Kent subjects ranked among best in the world

Gary Hughes

Strong international reputation and research citations contribute to Kent's success in the 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Published on 29 April, the QS rankings place Kent among the world’s elite institutions in eight of the 36 featured subjects.

Kent was among the top 150 in the world for Communication and Media Studies (Journalism), Law and Psychology.

Its subjects in the top 200 are: English Language and Literature; Geography (Conservation); Philosophy; Politics and International Studies; and Sociology.

This news comes in the same week that it was announced that Kent has four entries in the Complete University Guide’s (CUG) top 10 subject tables: Architecture (7th); Social Policy (9th); Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism (9th); and American Studies (10th).

Kent also achieved a CUG top 20 position in: Drama, Dance and Cinematics (11th); Marketing (12th); Theology and Religious Studies (13th); History of Art (14th); Sports Science (14th); Iberian Languages (15th); Anthropology (15th); Psychology (15th); Linguistics (17th); Sociology (19th); Politics (19th); and Italian (20th).

The QS rankings reflect academic reputation, employer reputation and, through citations by research paper, research impact. For its latest report, QS evaluated 3,551 universities and ranked 894 institutions in total.

Kent’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor David Nightingale said: ‘Our international profile and reputation have increased considerably during recent years. As highlighted by the REF (Research Excellence Framework), all our Schools provide an environment that is conducive to research of international excellence. That a significant number of our subjects are now also considered to be amongst the best in the world is another major achievement for both the University and our research and teaching staff.’

Kent was ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity in the REF 2014 and achieved the third largest increase of the top 50 research intensive universities for research power. It also achieved one of the largest increases in research funding following its REF success.