Physical Sciences ranked 1st in Germany

THE World University Rankings by Subject 2022

31 October 2021
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TUM is known worldwide for combining computer science, engineering and natural sciences.

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) again ranks among the 50 best universities in the world in computer science, engineering, natural and life sciences. This is the result of the "THE World University Rankings by Subject". Mathematics is in the lead with the Physical Sciences throughout Germany, and thus in third place in the European Union.

TUM among the top 50 in four subject areas

Overall, TUM climbs to 23rd place in the Physical Sciences, placing it among the top 10 universities in Europe. In addition to mathematics, the Physical Sciences include chemistry, physics, and earth and environmental sciences. The highest position achieved by TUM is in computer science, where it is ranked 14th as in the previous year. Computer Science thus rises to 4th position in Europe.

In almost every other subject area, it moved up several positions. In Engineering, it now rankes 22nd worldwide. Life Sciences, comprising such disciplines as Biology, Agricultural and Sports Sciences, rank 43rd.

Business and Economics moved up significantly to the 55th position, Clinical and Health reached 59th overall. In its first inclusion in the Education rankings, TUM immediately placed 66th. This means that educational science at TUM, which was only established twelve years ago, takes the top position in Germany.

Evaluation criteria of the "THE Ranking"

For the rankings compiled by the British publication Times Higher Education, scientists around the world are surveyed on the reputation of universities in research and teaching. In addition, the rankings incorporate data such as the number of publications per researcher, citations per publication, the teacher-student ratio, third-party funding raised from the private sector and the degree of internationalization. These indicators are weighted according to the prevailing culture in the various subject areas.

In the recently published main edition of "THE World University Rankings," based on overall assessments of universities, TUM rose to the 38th position worldwide and number 10 in Europe. You can find more ranking results of the Technical University of Munich on "TUM in Rankings".