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Coming Soon: QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018

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The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018 will be released later this month on 28 February.

This year’s rankings see two subjects included for the first time ever: classics & ancient history, and library & information management. This takes the total number of academic disciplines featured to 48 and makes the rankings one of the most comprehensive resources available to help you choose where to study.

As well as these two new subjects, you’ll also be able to find out how universities around the world are ranked for five different branches of engineering, medicine, law, business and countless others. 74 countries will be represented in total this year, meaning the distance between you and a top university is unlikely to be very far.

Every year since 2011, the QS World University Rankings by Subject have been compiled using data on research citations, combined with the results of major global surveys of academics and employers. More information about the methodology can be found here.

What to expect

While the two new subjects are likely to receive a fair amount of attention when this year’s rankings are published on 28 February, there are plenty of intriguing stories and sub-plots to look out for.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has repeatedly been named the best university in the world in the QS World University Rankings® and has also been a dominant force in the engineering subject rankings for several years. Can they keep up their recent fantastic record?

In the UK, the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge are likely to continue their fierce rivalry. Oxford was one of only three universities to be ranked number one for more than one subject last year, but will Cambridge have caught up with them?

Australian universities failed to top any of the subject rankings last year but shared nine top 10 places between them. Will that number improve this time around?

The only way to find out the answers to these questions and how universities elsewhere in the world have performed this year is to check the rankings when they’re released on February 28. As well as viewing the rankings online, they can also be accessed by downloading the free QS World University Rankings app, available for iPhone and Android.

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Written by Craig OCallaghan
As editor of, Craig oversees the site's editorial content and network of student contributors. He also plays a key editorial role in the publication of several guides and reports, including the QS Top Grad School Guide.

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