Seven subjects at Swansea feature in QS World University Rankings 2017

This year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject published today (Wednesday, March 8) rank seven subjects at Swansea University for 2017 – four more than in 2016.

Of the 46 subjects which feature in total in this year’s rankings by higher education data specialists QS, the University’s Engineering disciplines continue to perform strongly; Civil and Structural Engineering, and Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering retain their top 200 ranking and this year, Chemical Engineering has joined the world’s top 300.

Mathematics is again ranked in the global league tables this year and is joined by three new subjects – Law; Medicine; and Physics and Astronomy.  QS has also introduced new subject area rankings this year in addition to the separate subject rankings, and Swansea has three subject areas ranked – Arts and Humanities; Engineering and Technology; and Natural Sciences.

Professor Hilary Lappin-ScottProfessor Hilary Lappin-Scott, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and External Recognition), said: “We are delighted to see Swansea is again in the company of the world’s elite institutions, ranked in three of the new subject areas, and seven subjects achieving a world ranking for 2017.  Our Engineering disciplines retain their top 200 ranking from last year, with a new entry for Chemical Engineering in the top 300.  Law, Mathematics, Medicine, and Physics also join this prestigious ranking.

There are thousands of institutions across the globe and building on last year’s tremendous success, to have four further subjects ranked this highly for 2017 is outstanding.  There has been a tremendous amount of hard work by colleagues to deliver such a successful outcome and, on behalf of the University’s Senior Management Team, I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in delivering this superb achievement.

“This clearly sends the message once again that Swansea University continues to provide its students with a world-class education; also recognised by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 league table, which ranked us as the top university in Wales, and the winner of the inaugural Welsh University of the Year title.

“These results, along with our dramatic climb into the top 350 institutions in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016/2017, and an improved ranking of 390th in the QS World University Rankings in 2016/2017; our 5 Stars rating success in the globally recognised QS Stars quality rating; and a number of other UK based independent surveys and league tables for overall student satisfaction (top 15, National Student Survey - NSS), graduate employment (UK Top 15, The Guardian University League Table 2017), and research excellence (top 30, REF2014), all confirm that Swansea University continues on its strong upward trajectory, growing its reputation for international excellence each year.

“The £450m Bay Campus, which opened in September 2015, and the subsequent £60m upgrade of the Singleton Park Campus less than a year later, has allowed us to expand our growing international strategic partnerships, bringing together industry and top academic minds to exchange ideas and facilitate world-leading joint research, while also providing enviable student mobility opportunities to work or study abroad supported by over 100 university partnerships world-wide.

“The fruits of the University’s ambition and plans for growth and expansion, and the campus development programme which has transformed the existing University estate into a research driven exemplar of a 21st century university, can now be seen as we continue to reap further independent accolades and world league table success.”

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