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QS has released its annual World University Rankings for 2016. This year’s rankings highlight the world’s top universities in 42 subjects, based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and research impact*. The company began publishing academic rankings in 2011. Find out the best Architecture School of 2016 and visit the full list of the Top 100 Architecture Universities at QS’s site.

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) / United States
  2. The Bartlett School of Architecture | UCL (University College London) / United Kingdom
  3. Delft University of Technology / Netherlands
  4. The University of California, Berkeley (UCB) / United States
  5. Harvard University / United States
  6. National University of Singapore (NUS) / Singapore
  7. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) / Switzerland
  8. Tsinghua University / China
  9. University of Cambridge / United Kingdom
  10. The University of Tokyo / Japan
  11. Columbia University / United States
  12. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University / Hong Kong
  13. University of Hong Kong (HKU) / Hong Kong
  14. Politecnico di Milano / Italy
  15. The University of Melbourne / Australia
  16. Tongji University / China
  17. The University of Sydney / Australia
  18. The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) / United States
  19. Seoul National University (SNU) / South Korea
  20. University of British Columbia / Canada
  21. KTH, Royal Institute of Technology / Sweden
  22. The University of New South Wales (UNSW) / Australia
  23. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya / Spain
  24. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) / Switzerland
  25. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign / United States
  26. Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) / United States
  27. Cornell University / United States
  28. Eindhoven University of Technology / Netherlands
  29. Cardiff University / United Kingdom
  30. Stanford University / United States
  31. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile / Chile
  32. Kyoto University / Japan
  33. RMIT University / Australia
  34. Universidade de São Paulo (USP) / Brazil
  35. University of Pennsylvania / United States
  36. University of Toronto / Canada
  37. The University of Queensland (UQ) / Australia
  38. Princeton University / United States
  39. University of Salford / United Kingdom
  40. University of Newcastle / Australia
  41. Monash University / Australia
  42. Shanghai Jiao Tong University / China
  43. The University of Texas at Austin / United States
  44. The University of Sheffield / United Kingdom
  45. The University of Auckland / New Zealand
  46. Technische Universität München / Germany
  47. City University of Hong Kong / Hong Kong
  48. Oxford Brookes University / United Kingdom
  49. Texas A&M University / United States
  50. University of Michigan / United States

* The QS World University Rankings by Subject ranks the world’s top universities in individual subject areas, covering 42 subjects as of 2016. The rankings aim to help prospective students identify the world’s leading schools in their chosen field, with the list of subjects extended each year in response to high demand for subject-level comparisons.

Each of the subject rankings is compiled using four sources. The first two of these are QS’s global surveys of academics and employers, which are used to assess institutions’ international reputation in each subject. The second two indicators assess research impact, based on research citations per paper and h-index in the relevant subject. These are sourced from Elsevier’s Scopus database, the world’s most comprehensive research citations database.  

These four components are combined to produce the results for each of the subject rankings, with weightings adapted for each discipline.