The University of Southampton

Physics and Astronomy in global top 100 and UK's top ten in QS World University Rankings by Subject

Published: 20 April 2022
Physics and Astronomy rises to 55th in the world and 7th in the UK

Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton is ranked within the global top 100 and the UK's top ten in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.

The subject rises 11 places to 55th in the world (seventh in the UK) in the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings which are internationally recognised indicators of excellence to rate and rank the world's leading universities.

As well as providing global rankings at institutional level, QS ranks universities in individual subject areas using data compiled from global surveys of academics and employers.

Southampton's performance in all the areas listed is powered by the University's continued improvement in reputational rating among academic peers and employers around the world. The good scores for research citations and 'h-index' measures the productivity and impact of work published by scientists and scholars in each subject.

Associate Dean of Research, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Professor Robert Wood, says: "It is fantastic to see Physics and Astronomy being recognised so highly in these global rankings. This confirms our world-leading research across the subject, the impact we are having and the relevance and reach of our research in this discipline."

The University has 12 subjects ranked in the global top 100 - six are in the global top 50, twice as many as last year. This is a mark of consistent quality, indicative of its place among the best universities in the world.

Elsewhere in Engineering and Physical Sciences, Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacture Engineering rises 12 places to 63rd in the world (sixth in the UK), and Engineering and Technology is 85th in the world (seventh in the UK). Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) is placed 65th in the world and seventh in the UK, and Civil and Structural Engineering remains in the world's 51-100 place band.

This continued success in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 demonstrates and strengthens the University of Southampton's position as one of the world's leading universities.

Read the full University QS Rankings by Subject story here.

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