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Seven Irish universities make global top 200 in World Subject rankings

The rankings series reveals the top 200 universities in the world for 30 individual subjects. UCC sees jump in World Subject rankings for environmental sciences and education

SEVEN OF IRELAND’S universities have been named among the global top 200 in at least one of the 30 disciplines covered in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

The rankings series reveals the top 200 universities in the world for 30 individual subjects.

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) remains the country’s best-performing institution, making the top 200 in 20 of the 30 disciplines. TCD has the strongest showing in the arts and humanities, ranking in the top 50 in English, coming in at 25th and also in history, placed at 48th.

Top 50

TCD was the only Irish university to enter into the top 50, though seven of the country’s universities make the top 200 in at least one of the 30 disciplines. It also made the top 50 in politics at 46th and modern languages at 42nd.

While TCD came in top place for some subjects, University College Dublin (UCD) was ranked the top Irish institution for Chemical Engineering, Civil and Structural Engineering as well as Agriculture and Forestry

University College Cork (UCC) has jumped in two subject areas in particular – environmental sciences and education. Ten UCC subject areas overall make the top 200.


UCC’s environmental sciences subject is now ranked 101-150, an improvement on 2013’s ranking, which came in at 151-200. The university has also seen an improvement in the education category, now falling into the top 151-200.

Other subjects remain in the top categories with UCC’s Modern Languages and Law both ranking within 51-100, While Electrical Engineering and Biological Sciences make the top 150.

Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy and Pharmacology and Geography land within the top 200.

Professor John O’Halloran, Head of the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) said the latest QS Subject Rankings were a welcome vote of confidence in UCC’s student-led, research informed and practice focused approach and would help reinforce the message with employers that UCC graduates were “fit for work and fit for world”.

He added:

We are delighted to see environmental science in particular climb the QS ranks. In our programs and research we focus on the big questions, the ‘trilemmas’ facing the world – food, energy and the environment – with the competing demands for land and sea that these activities bring.
Keep the pace
QS head of research Ben Sowter said that “increased international competition from Asia is making it difficult for Ireland’s universities to keep pace, especially in the STEM disciplines”.
He added:
The list of subjects in which Ireland does not have a single university in the top 100 includes mathematics, physics, computer sciences, and all four of the engineering disciplines.

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