Strong results continue for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in the 2018 QS Subject Rankings

5 March 2018

The QS 2018 Subject Rankings, released last week, highlighted another strong showing for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, with nine subjects ranking in the top two domestically, and three reaching the global top 20.

English Language and Literature retained its #1 ranking in Australia, while Modern Languages also secured the #1 position, moving up a spot to distinguish itself as the nation's discipline leader.

A further seven subjects - Archaeology, Education, History, Philosophy, Politics and International Studies and Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies-also earned high placements, ranking #2 domestically.

Overall, the Faculty continued its three-year streak of international top 20 appearances, placing 14th in the world in Social Sciences and 17th in the world for Arts and Humanities.

This strong international performance continued with three subjects ranking in the top 20 globally-Education (12th), English Language and Literature (18th), and Politics and International Studies (jumping 5 spots to 18th).

"These are fantastic results for the Arts and Social Sciences at Sydney. We are thrilled to hold so many first and second rankings across such a range of arts and social science disciplines," said Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor Annamarie Jagose.

"And it's very rewarding to have three subjects ranked among the top 20 globally with Education, English Language and Literature, and Politics and International Studies."

"These results are a tremendous acknowledgement of the Faculty of Arts and Social Science's excellence in education and research leadership. The Faculty is home to some of the world's most outstanding scholars in a wide range of disciplines and to be recognised at both a national and international level is testament to a long history of extraordinary achievement."

Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University said, "Our continuing strong results in the QS rankings is a testament to the quality of our teaching and research across a broad range of disciplines."

"The University aspires to be the best education and research institution in Australia and among the best in the world as we continue to solve some of the major challenges facing the Australian and international community."

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a wide and diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, which provides students with transferable knowledge and skills to take around the world and into any workplace.

The QS Subject Rankings score universities around the world on their reputation with employers and academics as well as their H-index as an institution (the H-index is a metric that attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of a publication) and citations per research paper.

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