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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.

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. 

See the complete rankings by subject

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. 

Read more about the university-wide QS World Rankings

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