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UPF improves in all areas of the QS ranking of disciplines

UPF improves in all areas of the QS ranking of disciplines

By subject, the University stands out above all for Economics and Econometrics, in 38th position in the world, and for Linguistics and in Communication and the Media, for which it comes in the Top 100.


Pompeu Fabra University has climbed positions in the rankings in the various fields of knowledge included in the 2018 edition of the QS rankings by disciplines, published today, 28 February. UPF is present in four of the five areas included in the ranking, and in all of them has improved its position in respect of last year’s publication.

The places in the four areas in which the University scores, and those it held in the 2017 edition, are as follow: 81st position in Social Sciences and Administration (107th in 2017); 167th in Arts and Humanities (202nd in 2017); 382nd in Engineering and Technology (451-500th in 2017), and 385th in Life Sciences and Medicine (400th in 2017).

The classification also presents data by disciplines, and in this section the University stands out above all for its 38th position in Economics and Econometrics (last year it came 34th), and because it also comes among the top one hundred institutions in the world for Linguistics and for Communication and Media Studies, as in the 2017 edition.

As for the other subjects, the University is in the top 150 in the world for Modern Languages; among the top 200 in the world for Art and Design, Accounting and Finance, Law, Politics and International Studies, and Sociology, and among the top 250 for Business Management and Administration. The other disciplines in which UPF appears are Pharmacy and Pharmacology (among the world’s top 300), Biology and Medicine (in the top 350), and Mathematics (top 400).

UPF scores in fourteen disciplines, two more than last year

In this 2018 edition in which more than 22 million documents in turn generating close to 200 million citations have been analysed, UPF scores in a total of fourteen disciplines, while in the 2017 edition it did so in 12. The two new subjects this year are Mathematics and Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

This ranking, which QS has published annually since 2011, includes 1,130 institutions and a total of 48 subjects (two more than last year) grouped into five areas: Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences and Medicine, Social and Administration Sciences, and Natural Sciences, the only field in which UPF is not present.

In terms of the methodology used, QS aims to provide information about the most highly esteemed and most influential universities in each subject. To this end, it uses three indicators already present in the global rankings it publishes each autumn: a survey on academic reputation, a survey on employer reputation, and the citations received by the publications of each lecturer.