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London crowned world's leading university city

The QS World University Rankings by Subject by global education consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds, sees 115 programs at 19 London higher education institutions achieve a top-50 position for their subject. Other top international cities with a high number of top-50 programs include Boston (69), New York (65), Beijing (59), Seoul (50), Tokyo (46), Los Angeles (43), and Paris (43).

Three programs at London’s higher universities ranked number-one on the planet in their respective disciplines. The Royal College of Art has been ranked world number-one for the study of Art & Design; University College London’s Institute of Education has been ranked first for the study of Education for the fifth consecutive year; and King’s College London has risen from second to first for the study of Dentistry.

The rankings highlight each higher education program’s performance across 4 categories1, including the academic reputation of the institution and employer perception.

Results also show an overall progress for London’s universities, out of the capital’s 228 ranked programs, more have improved their position (79) than have fallen (49) since 2018, cementing the capital’s number one position.

Lalage Clay, Director, Education and Talent at London & Partners, London’s international trade, investment and promotion agency and home of Study London said:

“London attracts bright, ambitious people from around the globe to study at our world-class institutions – they learn from the top academic minds here and contribute to our lively intellectual climate.

These results show that whatever their subject interest – Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Design or Business – international students can be sure of an outstanding experience in London’s diverse higher education sector.”

Jack Moran, QS Spokesperson, said:

“This year’s edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject serves to underline London’s status as a uniquely successful higher education ecosystem. No city possesses the same diversity or concentration of educational excellence, shared among so many institutions.”

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020: London Top-10 Programs

RANK 2020

RANK 2018

Institution

Subject

7=

7

Goldsmiths, University of London

Communication & Media Studies

6

7

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Performing Arts

10

9

Imperial College London

Engineering – Chemical

5

6

Imperial College London

Engineering – Civil & Structural

7

7=

Imperial College London

Engineering – Electrical & Electronic

7=

10

Imperial College London

Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing

9=

9

Imperial College London

Environmental Sciences

10=

12

Imperial College London

Medicine

8

12

Imperial College London

Statistics & Operational Research

1

2=

King’s College London (KCL)

Dentistry

2

2

King’s College London (KCL)

Nursing

8

10

King’s College London (KCL)

Philosophy

3

3

London Business School

Business & Management Studies

4

5

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Accounting & Finance

8

9

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Anthropology

10

8=

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Business & Management Studies

3

4

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Communication & Media Studies

4

4

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Development Studies

5=

6

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Economics & Econometrics

2

2

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Geography

5

6

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

History

6

7

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Law

5

9

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Philosophy

5

4

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Politics & International Studies

3

1

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Social Policy & Administration

3

4

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Sociology

4

4

Royal Academy of Music

Performing Arts

1

1

Royal College of Art

Art & Design

2

3

Royal College of Music

Performing Arts

2

1

Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Veterinary Science

6=

8

SOAS – School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Development Studies

3

1

The Bartlett School of Architecture | UCL (University College London)

Architecture/Built Environment

5

5

UCL (University College London)

Anatomy & Physiology

4=

5

UCL (University College London)

Anthropology

3

3

UCL (University College London)

Archaeology

8

7

UCL (University College London)

Geography

8

9=

UCL (University College London)

Medicine

5

7

UCL (University College London)

Pharmacy & Pharmacology

7

10

UCL (University College London)

Psychology

1

1

UCL Institute of Education | University College London

Education

2

2

University of the Arts London

Art & Design

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41 programs offered by London’s universities achieved a top-10 rank, reinforcing London’s reputation as one of the best cities in the world for higher education.

For further information on studying in London visit www.studylondon.ac.uk