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June 25, 2015

Philosophy, medicine high in QS world rankings

logoTwo Pitt subject areas rank in the top 50 worldwide, according to a new QS World Universities Rankings by Subject 2015 — including a second-place ranking in philosophy. Pitt also ranked 42nd in medicine.

A total of 36 subject areas were ranked for 400 colleges and universities, based on each institution’s academic rating, reputation as an employer and research impact.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds, which specializes in providing information about higher education and careers, only ranked the top 50 universities individually. Beyond that, schools were ranked in groupings.

Other Pitt subject areas ranked in the following categories:

  • 51-100: Pharmacy and pharmacology.
  • 101-150: English language and literature; chemical engineering; biological sciences; psychology; materials sciences; communication and media studies; education.
  • 151-200: History; computer science; physics and astronomy; accounting and finance; economics and econometrics; politics and international studies; statistics.
  • 201-250: Modern languages; chemistry.
  • 201-300: Mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering; mathematics; environmental sciences.
  • 251-300: Electrical and electronic engineering.

Other subject areas that QS Quacquarelli Symonds ranked this year were art and design, linguistics, architecture, civil and structural engineering, agriculture and forestry, dentistry, veterinary science, earth and marine sciences, geography, business and management, development studies, law and sociology.

The full listing of schools can be found at

—Marty Levine