LONDON, April 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
The expert opinion of 85,062 academics and 41,910 employers informed the results, alongside the analysis of 17.3 million research papers and over 100 million citations (Scopus/Elsevier bibliometric database).
Harvard and MIT continue to take the lion's share of top places, leading in 21 subjects between them. However, UK universities have improved their positions overall, with six separate institutions leading in at least one subject.
In the six NEW disciplines ranked, London Business School leads Harvard and INSEAD in Business and Management, while MIT leads The Bartlett School (UCL) and TU Delft in Architecture.
The Royal College of Art tops the table for Art & Design followed by Parsons School for Design. Sweden's Karolinska Institute tops Dentistry while Hong Kong University takes the second spot.
University of Sussex dominates Development Studies followed by Harvard and Manchester University. UC Davis, Cornell and The Royal Veterinary College take the top three spots for Veterinary Science.
Ben Sowter, QS head of research says: "The ranking shows that academic excellence is widely distributed around the globe. The 894 universities ranked are based in 60 different countries.
The 200 universities listed for business, for example, are in 32 nations, and the 400 ranked for medicine in 47."
Cambridge ranks among the top-ten in 31 disciplines followed by Oxford and Stanford in 29 apiece. Harvard makes the top-ten in 28 subjects, UC Berkeley in 26 and MIT in 19 and London School of Economics (LSE) 11.
They are followed by Princeton and UCLA (10), Yale (9), Imperial College (8), UCL (6), Caltech and Columbia University (5).
Outside UK and US, here are the universities achieving the most numerous placements within the top-ten.
Placements in Top 10 National University Singapore 11 Singapore ETH Zurich 10 Switzerland University of Tokyo 6 Japan Australian National University 4 Australia University of Hong Kong 4 Hong Kong Nanyang Technological University 3 Singapore Karolinska Institute 3 Sweden Melbourne University 2 Australia Tsinghua University 2 China TU Delft 2 Netherlands Wageningen University 2 Netherlands
The chart below illustrates the proportion of universities featuring among the Top 50 across the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015.
USA 36.6% Asia 17.0% Europe excl. UK 15.5% UK 14.0% Australia 8.5% Canada 5.3% Latin America 1.7% New Zealand 1.1% Africa 0.3%
SOURCE QS Quacquarelli Symonds