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LSE ranked second in the world for social sciences in latest university league table

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The London School of Economics and Political Science has been ranked second in the world for social sciences for the third year in a row, according to the latest global university league table.

The QS World University Rankings for 2015-16, released today, also sees LSE jumping 36 places from 71st to 35th in the overall ratings and retaining its number one position in the UK for social sciences ahead of Oxford and Cambridge.

In the latest overall rankings, employers rate LSE as the 5th best university worldwide. It is ranked 8th for the size of its international student body.

When it comes to specific subjects, QS ranks LSE as the best place in the UK to study economics and media and communications.

The 2015 rankings place LSE in the top eight of nine subject areas in social science and second in the world for geography behind Oxford.

LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun said he was delighted with LSE’s latest QS ranking.

“This is an outstanding result for the School, its staff and our students. It reflects both LSE's longstanding global leadership in social science and its continued creativity.

“I'm pleased to see employers recognising the value of an LSE education. And we will keep working to channel our intellectual distinction into an ever-more dynamic and satisfying student experience."

Ben Sowter, QS Head of Research says: “That the London School of Economics is a world-class institution is not news. Indeed they have been a firm fixture in the QS Top 100 for over a decade, but in any ranking system that places emphasis on Medicine and Sciences, their strength in their areas of specialty are never likely to shine as brightly as they ought to. The QS methodology now evens the playing field and LSE climbs 36 places to be counted, rightfully, amongst the world’s top 40.”

The QS World University Rankings have been published since 2004. Five faculty areas are ranked: arts and humanities, engineering and technology, life sciences and medicine, natural sciences, and social sciences and management.

The full 2015-16 rankings are available at: www.topuniversities.com/rankings2015

15 September 2015