QS World University Rankings – one of the most widely-accessed university 'league tables' in the world and a ranking system which particularly emphasises an institution’s international reputation – has placed the King’s College London Philosophy Department 10th in the world in its 2019 rankings. This represents a jump of six places from 2018’s ranking of 16th globally.
Firmly establishing the King’s Philosophy Department amongst a quintet of British institutions which are beginning to dominate the subject’s ‘global top ten’ (along with Oxford, Cambridge, LSE and St Andrews), this latest ranking continues the Department’s precipitous rise over the last four years:
King’s College London Philosophy Department QS global ranking (year-on-year)
- 2019: 10th
- 2018: 16th
- 2017: 23rd
- 2016: 27th
Bill Brewer, the Susan Stebbing Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Philosophy Department at King’s, was “delighted” by the news: “All rankings have to be handled with care, but this result highlights and confirms the excellent standing and achievements of a wonderful department,” he said.
Overall, the Faculty of Arts & Humanities consolidated its position as one of the leading faculties of its kind worldwide, being placed 6th in the UK, 8th in Europe and 26th in the world.
Professor Marion Thain, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities noted that “it is very pleasing to see so many of our fantastic departments excelling in these international rankings.”
“As a faculty, we pride ourselves on our international reputation and the global impact of our research, and we will be working hard in the coming months and years to improve our standing still further,” she said.
Other A&H success stories include English, rising ten places to 15th in the world, and History, rising two places to 18th.
All rankings have to be handled with care, but this result highlights and confirms the excellent standing and achievements of a wonderful department.– Professor Bill Brewer, Head of the Philosophy Department