General information on ranking

Name of the ranking THE World University Rankings by Subject
Geographical scope Global
Name of person in charge of ranking Phil Baty
E-mail of person in charge of ranking
Website of the ranking
Publication frequency annual
First year of publication 2011
Most recent year of publication 2023
Date of last update 2023-07-12
Ranking organization Times Higher Education
Website of the methodology

THE World University Rankings by Subject employs the same range of 13 performance indicators used in the overall World University Rankings brought together with scores provided under five categories. It covers 48 subjects grouped into 11 broad subject areas: Arts & Humanities, Business & Economics, Clinical, Pre-cilinical & Health, Computer Science, Education, Engineering & Technology, Law, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences. 

Two criteria determine eligibility for the THE subject rankings: a publication threshold and an academic staff threshold. They are set differently for each of the 11 broad ranking subjects. With regards to staff eligibility criterion, an institution needs to have either a minimum proportion of its staff or a minimum number of staff in the discipline to be included in the subject ranking. The threshold depends on the broad subject. 

The subject tables use the same performance indicators as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023, but the methodology has been recalibrated to suit the individual fields. The performance indicators are:

TEACHING (the learning environment), including: Reputation survey, Staff-to-student ratio, Doctorate-to-bachelor’s ratio, Doctorates-awarded-to-academic-staff ratio, Institutional income

RESEARCH (volume, income and reputation), including: Reputation survey, Research income, Research productivity

CITATIONS (research influence)

INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK (staff, students and research), including: International-to-domestic-student ratio, International-to-domestic-staff ratio, International collaboration 

INDUSTRY INCOME (innovation)

Additional information

  • Type of publication: internet, print - magazine, newspaper
  • Internet users access to ranking: open access
  • Language of publication: English
  • Main target groups: higher education institutions, policymakers, governments and funding agencies, students and parents
  • Level of comparison: broad fields: 11, subjects: 48
  • Major dimensions covered: internationalization, knowledge transfer, reputation, research, teaching
  • Structure of presentation: ordinary presentation (league tables)
  • Data sources: data collected from HEIs by ranking organization, survey conducted exclusively by ranking organization, third-party database (data not provided by HEI)
  • Quality assurance of ranking: certification (e.g. IREG Audit)
  • Website of the ranking organization:
  • Types of the ranking organization: commercial/for-profit (incl. media)
  • Types of rankings: global-subjects