The 2013-2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings' Physical Sciences table judges world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The ranking of the world's top 100 universities for physical sciences employs 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

Top 100 universities for physical sciences 2013-2014

Rank Institution Location Overall score
1 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) United States
92.0
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States
91.0
2 Princeton University United States
91.0
4 Harvard University United States
90.2
5 University of California, Berkeley United States
89.9
5 Stanford University United States
89.9
7 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
88.8
8 University of Oxford United Kingdom
87.3
9 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States
85.1
10 University of Chicago United States
84.9
11 Yale University United States
83.6
12 ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich Switzerland
83.2
13 Imperial College London United Kingdom
82.5
14 Columbia University United States
81.0
15 Cornell University United States
80.7
16 The University of Tokyo Japan
73.5
17 University of Toronto Canada
71.7
18 University of Washington United States
71.5
19 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany
71.3
20 University of California, Santa Barbara United States
71.1
21 University of Texas at Austin United States
71.0
22 University of Michigan United States
70.0
23 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
69.4
24 University of Melbourne Australia
68.9
25 Université Pierre et Marie Curie France
67.6
26 University of British Columbia Canada
67.0
27 Northwestern University United States
66.6
27 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
66.6
29 École Normale Supérieure France
65.8
29 Australian National University Australia
65.8
31 Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Germany
65.5
32 Peking University China
65.3
33 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign United States
65.0
34 Rice University United States
64.7
35 Brown University United States
64.6
36 Kyoto University Japan
64.3
37 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
61.6
38 Pennsylvania State University United States
61.5
38 École Polytechnique France
61.5
40 Carnegie Mellon University United States
61.4
41 National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore
61.2
42 Technische Universität München Germany
61.0
43 Universität Heidelberg Germany
60.5
44 University of Colorado Boulder United States
59.9
45 Boston University United States
59.6
45 University of California, San Diego United States
59.6
47 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) United States
59.4
48 Stockholm University Sweden
58.1
49 University of Minnesota United States
58.0
50 University of Manchester United Kingdom
57.9
51 University College London (UCL) United Kingdom
57.6
52 University of Bristol United Kingdom
57.4
52 University of California, Santa Cruz United States
57.4
54 Ohio State University United States
56.5
55 Universität Bonn Germany
56.4
56 Université Paris-Sud France
56.3
57 Lund University Sweden
55.7
58 Duke University United States
55.6
58 McGill University Canada
55.6
58 University of Geneva Switzerland
55.6
61 RWTH Aachen University Germany
55.3
62 University of Zürich Switzerland
55.1
63 University of Helsinki Finland
55.0
63 Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Russian Federation
55.0
63 Lomonosov Moscow State University Russian Federation
55.0
66 Universität Basel Switzerland
54.8
66 Durham University United Kingdom
54.8
68 Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7 France
54.3
69 University of Maryland, College Park United States
54.0
70 Tsinghua University China
53.7
71 Leiden University Netherlands
53.5
72 New York University (NYU) United States
53.0
73 Royal Holloway, University of London United Kingdom
52.8
74 Moscow State Engineering Physics Institute Russian Federation
52.5
75 Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble France
51.6
76 University of Sussex United Kingdom
51.5
76 Colorado School of Mines United States
51.5
76 University of California, Irvine United States
51.5
79 University of Groningen Netherlands
51.4
80 University of Arizona United States
51.3
81 Stony Brook University United States
50.9
82 Purdue University United States
50.7
83 Radboud University Nijmegen Netherlands
50.6
83 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
50.6
85 University of California, Riverside United States
50.5
86 The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
50.4
87 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Republic of Korea
50.1
87 University of Southampton United Kingdom
50.1
87 University of Strasbourg France
50.1
90 University of Victoria Canada
49.8
91 University of California, Davis United States
49.7
91 Carleton University Canada
49.7
91 University of Notre Dame United States
49.7
91 Texas A&M University United States
49.7
95 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey United States
49.5
95 University of Queensland Australia Australia
49.5
95 Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands
49.5
98 University of Massachusetts United States
49.1
98 University of Pennsylvania United States
49.1
100 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Germany
49.0

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings’ Physical Sciences subject ranking includes a wide range of narrower subject areas, defined by our data partners Thomson Reuters.

The full list of Physical Sciences subjects used to create this ranking is:

  • Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Crystallography
  • Earth Sciences
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
  • Nanotechnology
  • Physics
  • Polymer Science
  • Physical Sciences - Other topics