Aberystwyth University becomes one of the top 100 universities in the world to study Geography

ABERYSTWYTH University has become one of the top 100 universities in the world to study Geography according to the most recent QS World University Rankings by subject, which was published on the 22nd March.

Aberystwyth University Old College Photo - Tomos Nolan

Aberystwyth University Old College
Photo – Tomos Nolan

Geography at Aberystwyth University has climbed up to 50 places into the top 100, out of 544 institutions included in the rankings. Geography is one of the four subject areas at Aberystwyth University described by the QS World University Rankings as being amongst the “World Elite”.

The other subject areas include: Politics and International Studies, Agriculture and Forestry – which features in the top 150 worldwide, and Environmental Science – which is amongst the top 300.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject is now in its fifth edition and has evaluated 4,226 universities – ranking 945 institutions. Additionally over 113 million citations attributions have been analysed, and the provision of 15,530 programs have been verified.

Universities are rated on three key areas: Academic Reputation (where academics worldwide are asked where they believe the best work is taking place), Employer Reputation (where graduate employers are asked which institutions produce the best graduates), and Citations per Faculty & H-Index (which measures the productivity and impact of scholars’ works which is done by looking at the most cited papers and the number of citations received in other publications).

Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Grattan, praised the work of the academic staff at the University, saying:

“This is excellent news and reflects the high esteem in which academic work at Aberystwyth University is held by academics around the world.  The results of the most recent Research Excellence Framework review published in December 2014 placed Aberystwyth firmly within the top 50 in the UK for research impact, and students who study here benefit from being taught by academic staff whose work is of an internationally recognised standard.”

Professor Rhys Jones, Head of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University said:

“We’re extremely pleased with this recognition of the high quality of teaching and research being undertaken in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences.  These results show that our department compares very favourably with institutions elsewhere, making it one of the best places to study Geography in the world.”

This climb up the rankings follows the University’s recent success in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the academic year 2015 to 2016, where Aberystwyth University climbed up to 50 places into the top 40 of UK institutions included. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings also places Aberystwyth amongst the top 200 universities in Europe and one of the top 200 most international universities in the world.

You can find more information about QS World Rankings online here.