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High grades for Canadian schools in subject rankings

Eight universities’ departments among top 50 worldwide

University of Toronto (Jessica Darmanin)

The QS World University Subject Rankings 2013 are out now. The London-based company’s report offers a rare peek at how our school’s history, engineering and law programs—30 subjects in all—are viewed internationally.

Unsurprisingly, the top three universities from the Medical Doctoral category of the Maclean’s University Rankings—the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and McGill University—are also the top Canadian schools on the list. Those three are top five in Canada in 29 of 30 subjects and top 50 worldwide in many.

The highest ranked Canadian subject is geography at the University of British Columbia, which is tenth globally. There are also several subjects in the top 15: environmental science at UBC along with medicine, philosophy, linguistics, mathematics, sociology, geography, education, English and history at University of Toronto.

The University of Alberta and Université de Montréal also place highly in most subject areas. The University of Waterloo made the top 50 in science, engineering, technology and math. Also in the top 50: the University of Guelph for agriculture (32) and McMaster University for medicine (42).

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