University of Sheffield takes 17 'top 100' spots in global subject rankings

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The University of Sheffield has reaffirmed its position as a world-leading institution for research and teaching in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

The league table named the University second best in the world for Library and Information Management, reflecting the outstanding research and teaching of the University of Sheffield’s Information School.

A further 16 subjects were ranked in the top 100 in the world, six of which were within the top 50. The subjects in the top 50 included: Architecture, which climbed nine places from last year to be ranked 21st in the world; Civil and Structural Engineering; Development Studies; Archaeology; and Geography. The remaining subjects in the top 100 included: Communication and Media Studies, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, English Language and Literature, Environmental Sciences, Materials Science, Nursing, Philosophy, Politics and International Studies, Psychology, Social Policy and Administration and Sociology.

The University of Sheffield's Information School has been at the forefront of developments in the information field for more than 50 years and has an international reputation for its high quality teaching and research. It has achieved the highest possible grade in every one of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) evaluations of research quality in UK universities since these began in 1989. Research from the school fundamentally explores the power of information in the digital world, and examines how people, organisations and society use information to shape and influence our increasingly dynamic and complex world.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject rank the world’s top universities in individual subject areas, covering 48 subjects as of 2019.

Evaluating over 1,200 universities across 78 countries, each of the subject rankings is compiled using insight from over 83,000 academics, over 42,000 employers and 150 million citations from 22 million academic papers.

Overall, the University of Sheffield has been ranked as the 13th best institution in the UK and 75th in the world, a rise from the previous placing of 82nd.

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