Nine Swansea University subjects feature in 2018 QS world rankings

Swansea University features among the world's top institutions in nine subjects in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, published today (Wednesday 28 February 2018).

Of the 48 subjects surveyed by higher education data specialists QS, the University’s Nursing disciplines have entered the world’s top 100, and Law has joined the top 200 - up from the top 250 in 2017.

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018‌Medicine and Mathematics have also risen this year, entering the top 400 and top 350 respectively.

The University’s Engineering disciplines continue to perform strongly, with Civil and Mechanical Engineering retaining their top 200 ranking, and Chemical Engineering remaining in the top 300. Physics has also retained its position in the top 450.

In addition to the nine subjects ranked, Swansea is also ranked in four out of five of the QS broad subject area rankings:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Life Sciences and Medicine
  • Natural Sciences

1,130 institutions from 151 countries have been ranked across 48 subjects in five subject areas. The ranking compares subjects based on their global reputations for research strength and research citations, links with employers to produce the best graduates, and research knowledge transfer.  

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, said: "The publication of this year's QS University Rankings by Subject reinforces our position among the world's very best.

“There are thousands of institutions across the globe, and building on last year’s tremendous success, to have two additional subjects ranked this highly for 2018 is outstanding. There has been a tremendous amount of hard work by colleagues to deliver such a successful outcome and, on behalf of the University’s Senior Management Team, I would like to extend thanks to everyone involved in delivering this superb achievement.

"Whilst Nursing can be singled out for specific praise achieving a global top 100 position, what is especially pleasing is the breadth of quality that we can point to in many subject areas; from Natural Sciences to Arts and Humanities, we rank among the very best.

"However, we are not complacent and as a University, our aim is to continue to build on our success and be ranked among the world's elite. These results are a positive step forward in achieving our overall objective”.

Swansea University results in full:



Chemical Engineering

Top 300

Civil Engineering

Top 200

Environmental Sciences

Top 250


Top 200


Top 350

Mechanical Engineering

Top 200


Top 400


Top 100


Top 450