World leader in QS subject rankings

La Trobe University has been confirmed as world-leading in the latest 2018 QS World University subject rankings.

1,130 global higher education institutions are considered across all subject areas in these rankings.

The University has ranked in 20 of the survey’s 48 subject areas. While there has been some movement within the rankings, La Trobe has recorded an overall improvement.

Nursing and Archaeology are the highest ranked subjects for La Trobe, making the QS top 100. Archaeology is ranked second in Victoria, fourth nationally and 56th globally. Nursing is ranked fourth in Victoria, 11th nationally and 57th globally.

The University has nine subjects in the 101 to 200 band. Most notably Agriculture and Forestry ranks second in Victoria, with Philosophy, History and Sociology all ranking third in Victoria.

Other subjects in the 101 to 200 band are: Psychology, Accounting and Finance, Communication and Media Studies, Education and Law.

There are six subjects in the 201 to 300 band. Most notably Biological Sciences and English Language and Literature rank third in Victoria (Biological Sciences ninth nationally).

Other subjects in the 201 to 300 band are: Languages, Linguistics, Business, and Economics.

Two subjects - Computer Science and Mathematics – are in the top 350. Chemistry is ranked in the top 450.

Published annually, the QS subject rankings measure research impact, employer and academic reputation.

La Trobe Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said he was especially pleased at the high regard with which employers across the globe rated La Trobe.

“Our employer reputation ranking has risen across most subject areas, reflecting the University’s success in preparing our students for the workforce and our close working connections to industry,” Professor Dewar said.

“This is particularly satisfying coming hot off the heels of us being rated second among Victorian universities in the recently released Employer Satisfaction Survey (ESS).

“Our graduates leave La Trobe career ready and get jobs with employers across the globe. It is fantastic to see our students are being recognised for their efforts.”

La Trobe University is ranked in the world’s top 400 universities by all three major independent ranking agencies: the Times Higher Education World University rankings, the QS World University rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

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