Journalism ranked amongst “world’s elite”

8 March 2017

QS Top 50 - Communications and Media Studies

Journalism at Cardiff University is officially ranked amongst the world’s best according to the latest world rankings published today (Wednesday 8th March, 2017).

Now in their seventh year, the QS World University Rankings by Subject is the definitive guide to the quality of subjects at universities worldwide.

The rankings are compiled by evaluating 4,438 universities across the world and examining some 1,117 institutions in total.

In total, over 127m citation attributions and 18,900 programs are analysed.

According to this year’s rankings journalism is Cardiff University’s highest ranked subject (at 34th) and has broken in to the world’s top 50 elite institutions in the Communication and Media Studies subject category for the very first time.

“One of the world’s leading Schools”

Professor Stuart Allan, Head of Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, said: “We are delighted to see the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject confirm our status as one of the world’s leading Schools in our subject area.

“The importance of quality journalism for public life is proving to be newsworthy in its own right, what with the fall-out from the Leveson Inquiry, the media politics of Brexit, and the emergence of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ with the election of President Trump in the US...”

Stuart Allan

“Our commitment to the ethical integrity of journalism, not least by finding new, innovative ways to improve its standards through research, teaching and public engagement, is a responsibility we take very seriously.”

Professor Stuart Allan, Head of School

The success comes on the back of a major announcement which will see Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies move to a state-of-the-art building in Cardiff’s Central Square Development, situated alongside national broadcaster BBC Wales.

CGI - BBC and JOMEC building
Architect visual for No 2 Central Square

The move will help create an industry-academic interface, putting the School at the heart of a vibrant media environment in Wales’s capital city and help build stronger industry links, boosting students’ employability by providing direct access to major media organisations within journalism as well as the creative and cultural industries.

Other University subjects to feature highly in this year’s QS World University Rankings 2017 include Architecture and the Built Environment (39th) and Psychology (43rd).

In total, Cardiff University subjects feature in 30 of the 46 subjects and in all five facilities featured in the rankings.

Ten subjects are ranked in the top 100 compared to eight in 2016 and 23 subjects are ranked in the top 200 compared to 22 last year.

The University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Elizabeth Treasure said: “As a University we aim high and aspire to rank consistently amongst the top 100 universities in the world...”

Elizabeth Treasure

“The latest QS World University Rankings proves, yet again, that in key subjects like journalism, psychology and Architecture we consistently achieve our top 100 objective.”

Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor and Honorary Consultant, Dental Public Health

“However, our long term challenge remains to improve standards across the board and achieve an overall top 100 world ranking.”

The QS World University Rankings by Subject are published annually.

The 2017 results are available here.

For more information about our research, courses and staff visit our School website.