QS Overall Rankings

The QS World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds(QS).  

In June 2022, QS published their 19th edition of the QS World University Ranking Results 2022/23, with the largest ever number of universities partaking - a total of 1,418 institutions across 100 locations, up from 1,300 last year.  University of Galway was ranked 270th place in 2022 (down from 258th in 2021).   

The results incorporate 16.4 million academic papers published between 2016 and 2020 and the 117.8 million citations received by those papers; they also account for the expert opinions of over 150,000 academic faculty and over 99,000 employers who partake in both the academic and employer reputation survey. The QS introduced faculty area normalisation in 2015 to ensure that institutions specialising in Life Sciences and Natural Sciences were not unduly advantaged. See more about the QS Methodology used in the rankings here 

New in the 2022: QS requested additional information to demonstrate a university's impact towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations.  Though not ranked, QS introduced an award medal - Gold, Silver or Bronze to reflect a university's research on the SDG's (See the methodology here).

Two broad categories were introduced,  Societal Impact (includes research in  SDG5-Gender Equality and  SDG10 – Reduced Inequalities)   and Environmental Impact   (includes research on SDG 7 -Affordable and Clean Energy,  SDG11-Sustainable Cities and Communities,  SDG12-Responsible Consumption and Production, SDG13- Climate Action and SDG 14-Life Below Water and Life on Land). 
University of Galway achieved a Silver medal award for their research in the Societal Impact category and a Bronze medal award for their research in Environmental Impact category. 

The chart below shows University of Galway's overall ranking performance in the QS World University Ranking since 2011 .

University of Galway's Ranking result 2011-2022

QS Rank Trend Line

QS Results

In June 2022, QS published their 19th edition of the QS World University Ranking Results 2022/23. University of Galway was ranked 270th in 2022 (down from 258th in 2021).   Over the recent years, University of Galway has risen overall in the QS World University Ranking. 

See University of Galway's detailed breakdown of scores and historic data for the QS World Ranking.

New in the 2022 edition of the world ranking, QS requested additional information to demonstrate a university's impact on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations.  Though not ranked, QS introduced an award medal scheme - Gold, Silver and Bronze reflecting a university's research on the SDG's (See the methodology here). Two broad categories were introduced,  Societal Impact (includes research in  SDG5 Gender Equality and  SDG10 – Reduced Inequalities)   and Environmental Impact   (includes research on SDG 7 -Affordable and Clean Energy,  SDG11-Sustainable Cities and Communities,  SDG12-Responsible Consumption and Production, SDG13- Climate Action and SDG 14-Life Below Water and Life on Land).   University of Galway achieved a Silver medal award for their research in the Societal Impact category (SDG 5 and SDG 10) and a Bronze medal award for their research in Environmental Impact category (SDG7, SDG 11, SDG 12, SDG 13, SDG 14 and SDG 15). 

 

 

QS Metrics

 QS World University Ranking uses six metrics in total.

Two of the metrics (Academic Reputation and Employer Reputation) are based on surveys conducted by QS. These surveys are carried out on a population of over 150,000  academics and almost 99,000 employers.  See more details on how QS scores these surveys and the other core metrics used below.

Table 2: The QS Rankings Metrics

QS Weighting


Measuring a University's Impact in contributing to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Goals

New in the 2022 edition of the world ranking, QS requested additional information to demonstrate a university's impact on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations.  Although QS did not rank these metrics this year, QS did introduce an award medal scheme, Gold, Silver and Bronze which reflects each university's research on the SDG's (See the methodology here).