong global reputations.

Read on for more details of how these two top universities in China compare in the BRICS ranking, and what the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject reveals about their relative subject strengths.

Tsinghua University Vs Peking University in the BRICS rankings

Comparison based on the QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016

 

Tsinghua University

Peking University

Academic reputation

2nd

1st

Employer reputation

2nd

1st

Faculty/student ratio

21st

39th

Staff with a PhD

34th

45th

Papers per faculty

15th

39th

Citations per paper

9th

17th

International faculty

20th

13th

International students

28th

12th

Overall ranking

1st

2nd

 

As the table above shows, these two leading Chinese universities claim the strongest reputations among any of the leading BRICS institutions, heading the list among both academics and employers. While Peking University comes out slightly ahead in these two reputation surveys, Tsinghua is the leader on most of the other indicators used.

The notable exceptions to this pattern are the indicators on the international members of both the faculty and student body; Peking University offers a slightly more international campus community, though Tsinghua is still scored reasonably well for these factors.  

In terms of research impact, Tsinghua is achieving a wider reach and a stronger impact than its rival, although again the disparity is minor. Both universities’ lowest scores come in the ‘staff with PhD’ indicator, which assesses the proportion of academic staff with a PhD-level qualification. However, they are both still within the top 50, out of the 250 universities now featured in the BRICS ranking.

So, while performing at similar levels overall, how do the two top universities in China compare on individual subjects?

Tsinghua University Vs Peking University in the subject rankings

Between them, China’s top two universities claim a very impressive presence in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. Tsinghua University is ranked among the world’s best for 33 out of a possible 42 subjects, while Peking University makes 36 appearances.

Tsinghua’s strongest subjects are for civil and structural engineering (8th in the world), architecture (8th) and materials sciences (10th). Meanwhile Peking’s top three positions are for modern languages (8th), linguistics (10th) and chemistry (16th).

Overall, it’s possible to identify a trend in which Peking performs better for life sciences and medicine and the majority of arts and humanities subjects, as well as the ‘FAME’ (finance, accounting, management and economics) group. Tsinghua is ahead in most engineering fields, while the picture is fairly evenly balanced across the natural sciences, with the two universities sharing 30th place for physics.

Comparison based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016

 

Tsinghua University

Peking University

Arts & humanities

 

 

Archaeology

-

32nd

Architecture

8th

-

Art & design

23rd

30th

English language & literature

51-100

51-100

History

101-150

38th

Linguistics

51-100

10th

Modern languages

30th

8th

Philosophy

51-100

35th

Engineering & technology

 

 

Computer science

17th

23rd

Chemical engineering

15th

-

Civil & structural engineering

8th

51-100

Electrical engineering

15th

36th

Mechanical engineering

15th

28th

Mineral and mining engineering

50th

17th

Life sciences & medicine

 

 

Biological sciences

51-100

48th

Dentistry

-

16th

Nursing

-

51-100

Medicine

101-150

51-100

Pharmacy & pharmacology

101-150

42nd

Psychology

-

51-100

Natural sciences

 

 

Chemistry

17th

16th

Earth & marine sciences

101-150

46th

Environmental studies

20th

35th

Geography

51-100

51-100

Mathematics

43rd

30th

Materials science

10th

23rd

Physics & astronomy

Joint 30th

Joint 30th

Social sciences and management

 

 

Anthropology

-

51-100

Accounting & finance

46th

31st

Business & management

49th

34th

Communication & media studies

51-100

51-100

Economics

44th

33rd

Education & training

151-200

51-100

Law

36th

21st

Politics

38th

29th

Sociology

51-100

31st

Social policy & administration

37th

20th

Statistics

26th

51-100

 

Which of these two top universities in China would you choose, and why? Let us know in the comments below.

This article was originally published in August 2015. It was updated in August 2016.

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Written by Laura Bridgestock
The former editor of TopUniversities.com, Laura oversees the site's editorial content and student forums. She also edits the QS Top Grad School Guide and contributes to market research reports including How Do Students Use Rankings?

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What is the requirements to study medicine in both university's

Hi Mohammad, you can find the precise information on entry requirements for studying medicine at Tsinghua or Peking University on their official websites, but you can read general information on studying medicine in China here. Hope this helps.