Who Rules?


Discover the world's top universities.
Explore the QSWorld University Rankings® 2018.


For the sixth year running, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) leads the way of our ranking of over 950 of the best universities in the world. In fact, the top four universities are all based in the US, with Stanford, Harvard and the California Institute of Technology all following hot on MIT’s heels.

UK universities continue to slide down the rankings, with 51 of 76 British universities falling at least one place. This includes 11 of the 16 ranked Russell Group universities, the highest-ranked of which is the University of Cambridge in fifth.

Want to find out how a university is ranked for a particular subject? Check out the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, which ranks the world’s top universities in 46 different subjects.