Faculty of Law ranked 16th in the world

McGill places in the global top 100 in all eleven subject areas ranked by Times Higher Education
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McGill’s Faculty of Law has been recognized as one of the top law schools in the world according to Times Higher Education (THE). In THE’s World Subject Rankings 2021 released earlier today, McGill Law placed 16th worldwide, jumping up from 20th last year. It marks the fourth straight year in the global top 20 for McGill Law.

World Subject Rankings 2021 cover 11 subject areas (Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Clinical and Health, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Law, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Psychology, and Social Sciences), showcasing the best places in the world to study a chosen discipline. This year’s rankings saw a record 1,512 universities rank.

Pan-University success

In a truly pan-University result, McGill placed in the top 100 worldwide in all 11 subjects.

Ranked 24th this year, Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health kept its streak alive of top 30 finishes in all five years THE has been issuing its rankings by subject.

McGill had three subjects placing in the top 40 worldwide, with Arts & Humanities jumping to 36th from 45th last year, and Life Sciences moving to 39th from 43rd.  A study of consistency, Psychology was ranked 35th, marking the fourth consecutive year it has been rated in the top 40.

The biggest improvement among McGill subjects was in Business and Economics, which jumped 14 spots from 96th last year to 82nd this year.

One of the more compelling stories is the rise of McGill’s Computer Science. Completely unranked when THE began the rankings by subject five years ago, Computer Science has been steadily climbing up the table the past four years, finishing 95th, 79th and 66th leading up to its 56th-place ranking this year.

Canadian higher education on the rise

The World Subject Rankings highlight the growing strength of Canadian universities, as they show impressive representation in the top 100 for multiple subject areas. The rankings show that Canada is one of the top locations to study Clinical and Health, Law, and Business and Economics.

“For many years now, Canadian higher education has become increasingly powerful on a global level, vying with the very best at the top end of rankings tables,” said Ellie Bothwell, Global Rankings Editor.

“The THE Subject Rankings 2021 are testament to the first class education that studying in Canada provides, with improvements from universities across a diverse range of subject areas suggesting that you’ll be hard beaten to find a better quality education both now and in the future.”

Here is the complete list of McGill subjects as ranked by THE (click on the link to see the full list for each subject):

The scores for all subjects were calculated using the same 13 performance indicators as THE’s World University Rankings, which fall under five categories: teaching, research, citations, international outlook, and industry income.

THE’s rankings by subject follow its World University Rankings issued on September 2, in which McGill cracked the top 40 universities in the world.

Successful rankings season

It has been an encouraging rankings season for McGill.

On October 8, Maclean’s Magazine rated McGill as  top medical-doctoral university in Canada for the 16th consecutive year.

In August, the University jumped 12 spots in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. In June, the University moved up the lists in both the QS World University Rankings and the Center for World University Rankings. On October 1, QS rated the Desautels Faculty of Management among the world’s top business schools.

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Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
29 days ago

So proud of my alma mater!!