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Swansea University has delivered its best-ever performance in a leading global university ranking by subject for the third year in a row.

The 2024 edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, released by global higher education analyst QS Quacquarelli Symonds, provides independent comparative analysis on the performance of more than 16,400 individual university programmes, taken by students at more than 1500 universities in 96 locations around the world, across 55 academic disciplines and five broad faculty areas.

According to the latest rankings, Swansea University has:

  • Increased the number of specific subjects achieving a world rank from 23 to 25, with the addition of Nursing and Marketing.
  • Increased the number of its subjects in the top 100 from four to six, with 10 now featuring in the top 200 overall.
  • Entered the world rankings in four subjects - Nursing, Accounting & Finance, Communication & Media Studies, and Marketing

In the QS rankings, universities are compared across a range of metrics designed to measure their performance against research excellence such as research reputation and research citation impact and employers’ preferences for graduate recruitment.

Subjects at Swansea University which feature in the global top 200 now include:

  • Marketing 21-50
  • Sports-related subjects 51-100
  • Classics & Ancient History 51-100
  • Business and Management Studies 78
  • Materials Science 97
  • Engineering - Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing 97
  • English Language & Literature 101-150
  • Law 101-150
  • Nursing 151-200
  • Computer Science & Information Systems 198

Professor Judith Lamie, Swansea University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), said: “These latest QS subject rankings reaffirm our standing as a renowned global institution spanning diverse disciplines, acknowledging the outstanding research and influence contributed by our faculty members at Swansea University.

“We are pleased that several of our programs have once more been acknowledged as top-tier globally, and this success reflects the ongoing dedication of our colleagues in propelling us to these achievements, underscoring our commitment to innovative research and education.”

QS Senior Vice President Ben Sowter said: “QS’ analysis of performance trends across nearly 16,000 university departments worldwide continues to illuminate factors influencing the quality of higher education institutions globally. An international outlook remains paramount, manifested through diversity of students, faculty body and research relationships. Additionally, universities experiencing upward mobility have benefited from sustained, targeted investment, highlighting the importance of government support. Meanwhile, the development of partnerships with industry correlates with improved performance in employment and research.”

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