QS Subject Ranking Results

In addition to the QS World University Ranking (WUR) published at the end of quarter 2 each year, QS also publishes the QS Subject Rankings  at the end of quarter 1 the year following the World University Ranking.  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 years World University Rankings and maps them to their pre defined subjects. 

The QS World University Rankings by Subject cover a total of 51 disciplines, grouped into five broad subject areas. They are compiled annually to help prospective students identify the leading universities in a particular subject.  

In the most recent edition (published April 2022) University of Galway achieved a rank in 22 subjects, up from 19 in 2021,  this includes three new ranks this year in Archaeology, Hospitality & Leisure Management and Physics & Astronomy.  University of Galway climbed considerably in all four broad Field of Study areas:  Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology, Medicine and Social Sciences.

See details below of University of Galway's performance in the 2022 Subject Rankings with those subjects which have improved highlighted in green and the new ranks in yellow.  For further details on other universities, click on the QS 2022 Subject Rankings.

QS Subject Ranks 2022

QS Subject Ranking Results Previous Years


 QS Subject 2017 Results b


QS Subject Ranking Results, 2016

The QS Subject ranking results are published in spring of each year. NUI Galway has been internationally recognised in 12 subjects out of 36 in the 2016 QS Subject Rankings.

QS Subject Results

For more details on NUI Galway's subject ranking, click on the IRO's Intranet.

QS Subject Metric Weighting

The QS subject ranking is based on four metrics:

The weighting of each of these metrics varies in each subject area. See the breakdown in the table below.

QS Subject Weight Arts 19

QS Subject Weight Engineering 19

QS Subject Weight Nat Science 19

QS Subject Weight  Life Science 2019

QS Subject Weighting Social Sciences 2019 Rev B