QS World University Rankings – MBS performance summary


As you may have seen in the media today, the QS World University Rankings have been published.  This ranking has been in existence since 2004 and since 2011 the study has been extended to encompass a range of individual subjects with 36 disciplines ranked this year.  I am pleased to say we have done well here.

The Business and Management ranking is new.  In this ranking, listed as the University of Manchester, we ranked 30th in the world and 6th in the UK.   Within the Accounting and Finance ranking, we are ranked 18th in the world and 5th in the UK.

We score particularly well with regard to what QS refer to as the ‘h-index’, more commonly known as the Hirsch index, which was added to the QS World University Ranking by Subject in 2013.  Across Business and Management we came joint 5th in the world by this measure and 1st in the UK.  University of Pennsylvania achieved first position with (97.5), University of Michigan second (96.8), joint fourth are Harvard and Erasmus (96.1) and we are then fifth with (95.4).    In the Accounting and Finance ranking we came 5th in the world by this measure and first in the UK (92.6)  behind University of Chicago (100) who came first, University of Pennsylvania (99.3) and New York University (99.3)who achieved joint second position and Harvard (96.1) who came fourth.

QS describes the measure as a “…way of measuring both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar.  The index is based on the set of the scholars most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications.  The index can also be applied to the productivity and impact of a group of scientist, such as department or university of country, as well as a scholarly journal.”


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