The rankings are based upon academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact (click here to read the full methodology).
Use the interactive table below to filter the rankings by location, and click on individual universities for more information. Registered users will also be able to use the site’s Compare function to see facts and statistics about multiple universities side-by-side.
Harvard University remains the number one destination for Sociology students in the world, making it four years at the top of our subject rankings. The majority of the top 10 also remains unchanged, with Yale University (ranked joint eighth) the only institution breaking in.
American universities may dominate towards the top of this year’s ranking, taking 11 of the top 15 places, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t options for students from elsewhere in the world. Oxford and the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) lead the way in the UK, while the National University of Singapore (=15th), University of Toronto (17th) and Australian National University (18th) provide some geographical spread to the top 20.
Interested in other courses besides Sociology? The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 covers 46 different subjects. Click here to see the full list.