Two Faculty of Science subject areas listed in QS World University Rankings top 50

29 April 2015

In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, published on Tuesday 28 April, Geography and Linguistics of the Faculty of Science are in the top 50.

Within the Natural Sciences category of the 2015 QS rankings, the UvA advanced to the 13th place world-wide in the subcategory Geography and Area Studies. The Physical Geography research of the Faculty of Science is conducted at its Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED). Characteristic for the geographical research of IBED is the strong interaction between the earth science- and ecology research lines, brought together within the research priority 'Global Ecology'. 

Linguistics is ranked 22nd worldwide. This research is carried out at two UvA research institutes: the interfaculty Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) of the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities, and the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) of the Faculty of Humanities. Both institutes pursue their own lines of research, but also collaborate in the area of language and cognition, for example. The ILLC also participates in the national ‘Language in Interaction’ Gravitation Programme. 

Outside the top 50, universities receive a group ranking rather than an individual ranking. Faculty of Science subject areas in the group 51-100 are: Physics and Astronomy, Computer and Information Sciences and Mathematics. Biology and Chemistry, too, scored in the group 51-100, going up from last year’s 101-150 ranking.


The QS World University Rankings by Subject are based on reputation among experts in the field and employers, as well as research citations. These criteria are weighed differently per subject area. For the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015, 3,467 universities were evaluated and a total of 971 were ranked.

The overall QS World University Rankings are always published in the autumn. In the 2014 edition, the UvA was the highest ranked Dutch university (50th) for the fifth consecutive year.

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