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May 12, 2016

Philosophy dept. ranked tops in world

Pitt is the world’s top university for philosophy, according to the 2016 QS World University Rankings by subject.

The annual rankings, released last week, ranked institutions in 42 subject areas, based on schools’ academic reputation, their reputation for producing employable graduates and their research impact.

Philosophy had been on a steady climb, moving from No. 7 in 2013 to No. 3 in 2014 and No. 2 in 2015.

Pitt also was highly rated for nursing (No. 12) and medicine (No. 46) in the new subject matter rankings, which were released last week.


Pitt was among the top 100 schools worldwide for studying education and training; pharmacy and pharmacology and social policy and administration, the annual rankings found.

The University was among the top 150 schools for studying biological sciences, politics or psychology, and was among the top 200 schools in chemical engineering; communication and media studies, English language and literature, history, physics and astronomy and statistics/operational research.

Pitt ranked in the top 250 schools worldwide in the areas of computer science and information systems; chemistry; economics and econometrics; mathematics; and mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering.

Pitt’s environmental sciences and electrical/electronics engineering ranked in the top 300 schools in the subject matter ranking.

Of 42 subjects in the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject, Pitt was unrated in 20: accounting and finance; agriculture and forestry; anthropology; archaeology; architecture; art and design; business and management studies; civil and structural engineering; dentistry; development studies; earth and marine sciences; geography and area studies; law; linguistics; materials science; mineral and mining engineering; modern languages; performing arts; sociology; and veterinary science.


Subject rankings are based on QS’s global surveys of academics and employers and on research indicators based on Elsevier’s Scopus research citations database.

The full list of world university rankings by subject and the ranking methodology can be found at

—Kimberly K. Barlow

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