Aston breaks record in global subject rankings


8 March 2017

  • Aston beats personal record for number of subjects featured in the QS World University Subject Rankings
  • Five subjects ranked in global top 250, including English, linguistics, pharmacy, accounting and finance, and business and management studies

Aston University has smashed its own personal best in the highly respected QS World University Subject Rankings, with seven subjects featuring amongst the world’s best institutions.

For the first time electrical engineering, pharmacy and physics have been featured in the rankings, which judge subjects across the world based on academic and employer reputation surveys and the number of citations per faculty.

In addition, two overarching subject areas were featured including for the first time arts and humanities as well as social sciences and management.

Out of the seven subjects that were recognised, five ranked in the top 250 out of all universities worldwide.

4,438 universities were evaluated to compile these rankings, of which less than a quarter were ranked by QS Intelligence.

Professor Helen Higson, Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor at Aston University, said: “This is a great achievement for the university and firmly places Aston amongst the elite institutions of the world. Last year matched our best ever year for having five ranked subjects in the QS World University Subject Rankings, so to break this record shows we are moving in the right direction.”

See below for a breakdown of the subjects that featured in the top 250:



2017 rank

English Language & Literature




Pharmacy & Pharmacology


Accounting & Finance


Business & Management Studies



Notes to the editor

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston University has been always been a force for change. For more than 50 years the University has been transforming lives through pioneering research, innovative teaching and graduate employability success. Aston is renowned for its opportunity enabler through broad access and inspiring academics, providing education that is applied and has real impact on all areas of society, business and industry. True to Aston’s Coat of Arms which bears the word ‘Forward’, in 2016 Aston recently held a year-long anniversary celebration to recognise its heritage and achievements, but with a focus to drive forward the next stage in the University’s exciting journey.

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