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This year the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has once again been ranked best in the world for Communication Science & Media in the QS World University rankings by subject. This is the fourth year in a row that UvA Communication Science & Media has been ranked number one. Another subject area with a top position this year is Dentistry, which is ranked 3rd in the world. A variety of other subjects areas at the UvA also are also ranked in the top 100.

Top 20

There are a total of six UvA subject areas in the top 20 of their field:

Subject area

Rank in 2021      

Rank in 2020

Communication & Media Studies

1

1

Dentistry

3

2

Sociology

13

10

Psychology

15

15

Geography

19

18

Linguistics

20

16

Top 50

Eleven subject areas at the UvA have placed in the top 50:

Subject area

Rank in 2021      

Rank in 2020

Anthropology

21

19

Development Studies

24

17

Politics & International Studies

26

26

Social Policy & Administration

26

28

Liberary & Information Management

28

19

Medicine

32

30

Law

35

34

History

35

36

Education

37

51-100

Computer Science & Information Systems

40

45

English Language & Literature

41

43

Top 100       

Outside the top 50, universities are ranked by group instead of individually. Ten UvA subject areas are ranked between 51 and 100 in their fields:

Subject area

Rank in 2021      

Rank in 2020

Modern Languages

52

49

Physics & Astronomy

54

50

Accounting & Finance

54

51-100

Economics & Econometrics

56

51-100

Biological Sciences

59

51-100

Mathematics

71

51-100

Business & Management Studies

87

51-100

Philosophy

51-100

40

Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies

51-100

51-100

Statistics & Operational Research

51-100

51-100

Broad subject areas

Every year, QS also ranked five broad subject areas. In four out of the five areas, the UvA is ranked  within the top 100.

Broad subject areas

Rank in 2021

Rank in 2020

Arts & Humanities

26

29

Social Sciences & Management

29

35

Life Sciences & Medicine

36

33

Natural Sciences

88

96

Engineering &Technology

206

183

About the ranking

QS ranks subject areas on the basis of four criteria: employer reputation, academic reputation, citations and H-index. The latter criterion links the impact (number of citations) to the scope (number of publications) of a researcher’s work.

QS published their university-wide World University Rankings on 10 June 2020, in which the UvA placed 61st.