Brain Sciences


UCL second in the world for psychology

11 June 2021

UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences (PALS) retains its place as 2nd in the world for psychology in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021.

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The Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021 highlights the world's top universities in a range of popular subject areas.

Professor Peter Fonagy, Head of PALS, said: “Faculty of Brain Sciences houses and brilliantly supports an extraordinary psychology department – almost unique in combining world class research across almost all domains of the subject with some of the globally most popular UG and PG teaching programmes in terms of number of applications and student ratings. We are delighted that the remarkable individual and collective contribution of Psychology and Language Science staff is reflected in these rankings.”

The rankings analyse 4,000 universities and look at a collection of indicators, including measures of research productivity, research quality, the extent of international collaboration, research with top quality, and the highest academic recognition.

Shanghai Ranking has been publishing the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by academic subjects since 2009 and is considered one of the leading international league tables.

UCL was ranked 7th in the world overall last year according to the ARWU.