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Top Universities in China by Subject

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84 different universities in China are featured in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 and this year’s subject rankings cover 48 different subjects. With so much choice, it can be difficult to decide which university is right for you.

If you’re looking to study in China, but can’t decide where, we have done a breakdown of the top universities in each of the 48 subjects, to help make your decision that little bit easier... 

Accounting & Finance

Peking University is the top university in China for accounting and finance in 23rd place worldwide. 12 other top universities for accounting and finance in China are also featured in this ranking, with three of these in the world top 50, including Nanjing Agricultural University in 26th.

Agriculture & Forestry

25 universities featured in the agriculture and forestry subject rankings, including the top ranking university, China Agricultural University, in 10th place worldwide. There are also two other universities in the world top 50 for agriculture and forestry.

Anatomy & Physiology

Peking University

Peking University is once again at the top of the subject rankings in China, being the highest placing of the three top universities in China for anatomy and physiology in 31st place worldwide. The other two featured Chinese universities also rank within the world top 100.

Anthropology

Peking University is China’s single entrant in the subject rankings for anthropology this year, in 51-100.

Archaeology

Peking University, once again, comes top of the table as the best of four top Chinese universities to study archaeology in 2020, rising 13 places in the rankings this year to rank 17th. Nanjing University ranks in the top 100 worldwide.

Architecture

Of the 12 top universities in China in this year’s architecture ranking, Tsinghua University performs the best, in 11th place this year, followed by Tongji University in joint 18th.

Art & Design

11 of the world’s top universities for art and design are located in China, with Tongji University once again taking the top position, rising one place this year to 13th worldwide.

Arts and Humanities

China is home to 18 of the world’s best arts and humanities schools. Of these, three are in the top 100, including Peking University which comes out top in China in 38th place, despite dropping four places this year.

Biological Sciences

An impressive 34 biological science programs in the world rankings can be found in China. These include Tsinghua University (rising an incredible 9 places this year to joint 27th) and Peking University (dropping five places to 33rd). There are also five new entries this year for biological science programs in China.

Business & Management Studies

18 of the top business and management schools are in China, including four in the top 50. The highest ranked of these is Tsinghua University, climbing five places this year to reach joint 34th. Peking University also performs well in 36th.

Chemistry

China is home to 38 of the world’s best chemistry universities. Peking University is at the top of these, rising three places to 15th this year. There are five other chemistry universities ranking in the world top 50. 

Civil & Structural Engineering

Tongji University

11 civil and structural engineering universities are found in China, with three of these in the global top 50. Tsinghua University takes the top spot in 10th, Shanghai Jiao Tong University places in 29th and Tongji University rises nine places this year to 31st.

Classics & Ancient History

China has two brand new entrants this year in the subject rankings for classics and ancient history. Both Peking University and Fudan University rank within the top 50; placing 40th and 50th respectively.

Communication & Media Studies

There are seven top communication and media studies universities in China this year, with Fudan University, Peking University and Tsinghua University all placing at 51-100.

Computer Science & Information Systems

32 Chinese universities are ranked in the subject rankings for computer science and information systems. Of these, Tsinghua University ranks the highest, climbing two places this year to 13th place.

Dentistry

Two of the world’s top universities for dentistry are located in China: Peking University, rising three places to 20th and Wuhan University, falling four places to 32nd.

Development Studies

There are also two development studies universities in this year’s ranking in China: Fudan University and Zhejiang University, which both rank at 51-100.

Earth & Marine Sciences

11 universities to study earth and marine sciences are found in China. Of these, Peking University is the highest ranked this year, in 30th place.

Economics & Econometrics

Peking University is the highest-ranking university in China for economics and econometrics in joint 25th place. There are 22 other economics and econometrics universities in the rankings this year in China.

Education

China has five universities in the rankings this year where you can study education. Beijing Normal University rises four places this year to take the top spot in 25th place.

Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

35 Chinese universities are featured in the subject ranking for electrical and electronic engineering in 2020. Four of these feature in the worldwide top 50, including top ranking Tsinghua University in 11th, Peking University in 27th, Shanghai Jiao Tong University in joint 29th and Zhejiang University (falling eight places to 47th).

Engineering and Technology

34 top engineering and technology universities are located in China. Eight of these are in the world top 100, with Tsinghua University once again ranking top in China in ninth place. Other notable universities include University of Science and Technology of China, which rises six places this year to 67th and Beijing Institute of Technology, which climbs 13 places to joint 167th.

English Language & Literature

Of the 14 universities featured in the rankings for English language and Literature, Peking University comes out on top, in 44th position, after rising seven places this year.

Environmental Sciences

China is home to 30 environmental sciences universities, including three in the world top ten. Tsinghua University places first China for environmental science, rising four places this year to rank joint ninth. Zhejiang University performs well, rising eight places to joint 43rd place. This year’s subject rankings also features seven new entrants in China for environmental science.

Geography

Peking University is the top university of the nine Chinese universities featured in this year’s subject ranking for geography, rising two places this year to 14th in the world.

History

Peking University is the number one history school in China, and there are five other top history universities to choose from in this year’s ranking.

Law

China is home to 14 top law schools, including Peking University which, once again, comes out on top, in 23rd place.

Library & Information Management

There are three top universities in China where you can study library and information management, all of which are placed in the world top 50. The highest-ranking university of these is Wuhan University, rising an incredible 12 places this year to rank joint 35th.

Life Sciences and Medicine

24 of the world’s best universities to study life sciences and medicine can be found in China. Peking University is once again ranked the highest, claiming 53rd place in the world rankings for life sciences and medicine, rising five places this year, followed by Fudan University, in 82nd

Linguistics

14 of the world’s best universities to study linguistics are located in China, with Peking University the world leader in 16th.

Materials Science

Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University is the highest ranked of the 42 universities, ranking 9th in the world. University of Science and Technology of China also performs well this year, rising nine places to rank joint 40th.

Mathematics

There are 37 Chinese universities in the subject rankings for mathematics in 2020, including nine new entrants this year. Coming out on top this year for mathematics in China is Tsinghua University, rising five places this year to 20th.

Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering

33 of the mechanical, aeronautical and mechanical engineering universities featured in this year’s subject ranking are located in China. Of these, Tsinghua University ranks the highest, retaining its spot in 14th place this year.

Medicine

Peking University once again ranks the highest in China, this time for its medicine course. There are currently 23 excellent medical schools in China, including five new entries this year.

Mineral & Mining Engineering

All of the three mineral and mining engineering schools in China are featured in the world top 50 of the subject rankings in 2020. Wuhan University is the best of these, in 26th place this year.

Modern Languages

Fudan University

15 top modern language schools are located in China, including three in the world top 50: Peking University (9th), Fudan University (26th) and Tsinghua University (rising 10 places to 38th this year).

Natural Sciences

Seven of China’s 35 natural science universities are ranked in the top 100 worldwide, with Tsinghua University on top in 16th place, after rising three places this year.

Nursing

There are only two ranked Chinese nursing schools in this year’s subject rankings: Fudan University and Peking University, both placing 51-100th.

Performing Arts

China’s sole entrant for performing arts this year in the subject ranking is Central Academy of Drama, China in 40th place.

Pharmacy & Pharmacology

Up three places to 12th place worldwide, Peking University is the best university in China for pharmacy and pharmacology. 18 other Chinese institutions are also ranked.

Philosophy

Retaining its place in 32nd this year, Philois Renmin (People’s) University of China remains the top philosophy school in China. There are 10 other Chinese universities in the philosophy rankings this year.

Physics & Astronomy

A staggering 39 Chinese universities are featured in this year’s physics and astronomy subject rankings in 2020. In the top place is Tsinghua University, climbing three places to reach joint 15th this year.

Politics & International Studies

Of the six politics and international relations universities in China, Tsinghua University comes out on top, in 36th place.

Psychology

There are eight Chinese psychology schools in this year’s subject rankings, including top ranking Peking University, which rises four places to claim joint 47th in the world.

Social Policy & Administration

Three of the six universities in the 2020 subject rankings for social policy and administration are in the world top 50. Peking University is, once again, the highest ranked, in 26th place.

Social Sciences and Management

China is home to 19 excellent social sciences and management schools, with six of these in the world top 100, including the top ranked university for social sciences and management, Peking University, in 20th place worldwide.

Sociology

Peking University is, once again, in the top spot in the subject rankings in China – this time for sociology, where it rises five places to steal joint 21st place. There are also 10 other sociology schools in China.

Sports-related Subjects

Of the sports related subjects, there is only one entry in China this year; Peking University ranks in 51-100th place worldwide.

Statistics & Operational Research

An admirable 17 Chinese universities can be found in the ranking for statistics and operational research this year. Tsinghua University comes out on top in joint 16th, after rising three places this year.

Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies

Only two Chinese universities can be found in the theology, divinity and religious studies subject rankings this year: Fudan University, dropping 20 places this year and Renmin (People’s) University of China, falling seven places – both ranking 51-100th.

At a glance: top universities in China

University

Amount of number one ranks for China in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

Peking University

24

Tsinghua University

16

Fudan University

4

Zhejiang University

3

Tongji University

3

Wuhan University

2

Renmin (People’s) University of China

2

University of Science and Technology of China

2

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

2

Beijing Institute of Technology

1

Nanjing Agricultural University

1

China Agricultural University

1

Beijing Normal University

1

Nanjing University

1

Central Academy of Drama

1

Philois Renmin (People’s) University of China

1

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Written by Chloe Lane
A Content Writer for TopUniversities.com, Chloe has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Reading and grew up in Leicestershire, UK. 

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