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Out Now: QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018

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Released today, the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018 reveal which universities are the best in the world for 48 different subjects.

The largest ranking of its kind has been made even bigger this year by the addition of two new subjects: classics & ancient history, and library & information management.

The subject rankings are an invaluable resource when choosing which universities to apply to, and registered users of the site can shortlist and compare universities which interest them.

As for this year’s results, Harvard University can once again proudly boast of being ranked number one for more subjects than any other institution. The Massachusetts university tops 14 different subject tables, one fewer than it did last year.

The next two universities with the most number one positions are Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Oxford. These institutions are top of 12 and four subject tables respectively.

On a broader scale, universities in the US across all subjects have gone down more than they’ve gone up, something which is likely to be of concern to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the wider Trump administration.

Interestingly, the impact of Brexit on UK universities continues to be negligible, with 10 subjects topped by a British university – two more than last year.

Elsewhere in the world, the rate of improvement among universities from China and Russia has slowed, while French and Brazilian universities have fallen overall.

You can find out which university is number one for each of the 48 different subjects, as well as the five different subject areas which are included within the ranking, in the table below. Alternatively, click here to explore the full results.

To explore the results on your mobile device, download the free QS World University Rankings app, which is available for iPhone and Android. For more in-depth analysis, download our dedicated online supplement.

Every University Ranked Number One in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018



Harvard University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

University of Oxford

*Indicates first-placed position is shared by two universities


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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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