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Computer Science Most Popular in the QS World University Rankings by Subject

LONDON, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject, published today on, reveals the top 200 universities in the world for 30 disciplines including degree subjects such as economics, civil engineering, physics, law and others.

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Computer science is the most popular table of the rankings on since their inception. It received over 600,000 views in the past six months and attracts three times as many readers as the average subject ranked by QS.

The second and third most popular subjects are mechanical engineering, followed by medicine.

The trend reflects the finding of a recent study of global demand for IT analysts, developers, programmers and engineers. These occupations were found on the national skills shortage lists of 21 OECD and BRICS countries.*

The 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject evaluated 2,858 universities and ranked 678 institutions in total. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was once again crowned the top university in the world for computer science, for the third year in a row.

Top 10 institutions in Computer Science

     Rank   Institution                                        Country

      1    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)          US
      2    Stanford University                                  US
      3    University of Oxford                                 UK
      4    Carnegie Mellon University                           US
      5    University of Cambridge                             UK
      6    Harvard University                                   US
      7    University of California, Berkeley (UCB)             US
      8    National University of Singapore (NUS)               Singapore
      9    ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)   Switzerland
     10    University of Hong Kong (HKU)                        Hong Kong

Top 10 countries by number of institutions in Computer Science

               Country                       Number

            United States                      40
           United Kingdom                      18
              Australia                        16
               Germany                         13
                China                           8
               Canada                           8
                Japan                           8
             Netherlands                        7
                India                           6
                Italy                           6
               Taiwan                           6

Ben Sowter, head of research at QS, says: "The explosions in technology-based start-ups, as well as national security fears of cyber warfare, have meant that computer science graduates are in great demand with employers. As our ranking is the only one to take into account the opinion of employers, our results are closely watched by students who want to increase their chances of employment, as well as those looking to recruit the best talent nationally and internationally.

The full methodology, alongside the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject tables for accounting and finance; maths; chemistry; history; English language; sociology; electrical engineering; chemical engineering; politics, biological sciences; modern languages; psychology, and more can be found on


SOURCE QS Quacquarelli Symonds


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