School of History celebrates ranking in top 100 places to study subject in the world

School of History celebrates ranking in top 100 places to study subject in the world

The University of Leeds’ School of History has secured a place in the top 100 places in the world for study and research in history, according to the globally-respected 2024 QS World University Rankings by Subject

The annual QS rankings draw on five key indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper, the H-index (a way of measuring the productivity and impact of an academic or department at a university), and international research network.

According to these criteria, the University of Leeds is in the top 100 places for study and research in history.

The School of History is an impressively inclusive and international space, where wide-ranging and impactful research in medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary history, politics and international relations is carried out. This research is also often interdisciplinary, linking with excellent work across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures, as well as the wider University. All this activity goes on to inform cutting-edge teaching, as well as public and policy engagement. This excellence is planned and delivered by great care by a friendly team of academic and administrative staff. I am delighted that this exceptionally positive work culture is recognised through this ranking exercise, which places our wonderful School in the global top 100 institutions in our field. This is an exceptional result, which testifies to the hard work and care of all my colleagues. I am very proud to be part of such an excellent collective of scholars and administrators.

Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Head of the School of History, and Professor of Medical and Global Health Histories

The QS rankings show that the University of Leeds is the 51st best institution for the arts and humanities in the world, and the 8th best in the UK.

The University has also been ranked:

Together, these rankings constitute a huge success for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures, where teaching and research in the above subjects takes place.

Professor Andrew Thorpe, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures, said:

“We are delighted to see that our Faculty has once again secured a place in the top 100 institutions globally for the arts and humanities. This ranking is testimony to the exceptional talent, hard work and creativity that defines the Faculty, to our truly global reach and role, and to the many benefits that studying and working with us can bring. I congratulate my academic colleagues and those working in professional services on this excellent achievement.”

Dr Jasjit Singh, Pro Dean International at the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures, said:

“The evidence is clear: we are an exciting, dynamic, diverse and prestigious Faculty, up there with the very best in the world for the arts and humanities, and our international reputation is growing all the time. It is brilliant to see so many of our schools recognised for their academic excellence and for the invaluable opportunities that they provide to students and researchers alike. Here’s to even more success in the years to come.”

The University of Leeds is currently ranked the 75th best university in the world, the University’s highest ever position in the QS rankings’ 20-year history. A key strength identified was the International Research Network, for which indicator the university was ranked 16th in the world.

Prospective students can learn more about studying at the School of History during open days on Friday 14 June, Saturday 15 June, Saturday 5 October and Saturday 19 October 2024.