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Top Universities for Mathematics in 2019

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The recently released QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 includes a ranking of the 400 top universities for mathematics, with each institution ranked based on a methodology which includes academic and employer reputations as well as other factors.

If you’d like to study mathematics at university, read on to discover the top math schools in each world region, or click here to explore the full table.  

Top 10 Universities for Mathematics in the World

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019


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Top universities for mathematics in the US and Canada

An impressive 77 of the world’s top universities for mathematics are found in the US, 20 of which boast positions in the global top 50. Outside the seven in the top 10, other prestigious US universities for mathematics include Columbia University (ranked 12th), California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (14th), the University of Michigan (up five places to rank 16th) and the University of Chicago (17th).

Meanwhile, Canada is home to 18 more top math schools, led by the University of Toronto, which climbed four places to rank 15th. Also in the top 50 are the University of British Columbia and the University of Waterloo.

Top universities for mathematics in Europe

Heading across the Atlantic, you’ll find a further 173 top universities for mathematics within Europe, including 33 in the UK. Outside the top 10 table above, three UK universities feature among the world’s top 50 for this subject: Imperial College London, which narrowly misses out on spot in the top 10 at 11th place, the University of Warwick (which climbed 13 places to rank joint 20th) and the University of Edinburgh (ranked joint 47th for mathematics in 2019).

26 more top universities for mathematics can be found in Germany, including two new entries and two in the global top 50: Technical University of Munich (up five places to rank joint 45th) and Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (50th).

France also performs well, hosting 20 top math schools, including three in the top 50 – new entrant Université PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres) takes the lead at joint 20th, and is followed by Ecole Polytechnique (29th) and another new entrant, Sorbonne University (joint 32nd).

Italy is next with 17 entrants – although none of these make the top 50, Politecnico di MilanoSapienza – Università di Roma and the  University of Pisa all rank 51-100.

A further 15 top universities for mathematics are found in the Nordic locations, with six in Sweden, four in Denmark, three in Norway and two in Finland. Of these, the highest ranked institution is KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, up from 51-100 to 44th this year.

Spain is home to 13 more of the world’s top math schools, including three in the 101-150 range, while the Netherlands and Russia each offer eight top math schools, of which Russia’s Lomonosov Moscow State University is the highest-ranked at joint 34th.

Six more top universities for mathematics are found in Switzerland – as well as ETH Zurich in the top 10, another high-placed Swiss entrant is EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, up five places to rank 19th this year.

Elsewhere, Austria, Belgium and Poland have five top math schools each, with Belgium’s KU Leuven the highest ranked at 51-100, while Austria’s entrants include the University of Vienna at 101-150.

And finally, Poland, Portugal and Ireland have three representatives in the math ranking each, while the Czech Republic has two and Greece, Slovenia, Serbia and Hungary are all home to one entrant each. Of the aforementioned locations, Portugal’s University of Lisbon is the highest ranked institution for mathematics.

Top universities for mathematics in Asia

85 more of the world’s top universities for mathematics can be found in Asia, 28 of which can be found in China. China has seven entrants in the top 100, including Peking University (joint 20th), Tsinghua University (25th) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (up from 51-100 to 42nd).

Japan meanwhile claims 12 entries in the math ranking, including two in the top 50: the University of Tokyo (ranked joint 20th with Peking University) and Kyoto University (joint 36th).

South Korea is home to 11 more of the world’s best institutions for mathematics, with Seoul National University up from 51-100 to now rank within global top 50 for this subject, at joint 47th.

India’s 10 entrants include the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), which both climbed from 151-200 to now rank in the 101-150 range.

Of Hong Kong’s six top math schools, all but one are in the global top 100, with the
Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) overtaking the University of Hong Kong as the location’s number one for this subject, ranked 28th this year.

Also with six schools is Taiwan, led by National Taiwan University (NTU) at 51-100, while
Universiti Malaya (UM) continues to be the highest ranked of Malaysia’s five top universities for mathematics.

Pakistan is new to the math ranking this year with three entrants, while Singapore’s two continue to rank within the top 100 - National University of Singapore (NUS) holds steady at 13th, while Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) fell slightly to now rank within the 51-100 range. And finally, Indonesia and Thailand each offer one more top math school, with Thailand new this year.

Top universities for mathematics in Australia & New Zealand

Australia boasts a total of 17 top math schools in this year’s ranking, including six in the top 100 and one new entry. In the top 50 are the Australian National University (ANU) (31st), the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) (up six places to rank 38th) and the University of Melbourne (41st).

Meanwhile, neighboring New Zealand is home to five more of the world’s best institutions for mathematics, led by the University of Auckland, which is down slightly to rank 51-100 this year.

Top universities for mathematics in Latin America

Heading to Latin America, you’ll find 15 more of the world’s best institutions to study mathematics, including seven in Brazil. Of Brazil’s entrants, its highest ranked continues to be Universidade de São Paulo (USP) at 51-100.

Chile is home to three top math schools, with Universidad de Chile climbing from 101-150 to 51-100. Colombia and Mexico have two entrants each, while Argentina has one, with Mexico’s Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) coming 101-150.

Top universities for mathematics in Africa & the Middle East

Over in the Middle East, Israel claims five representatives in the math ranking, led by
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in the 51-100 range. And of Saudi Arabia’s four entries, King Abdulaziz University (KAU) is the highest ranked, climbing from 151-200 to place 101-150.

Finally, Iran and Turkey are both new to the math ranking, Iran with two entrants and Turkey with one, while Africa is represented by Egypt’s sole entrant, Cairo University (351-400).

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Written by Sabrina Collier
The Assistant Editor of, Sabrina edits and publishes articles which guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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