QS Overall Rankings

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

In June 2023, QS published their 20th edition of the  QS World University Ranking Results 2024, with the largest ever number of universities partaking - a total of 1,500 institutions across 104 locations, up from 1,400 last year.  University of Galway was ranked 289th place in 2023 (down from 270th in 2022).   

The results incorporate 17.5 million academic papers published between 2017 and 2021. They also reflect 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 2023: For their 20th edition, QS significantly evolved their methodology, reflecting the shift towards sustainability and employability and research collaborations in higher education. Three new indicators were introduced and some of the original metrics were rebalanced as detailed below: 

 New QS WUR Methodology



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 2011-2023

FINAL QS WUR Galway trend 11-23‌‌‌

QS Metrics

In 2023 for their 20th edition, QS added three new metrics to their existing six metrics and re-weighted the rankings more towards sustainability, employability and international networks.

Two of the metrics (Academic Reputation and Employer Reputation) are based on surveys conducted by QS, and the remaining seven come from a variety of bibliometric sources. 

The nine Indicators and their weighting in the 2023 QS World University Ranking (WUR) are outlined below:

  • Academic Reputation - 30%:  QS' Academic Reputation indicator relates to academic excellence and the scholarly esteem in which the world’s universities are held. Obtained through an annual global survey, it collates more than 150,000 responses from academics in more than 140 countries and locations. It seeks to answer the powerful question of which universities are performing world-class research. The answer to this question not only illuminates the quality of the research, but the strength of the university in communicating that research, and the strength of the impact the research makes across the world. 
  • Employer Reputation - 15%QS’ Employer Reputation indicator is obtained using another survey, like Academic Reputation. The most recent edition surveyed some 99,000 employers at companies and organisations that hire graduates on a significant or global scale. 
  • Citations per Faculty - 20%: This is a measure of the relative intensity and volume of research being done at an institute, taking into account institute size. 
  • Faculty Student Ratio - 10%: This measure is a proxy measure for the learning & teaching environment of the University. 
  • NEW International Research Network - 5% This is a measure of global engagement, spcifically how institutions create and sustain research partnerships with other institutions across borders to collaborate on solving global challenges.  
  • NEW Sustainability - 5%: Looks at how an insitution is demonstrating a commitment to a more sustainable existence. More than just the commitment, it looks for outwards evidence of this - from the impact that alumni are making in science and technology to solve climate issues, to the impact of research being done across the UN's 17 sustainable development goals.  It evaluates the social and environmental impact of universities as a center's of education and research, as well as a major employers with the operational sustainability challenges of any large and complex organization.
  • NEW Employment Outcomes - 5%: Reflects the ability of institutions to ensure a high level of employability for their graduates, while also nurturing future leaders who go on to make an impact in their respective fields., it combines the graduate employment rate with Alumni impact




More on University of Galway's scoring in the QS World University Ranking


See more details on University of Galway's scoring in the QS World University Ranking.


10th April 2024 

QS World University Subject Rank 2024: University of Galway  achieved a global rank in 24 subjects, up from 23 in 2023, with a Top 100 Global Rank in 3 subjects. 


5th December 2023

University of Galway is ranked 120 in the second year of the QS Sustainability Ranking, up from 161-170 in 2022. 


27th September 2023

University of Galway retains it's global rank of 301-350 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2024. 


20th September 2023

University of Galway is ranked 98th in Europe out of 690 institutions across 42 European locations in the inaugural QS World University Rankings: Europe 


27th June 2023

University of Galway is ranked 289th out of ~ 1500 institutions worldwide in the QS World university Rankings. 


1st June 2023

University of Galway continued to climb in the  5th edition of the Times Higher Education (THE) World IMPACT Rankings 2023, andhas a global rank of 34 (no. 1 in Ireland, up from 47 in 2022) out of a total  of 1,591 institutions from 112 countries across the World.

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22nd March 2023

QS World University Subject Rank 2023: University of Galway achieved a global rank in 23 Subjects, up from 22 last year - with Performing Arts at University of Galway achieiving a global rank of 101-120 for the first time. The subject of English at University of Galway also broke into the top 100 in the world, achieving a global subject rank of 91. 


12th October 2022

University of Galway has climbed in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2023,  into the 301-350 category, up from the 351-400 category last year.