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6 UCD subjects in top 50 QS World University Rankings by Subject

Wednesday, 27 February, 2019

Posted 27 February, 2019

The (opens in a new window)QS World University Rankings by Subject, published today, ranks UCD in 39 subjects and in each of the five board subject areas. Of the 48 subject areas listed by QS, UCD offers 41.

Six subjects are ranked in the top 50 – up from two last year.

  • Veterinary Science 26
  • Library & Information Management 38
  • Nursing 44
  • English Language and Literature 49
  • Sports-related subjects 50
  • Engineering – Mineral & Mining 50

UCD has 14 subjects in the top 100 (up 2 from 2018) and 35 in the top 200 (up from 30).

Ranked between 51-100:

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Law
  • Politics & International Studies
  • Social Policy & Administration

Across the University, 18 subjects increased their ranking and 19 stayed within the same band as last year.

Commenting on the publication of these subject rankings, the President of UCD, Professor Andrew Deeks said:

“The improved performance is partially a reflection of our strength in the area of employability, where we are ranked 74th in the world and number 1 in Ireland.  

It also reflects the quality of our research and scholarship, which is represented in the level of citations and H-index scores.  And I would like to pay tribute to our faculty who continue to excel not just here in Ireland but in the international arena.”

To compile these rankings QS uses four criteria: academic survey, employer survey, citations per published paper in peer reviewed, and a H-index that is based on the set of most cited papers.

For 2019, QS ranked 1,222 universities.

By: Eilis O'Brien, UCD University Relations