The ranking aims to help prospective students identify the world’s leading schools in their chosen field. In the 2021 edition QS analyzed over 14,000 programmes of study offered by 1452 universites around the world.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 cover a total of 51 disciplines, grouped into five broad subject areas: “Arts & Humanities”, “Engineering & Technology”, “Life Sciences & Medicine”, “Natural Sciences” and “Social Sciences & Management”.

In the area of “Arts & Humanities” Polish universities were qualified in the following disciplines: Archaeology, Art & Design, English Language & Literature, History, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Performing Arts and Philosophy. On lists in this disciplines one can find: six times University of Warsaw (highest place: group 101-150), four times Jagiellonian University (101-150), three times Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (101-150) and one time Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (101-150), Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (51-100) and University of Lodz (251-300).

In turn, the area of “Engineering and Technology” is dominated by technological universities. Polish universities qualified in the fields of: Computer Science and Information Systems, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Structural Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering and Petroleum Engineering. The Warsaw University of Technology appears most often in the rankings – six times, from which the highest in 151-200 group. The remaining universities include: four times AGH University of Science and Technology (101-150), three times Wrocław University of Science and Technology (301-350), two times Poznan University of Technology (351-400) and one time for Gdańsk University of Technology (401-450), Jagiellonian University (551-600) and University of Warsaw (251-300).

In the next area – “Life Sciences & Medicine” – there are four disciplines in which Polish universities are to be find: Agriculture & Forestry, Biological Sciences, Medicine and Psychology. Among them is the university that achieved the highest place among all Polish ones classified in the ranking: SGGW Warsaw University of Life Sciences was placed at the 70th position in the Agriculture & Forestry discipline. It is the only Polish university that was in the top 100 in any discipline. Other Polish universities in this area include Jagiellonian University (301-350) and University of Warsaw (201-250) two times each, and once Poznań University of Life Sciences (251-300), Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (501-550), University of Wroclaw (601-620) and Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (601-650). In addition, in the discipline of Biological Sciences in the group of places 501-550, we can also find the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The area of “Natural Sciences” includes the category where Polish universities are most numerous, which is Chemistry. Beyond that, Polish universities can be found in fields of Enviromental Studies, Geography, Materials Sciences and Mathematics. Most often qualified institution in those lists was Jagiellonian University (four times), with the highest place in group 151-200. On further places there are: three times University of Warsaw (151-200), Warsaw University of Technology (251-300) and Wrocław University of Science and Technology (301-350), and two times University of Wroclaw (451-500), Poznan University of Technology (351-400) and Polish Academy of Sciences (351-400). The ranking in this area also includes Gdańsk University of Technology (451-500), Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (501-550) and AGH University of Science and Technology (301-350).

The last area of the ranking is “Social Sciences & Management”, where Polish universities are classified in the following disciplines: Accounting & Finance, Business & Management Studies, Communication & Media Studies, Economics & Econometrics, Law & Legal Studies, Politics and Sociology. The leader in this area was the University of Warsaw, which appeared six times in the rankings with the highest position being 151-200. In addition, we can find also: three times Jagiellonian University (201-250) and SGH Warsaw School of Economics (251-300). Surprisingly, there is also a technical university – Warsaw University of Technology (401-450). This area also includes the only Polish private university in the entire QS ranking, which is the Kozminski University (451-500).

We are proud to see so many of our clients among the best-rated universities in the world. We would like to congratulate with all our heart the Jagiellonian University, which was ranked in as many as 15 different disciplines. We extend our warmest congratulations also to the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, the only Polish art academy in the ranking, and the Kozminski University in Warsaw, the only private university in Poland in the ranking.

QS rankings are considered to be one the most prestigious university rankings in the world. In addition to the global university ranking, lists for selected disciplines are also published. The methodology of the subject ranking includes four main criteria: the reputation of a university in a given discipline among the academic staff (survey of over 100,000 academics), reputation of employers (nearly 50,000 respondents), citations (based on the Scopus database) and the Hirsch index.

The detailed results of the  QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 can be find on the website: