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Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne’s world-leading status confirmed in QS Rankings by Subject 2024

Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University continues to stand out, both at global and national levels, in the 14th edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, published on 10th April. This year, the university is ranked in two broad subject areas and 20 subjects, proving once again its academic reputation and scientific influence across the world.

World top 50 in nine subjects

In its two key broad areas, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne remains in the world's top 20 in arts and humanities and gains ground in social sciences and management, where it is ranked joint 54th (up 5 spots). While the university is ranked in the world's top 50 in a total of nine subjects, it stands out again this year in archaeology (14th), classics and ancient history (15th), history (16th) and law (joint 17th). For the first time, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne is included in the ranking of the world's top higher education institutions in art history, coming in 21st-40th. Among the 20 subjects in which it is ranked, the university retains its spot in eight of them and moves up in nine others, such as in anthropology, in accounting and finance, in mathematics and in economics, where it scores its most significant rise (+18 spots).

At domestic level, it is the first time that Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University holds the top spot in that many subject areas. It is the leading French institution in nine disciplines: archaeology, architecture, law, development studies, geography, classics and ancient history, history, art history and philosophy. As for the two broad areas where it is ranked, the university comes 2nd in arts and humanities and 3rd in social sciences and management.

Methodology based on five criteria

To establish this ranking, QS reviewed data from almost 5,000 higher education institutions around the world before ranking 1,559 of them, covering 149 countries. The analysis includes 55 disciplines grouped into five broad areas (arts and humanities, engineering and technology, life sciences and medicine, natural sciences, social sciences and management).

The results of the rankings are based on five indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per paper, the H-index (which measures both the productivity and impact of an academic or department) and the international research network.

Global rank by subject

Arts & Humanities: #19 (-2)

  • Archaeology: #14 (+2)
  • Classics and Ancient History: #15 (=)
  • History: #16 (+4)
  • Art History: #21-40 (not ranked in 2023)
  • Philosophy: #25 (=)
  • Modern Languages: #57 (-6)
  • Architecture and Built Environment: #151-200 (=)
  • Art and Design: #201-240 (#151-200 in 2023)

Social Sciences & Management: joint #54 (+5)

  • Law and Legal Studies: joint #17 (+1)
  • Anthropology: joint #45 (+3)
  • Development Studies: joint #49 (-10)
  • Economics and Econometrics: #55 (+18)
  • Accounting and Finance: #79 (+12)
  • Social Policy and Administration: #51-100 (=)
  • Politics: #51-100 (=)
  • Business and Management Studies: joint #145 (#151-200 in 2023)
  • Communication and Media Studies: #151-200 (=)

Natural Sciences

  • Geography: #33 (=)
  • Mathematics: #351-400 (#401-450 in 2023)

Engineering and Technology

  • Computer Science and Information Systems: #301-350 (=)