QS World University Rankings 2015-16: Methodology Change

QS World University Rankings methodology utilizes a citations per faculty indicator and this measure continues to make up 20% of an institution’s possible score. For the first time we have introduced a methodology, detailed here, to correct for the bias at the faculty level which favours institutions generating large volumes of citations in the life sciences in particular.

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The effect of this methodology change on large universities with a comprehensive range of subject provision has been broadly neutral. This measure was designed to counteract the dominance of life science in citation count, so some universities with a strong emphasis on biomedical sciences have lost the advantage afforded by the previous approach.

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