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Various subject areas at the University of Amsterdam are highly ranked in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject, which were published on Wednesday, 27 February. The UvA ranks among the top 100 worldwide in 29 out of the 48 subject areas measured by QS. In the area of Communication Science & Media Studies, the UvA is ranked best in the world for the second year in a row. Another top ranked subject area is dentistry (joint UvA-VU), which jumps to 2nd in the world (up from 4 last year).

Several other subject areas at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) also have a high ranking. There are top 20 positions for Sociology, Linguistics, Psychology, Anthropology, Geography, and Library & Information Management. Sociology is in 12th place, Linguistics in 15th, Psychology in 16th and Anthropology in 17th place. Geography and Library & Information Management are both at 19.

A number of other UvA subject areas also reached the top 50 in the QS Ranking: Politics & International Studies , History, Development Studies, Medicine, Education, Philosophy, Law, English Language & Literature, Social Policy & Administration and Statistics & Operational Research.

Outside the top 50, universities are ranked by group instead of individually. The UvA subject areas listed in the group 51-100 are: Modern Languages, Economics & Econometrics, Physics & Astronomy, Archaeology, Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies, Computer Science & Information Systems, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Accounting & Finance, and Business & Management Studies.

Interdisciplinary strategy

The UvA recognises that the QS Rankings by Subject reflects its profile as a university that is pre-eminent in the way it combines quality with academic breadth and interdisciplinarity. However, the ranking is based on a disciplinary academic tradition which contrasts with the interdisciplinary strategy of the UvA. As with all rankings, it is a composite indicator that is selective in the information is shares about universities. For the UvA, it is an additional source of information, which helps us develop and grow, but does not play a guiding role in our strategy.

About the ranking

QS ranks subject areas on the basis of four criteria: employer reputation, academic reputation, citations and H-index. The latter criterion links the impact (number of citations) to the scope (number of publications) of a researcher’s work. In the university-wide QS World University Rankings released on 6 June 2018, the UvA is placed 57th.