SOAS University of London

Development Studies 13th in world and in UK's top ten in latest QS rankings

1 May 2015

The Department of Development Studies has been ranked 13th in the world and 7th in the UK, in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. The Department's ranking places it among the world’s global elite. It is also listed as 2nd in London.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject highlights the world’s top universities in a range of popular subject areas, covering 36 subjects as of 2015. Published annually since 2011, the rankings are based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

This latest rankings follows news of the Department having been recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework with more than 60% of research judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The REF 2014 is carried out every six-seven years by the UK Government to assess the quality of research carried out in UK Higher Education Institutions.

Head of the Department Dr Laura Hammond said: “We are particularly pleased that our international standing has been recognised. SOAS is well known worldwide as a centre of excellence for Development Studies. Indeed, our global network of outstanding alumni working in development and humanitarian fields as well as in academia are a testament to our high quality programme of study. Our academic staff have unrivalled, practical knowledge of the many branches of enquiry that make up Development Studies - from political economy and globalisation to migration and displacement, and agrarian change. We are delighted to see our Department receive this recognition.”