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The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the highest placed Dutch university in 11 subject areas in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. A total of 17 UvA subject areas are ranked in the top 50 of their discipline. The QS Rankings were published earlier today.

QS World University Ranking

In the latest QS Rankings by Subject, Communication & Media Studies move up two spots to 6th place, making it the highest ranked UvA subject area. The ten other subject areas ranked highest nationally are: Anthropology (15), Education (35), English Language & Literature (46), Geography & Area Studies (14), Linguistics (19), Modern Languages (39), Philosophy (48), Psychology (10), Social Policy & Administration (29), and Sociology (14).

A further six UvA subject areas are listed in the top 50: Accounting & Finance (50), Development Studies (25), Economics & Econometrics (41), History (43), Medicine (34), and Politics & International Studies (33).

Top 100

Outside the top 50, universities are ranked by group instead of individually. The UvA subject areas listed in the group 51-100 are: Archaeology, Biological Sciences, Business & Management Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science & Information Systems, Law, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Physics & Astronomy, and Statistics & Operational Research.


A total of 4,226 universities were evaluated by QS, of which 945 were eventually ranked in 42 subject areas. The ranking is done on the basis of four criteria:

  • Employer reputation – employers are asked to identify the 10 national and 30 international universities they perceive to be producing the best graduates.
  • Academic reputation ­– academics are asked to identify the 10 national and 30 international universities where they believe the best work is currently taking place within their own field of expertise.
  • Citations ­– the number of times an academic publication is cited in other academic publications.
  • H index – Impact (number of citations) is linked to the scope (number of articles) of a researcher’s work. 

The university-wide QS World University Rankings is always released in the autumn. In the 2015-16 edition, the UvA is placed 55th, making it the highest ranked Dutch university.