The 'top universities' for studying Accounting & Finance revealed

University Graduates
By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

24 March 2016

Harvard University has taken the top spot again in the latest annual rankings for universities offering Accounting & Finance qualifications.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 were launched this week and assess learning institutions across the world on the quality of courses offered for 42 different subjects.

Now in its fifth year of publication, the report considers the research impact and international reputation of academic bodies to devise the forerunners in their fields.

The researchers at Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) took the opinions of 76,798 academics and 44,426 employers into account, collating their input alongside data from 28.5 million research papers to compile a fully comprehensive list.

This year, 36% of top 50 positions have been allotted to US universities while 15% have been attributed to the UK.

Students of Accounting & Finance degrees are apparently best placed in the US at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) or Stanford University. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) was a close fourth in the rankings with Oxford and Cambridge not too far behind.


QS World University Rankings by Accounting & Finance

1 Harvard University, USA
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
3 Stanford University, USA
4 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK
5 University of Oxford, UK
6 University of Chicago, USA
7 University of Cambridge, UK
8 University of Pennsylvania, USA
9 London Business School, UK
10 University of California, Berkeley (UCB), USA

The results in this category are largely unchanged from last year and the same names appear in roughly the same positions throughout the top 50, though other disciplines have seen a few surprises.

Hong Kong University, for example, is first for Dentistry.

UK institutions came out ahead in eight of the subjects covered, including Education, Mathematics and Modern Languages.

Ben Sowter, head of the QS Intelligence Unit, said: “Although the US and UK remain dominant, our most inclusive rankings yet show that excellence can be found in an ever-increasing number of places.

“Nations like Austria, South Africa, Finland, Brazil, China, and Sweden can be found in the top 10 of our tables.”

Six new categories were also included this year, namely Anthropology, Archaeology, Mining Engineering, Nursing, Performing Arts and Social Policy.

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