Harvard university has swept the board ranking highest in the world’s top 100 universities for medicine, biological sciences and psychology withCambridge and Oxford following closely behind.
Once again, the elite American university has topped another top 100 world rankings list – it was revealed earlier this year that Harvard had topped the world university reputation list as compiled by Times Higher Education.
Although the US seem to have shown a surge in university rankings across the world, the UK does follow in second place according to the rankings published today by leading higher education and careers research company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). Ten UK universities feature in the top 50 in at least one of the three subjects; medicine, biological sciences and psychology.
With the trend of major UK universities planning to charge the maximum £9000 fees, universities will be under even more pressure to ensure students get value for money with highly esteemed courses. The results from QS show three UK universities to enter the top ten world rankings for medicine; Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial whereas this reduces to just two for both biological sciences and psychology (Cambridge and Oxford).
One of the factors accredited to Harvard’s high medicine ranking has been noted by QS for “pioneering work in stem cell research” which was carried out in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology. However both Oxford and Cambridge were praised for being “traditional UK research hubs” although it was noted that in the field of biological sciences, research citations fell short of their US counterparts.