The 2013-2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings' Social 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 social 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 social sciences 2013-2014

Rank Institution Location Overall score
1 Stanford University United States
93.6
2 University of Oxford United Kingdom
93.5
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States
93.5
4 Harvard University United States
91.9
5 Princeton University United States
91.1
6 University of Chicago United States
90.2
7 Yale University United States
90.0
8 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
87.5
9 University of California, Berkeley United States
86.9
10 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States
86.8
11 University of Pennsylvania United States
86.6
12 University of Michigan United States
86.1
13 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) United Kingdom
85.5
14 New York University (NYU) United States
84.2
15 Columbia University United States
82.9
16 University College London (UCL) United Kingdom
82.1
17 Northwestern University United States
81.1
18 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
80.2
19 University of Toronto Canada
74.5
20 University of British Columbia Canada
73.7
21 University of Melbourne Australia
72.8
22 Duke University United States
70.2
23 University of Texas at Austin United States
69.7
24 Cornell University United States
69.2
25 King's College London United Kingdom
68.7
26 Australian National University Australia
67.8
27 McGill University Canada
66.7
28 University of Washington United States
64.8
29 National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore
64.4
29 Ohio State University United States
64.4
31 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
64.3
32 University of Minnesota United States
62.2
33 University of Sydney Australia
62.0
34 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
61.5
35 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign United States
60.7
36 University of Queensland Australia Australia
59.7
37 Peking University China
59.5
38 University of Southern California United States
59.4
39 The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
59.3
40 University of New South Wales Australia
58.6
41 Carnegie Mellon University United States
58.2
42 University of Warwick United Kingdom
57.7
43 Indiana University United States
57.5
44 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
57.3
45 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
57.0
46 University of Manchester United Kingdom
56.6
47 Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
56.1
48 Washington University in St Louis United States
55.6
49 Michigan State University United States
55.3
50 Pennsylvania State University United States
55.0
50 HEC Paris France
55.0
52 University of California, San Diego United States
54.4
53 Durham University United Kingdom
53.9
54 Boston University United States
53.7
55 University of Virginia United States
53.3
56 Leiden University Netherlands
52.2
57 Arizona State University United States
52.1
58 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany
51.9
59 University of California, Santa Barbara United States
51.8
60 The University of Tokyo Japan
51.6
61 KU Leuven Belgium
51.3
61 Emory University United States
51.3
63 University of Rochester United States
51.2
64 Vanderbilt University United States
51.0
65 Seoul National University Republic of Korea
50.9
66 Monash University Australia
50.6
67 University of Cape Town South Africa
50.3
68 Tilburg University Netherlands
50.2
69 Utrecht University Netherlands
49.7
70 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
49.1
71 University of Maryland, College Park United States
48.8
72 University of Auckland New Zealand
48.7
72 University of Pittsburgh United States
48.7
74 Maastricht University Netherlands
48.6
74 University of California, Davis United States
48.6
76 University of Bristol United Kingdom
48.5
77 University of Nottingham United Kingdom
48.3
78 Tsinghua University China
47.8
78 Pompeu Fabra University - Barcelona Spain
47.8
80 Dartmouth College United States
47.6
80 Wageningen University and Research Center Netherlands
47.6
82 University of Florida United States
47.4
83 University of Western Australia Australia
47.3
83 Ghent University Belgium
47.3
83 University of Zürich Switzerland
47.3
86 University of Sheffield United Kingdom
46.6
87 Freie Universität Berlin Germany
46.4
88 University of Groningen Netherlands
46.3
89 University of York United Kingdom
46.1
90 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Germany
46.0
91 Cardiff University United Kingdom
45.8
91 University of Essex United Kingdom
45.8
93 Brown University United States
45.7
93 University of Sussex United Kingdom
45.7
95 George Washington University United States
45.0
95 University of Georgia United States
45.0
97 University of Montreal Canada
44.8
98 Sciences Po France
44.6
99 University of Colorado Boulder United States
44.5
100 University of California, Irvine United States
44.4

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

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

  • Area Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Biomedical Social Sciences
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Criminology & Penology
  • Demography
  • Decision Support/Statistics
  • Economics
  • Education & Educational Research
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Family Studies
  • Geography
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Mathematical Methods in Social Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Social Issues
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies
  • Women's Studies
  • Social Sciences - Other topics