The different rankings use different methods for measuring quality. Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE), QS Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) are considered the most influential university rankings in the world.

Stockholm University's position in these rankings 2015/2016:

• ARWU (Shanghai): 81

• THE: 144

• QS World University Rankings: 196

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

The Academic Ranking of World Universities – sometimes called the Shanghai Ranking – is conducted by researchers at the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (CWCU). The indicators they use to rank the universities are:

  • The number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals.
  • The number of highly cited researchers (selected by Thomson Reuters).
  • The number of articles published in journals Nature and Science.
  • The number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and the per capita performance of a university.

Here you can read more about how ARWU's measurement is done.

Here you can read more about Stockholm University's placement in ARWU.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE)

This ranking is published by the TSL Education Ltd, a company specialising in the education sector, in conjunction with rankings data provider Thomson Reuters. The method involves sending out questionnaires to selected people and reviewing statistics on the basis of 13 indicators in these five areas:

  • Teaching (the learning environment)
  • Research (volume, income and reputation)
  • Citations (research influence)
  • International outlook (staff, students and research)
  • Industry income (knowledge transfer).

Here you can read more about how THE's measurement is done.

Here you can read more about Stockholm University's placement in THE.

QS World University Rankings

This ranking is published by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), a company specialising in information for the higher education sector.

Stockholm University is in the top 200 in the world and ranked fifth in Sweden. The ranking is based on the following criteria:

  • Academic Reputation from Global Survey 40%
  • Faculty Student Ratio 20%
  • Citations per Faculty from Scopus 20%
  • Employer Reputation from Global Survey 10%
  • Proportion of International Students 5%

Twelve subjects ranked within the top one hundred

Geography (39)

Environmental Science (40)

Social Policy & Administration (46)

Sociology (49)

Linguistics, Anthropology, Archaeology, Communication & Media Studies, Earth & Marine Sciences, Economics, Chemistry, Philosophy and Geology & Oceanograhy are all ranked within the top one hundred (51 - 100).

Ten top subjects in Sweden

Ten subjects were also ranked first within Sweden. Stockholm University has Sweden's top research and education within Anthropology, Communication & Media Studies, Geology & Oceanography, Education, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Chemistry, Philosophy, Social Policy & Administration and Sociology.

Here you can read more about how QS's measurement is done.

Here you can read more about Stockholm University's placement in QS.

Leiden Ranking

The Leiden Ranking is carried out by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University; it is actually not one ranking but several. Different indicators are used which produces a range of different rankings.

The ranking is based on publication- and citation data from the Web of Science database, but it does not take into account the size of the institution. The universities that have at least 1 000 publications in a variety of journals indexed by Web of Science during the past four years are included. The ranking does not include conference or book publications, a limitation affecting some of Stockholm University’s areas of strength such as computer science, social sciences and the humanities.

Stockholm University is ranked 260 in the world according to indicator P (top 10%). Within Sweden, Stockholm University is in fifth place. Other universities in Sweden that top this ranking in Sweden are Gothenburg University (186), Uppsala University (117), Lund University (85) and Karolinska Institutet (79), also based on indicator P (top 10%).

Here you can read more about how Leiden's measurement is done.

Here you can read more about Stockholm University's placement in Leiden.

Europe

Below is Stockholm University in a comparison with other European universities:

• THE: ranked the 65th best university in Europe (2016)

• QS: ranked 87th best university in Europe (2016)

• Shanghai: ranked the 26th best university in Europe (2016)

• Leiden ranking: ranked 97th best university in Europe, according to P (top 10%) indicator (2016)