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In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, published on Wednesday 26 February, nine of the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) subject areas are in the top 50. Communication & Media Studies is the highest ranked subject area, listed 10th worldwide.

QS World University Rankings
Photo: Dirk Gillissen

The other UvA subject areas in the top 50 are: Psychology (16th), Geography (17th), Sociology (18th), Linguistics (25th), Modern Languages (43rd), Medicine (44th), Political Science (44th) and Law (50th).

22 subject areas in Top 200

With its 22 subject areas, the UvA is ranked among the best 200 in the world. Outside the top 50, universities receive a group ranking rather than an individual ranking. The following UvA subject areas were placed in the group ranked 51-100: English, History, Philosophy, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy, Accounting & Finance, Education, and Economics & Econometrics. In group 101-150: Biology, Chemistry and Statistics. In group 151-200: Materials Science.


The QS World University Rankings by Subject are based on reputation among experts in the field and employers, as well as research citations. These criteria are weighed differently per subject area. For the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 3002 universities were evaluated and a total of 689 were ranked.

The overall QS World University Rankings are always published in the autumn. In the 2013 edition, the UvA was the highest ranked Dutch university (58th) for the fourth consecutive year.