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Humanities subject areas do well in 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 3:40pm

The 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject were released on 8 March and a large number of Humanities subject areas ranked very well.

Archaeology ranked inside the top 50 at 40th and Development Studies at 44th.

Anthropology, Education, Geography, History, Law and Performing Arts were ranked in the top 100 internationally.

Ranked in the 101-150 band worldwide were: Linguistics, English Language and Literature, Modern Languages, Politics and International Studies. Ranked in the 151-200 band were: Communication and Media Studies, Sociology and Philosophy.

The QS rankings involve consideration of over 4,400 universities worldwide so these rankings recognise the achievements of the Division’s educational offerings so far across many areas.

The QS subject rankings are arrived at on the basis of a combination of factors including Academic Reputation (how academics from other universities rate a university in a particular subject area), Employer Reputation (how employers rate a university in a particular subject area), and citations (the extent to which the work of an academic in a subject area is quoted or referenced in the work of others).


Also new for 2017 are global rankings in "faculty" areas (aggregations of subject areas) used by QS.

Within these Otago is:

  • 88th in the world for arts and humanities
  • 89th in the world for social sciences and management