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About University of Galway
About University of Galway
Since 1845, University of Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
University of Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
- Research & Innovation
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At University of Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
QS Subject Rankings
QS Subject Ranking Methodology
In addition to the QS World University Ranking (WUR) published around June each year, QS also publishes the QS Subject Rankings in March/April the year following the World University Ranking.
The QS World University Rankings by Subject cover a total of 54 disciplines, grouped into five broad subject areas. They are compiled annually to help prospective students identify the leading universities in a particular subject. Universities do not submit any additional metrics for the purposes of the Subject Rankings, instead QS takes the Research and Survey data from the previous year’s World University Rankings and maps them to their pre-defined subjects.
There are five indicators that determine the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023:
Drawing on responses from over 130,000 academics, respondents are asked to list up to 10 domestic and 30 international institutions which they consider to be excellent for research in the given area. The results of the survey are then filtered according to the narrow area of expertise identified by respondents.
The employer reputation indicator draws from the survey responses of more than 75,000 graduate employers worldwide. Employers are asked to identify up to 10 domestic and 30 international institutions they consider excellent for the recruitment of graduates. They are also asked to identify the disciplines from which they prefer to recruit.
Research citations per paper
All citations data is sourced from Elsevier Scopus. A minimum publication threshold is set for each subject to avoid potential anomalies stemming from small numbers of highly cited papers.
Both the minimum publications threshold and the weighting applied to the citations indicator are adapted in order to best reflect prevalent publication and citation patterns in a given discipline.
The H-index is a way of measuring both the productivity and impact of an academic or department at a university. The index is based on the set of the academic’s most cited papers and the number of citations they have received in other publications.
International research network (by broad faculty area)
The IRN Index reflects the ability of institutions to diversify the geography of their international research network by establishing sustainable research partnerships with other higher education institutions
The Weighting of each of the above indicators varies depending on discipline norms - more detail on the weighting and eligibility criteria is availble here
QS Subject Ranking Results
In the most recent edition (published March 2023) University of Galway achieved a global rank in 23 subjects (up from 22 in 2022) with the subject of English moving into the Top 100 in the world with a global rank of 91 and a new global rank of 101-120 in Performing Arts in 2023.
- The subject of English was ranked in the Top 100 in the world, with a global rank of 91
- 4 subjects at University of Galway were ranked in the Top 150 in the world – Performing Arts (Top 120: new in 2023), Nursing, Hospitality & leisure Management and Law
- 1 subject, Archaeology was ranked in the Top 200 in the world
- 5 subjects at University of Galway were ranked in the Top 250 in the world – Modern Languages, Medicine, Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Environmental Sciences and Education
- A further 12 subjects at University of Galway were globally ranked between Top 300 to Top 550 in the world as detailed below.
See full details below of University of Galway's performance in the Subject Rankings since 2020:
For further details on other universities, click on the QS 2023 Subject Rankings.
More on Subject Ranking
See links below for more details on subject ranking in NUI Galway
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 Sept 2023
27th June 2023
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.
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.