Informatics shines in the 2023 QS world subject rankings

[23/03/2023] The School of Informatics is ranked 15th in the world in the QS ranking for Data Science, a new subject addition to QS annual subject rankings. The School has also improved its standing in Computer Science and Information Systems moving up by 3 ranks to 20th in the world.

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Top 20 in the world, top 5 in the UK

Data Science is a new discipline in the thirteenth edition of the global higher education analyst Quacquarelli Symonds’ World University Rankings by Subject. The School of Informatics is ranked 2nd in the UK, behind Oxford (ranked 4th), followed by Imperial (16th) and UCL (17th). 

In the Computer Science and Information Systems rankings we are 4th in the UK, with Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial ranked 5th, 7th and 15th respectively. In a similar ranking last year (that still included Data Science) we were ranked 23rd. 

I am delighted that Informatics at Edinburgh has again placed highly in the QS World Rankings, climbing to place 20 in Computer Science and Information Systems and entering at place 15 in the new Data Science category. It this is testimony to the quality and breadth of research and teaching in the School of Informatics.

Professor Frank Keller, Deputy Head of School of Informatics 

We are especially pleased to be second in the UK in QS's newly separate field of Data Science, where the University of Edinburgh is a pioneer in both theoretical and applied work. Our rankings in both disciplines are a testament to the hard work and creativity of our large and diverse community.

Professor Perdita Stevens, Director of Research, School of Informatics

Currently the School of Informatics is ranked 24th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for Computer Science. On average, we are consistently ranked in top 30 in the world.  

The University of Edinburgh is currently ranked 15th in the QS World University rankings 2023. 

The United States had the highest number of top-10 programs (256), followed by the United Kingdom with 145, and Switzerland with 32. 

Methodology and reach

The rankings are based on an independent comparative analysis of over 15,700 individual university programs taken by students at 1,594 universities in 93 countries and territories. 

The QS World University rankings were calculated using five criteria: 

  • Academic reputation. Academic experts are asked to list up to 10 domestic and 30 international institutions which they consider to be excellent for research in the given area.  

  • Employer reputation. Employers are asked to identify up to 10 domestic and 30 international institutions they consider excellent for the recruitment of graduates. They are also asked to identify the disciplines from which they prefer to recruit. 

  • Research citations per paper. Citation data is sourced from Elsevier Scopus. A minimum publication threshold is set for each subject to avoid potential anomalies caused by a small numbers of highly cited papers. 

  • H-index. The H-index measures both the productivity and impact of an academic or department at a university. It’s based on the set of the academic’s most cited papers and the number of citations they have received in other publications. 

  • International research network. The IRN Index reflects the ability of institutions to diversify the geography of their international research network by establishing sustainable research partnerships with other higher education institutions. 

QS World University Ranking by Subject is the largest student-oriented subject ranking. Academic and employer reputation is based on a global survey of 151,000 academics and 99,000 employers, research citations per paper, H-index, and international research network. The rankings were consulted over 120 million times in 2022 on and referenced 117,000 times by media globally. 

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QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023: Data Science - 15th

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023: Computer Science and Information Systems - 20th

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