QS World University Rankings

The QS ranking gives a high weighting to the area of Research and Discovery, which accounts for 50% of the overall assessment. In this area, the institution's reputation among academics around the world (through a separate QS survey) is monitored, as well as the proportion of citations per academic and R&D staff member at the institution. In particular, the reputation survey can counterbalance cultural differences and, thanks to peer review, provide humanities-oriented universities with substantial competitive potential.

In the global QS World University Rankings of 2023, Masaryk University is ranked in its best-ever 400th position out of 1,499 institutions. Among Czech universities, Masaryk University is ranked 2nd behind Charles University. This year's major achievement is also an improvement up to the 305th position according to the survey measuring reputation among employers and a very strong ranking in two brand new indicators, which are Sustainability (207th position) and International Research Network (276th position).

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QS WUR indicators and their weightings

Indicator and Description


Academic Reputation
Taken from the annual QS Academic Reputation Survey, designed to evaluate the perceptions of global academics on which institutions are demonstrating academic excellence. The score is based on responses to a survey of academics from the past 5 years.


Citations per Faculty
This ratio measures the average number of citations obtained per fakulty member, and is an estimate of the impact and quality of the scientific work produced by universities. This indicator is calculated using data from Scopus.


Employer Reputation
Taken from the annual QS Employer Reputation Survey, designed to evaluate the perceptions of global employers on which institutions are providing the most job-ready graduates. The score is based on responses to a survey of employers from the past 5 years.


Employment Outcomes
The ability of institutions to ensure a high level of employability for their graduates, while also nurturing future leaders who go on to make an impact in their respective fields.


Faculty/Student Ratio
Ratio of the overall number of students to the overall number of academic and R&D employees (normalised).


International Faculty
Proportion of faculty members who are international.


International Research Network
This indicator assesses the richness and diverzity of an institution's international research partnerships.


International Students
The score takes into account student internationalization (i.e. the proportion of international students among the total number of students).


The score for this component is taken from the analysis of the standalone QS Sustainability Ranking. It evaluates the social and environmental impact of universities as centres of education and research.


QS Europe Regional Rankings

Since 2023, the QS Europe Rankings adds to the spectrum of Quacquarelli Symonds regional rankings. Other regions include Asia, Latin America & Carribean, Arab Region. From the prospective of the Czech Republic, QS Europe replaced former QS EECA rankings (last assessed in 2021). The regional remit for this ranking is those countries which are members of the Council of Europe. The input data, methodology and inclusion criteria correspond to those of the main QS WUR rankings. The ranking takes into account regional specificities by varying the weight and range of its indicators. It places particular emphasis on the internationalisation aspect (25% of the assessment), and evaluates scientific research activities with different indicators comparing to the QS WUR.

In the first edition of QS Europe, Masaryk University was ranked 161st. This year's ranking includes 688 European higher education institutions from 42 Council of Europe countries. The University of Oxford, ETZ Zurich and the University of Cambridge appear at the top. Within the Czech Republic, 17 universities managed to rank, with Charles University taking the top position and Masaryk University in 2nd place. In the Eastern Europe sub-region, MU ranked 4th behind the UK, University of Warsaw and Jagiellonian University.

Masaryk University excels in the QS Europe ranking thanks to its strong position in the indicators measuring Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, International Research Network and Sustainability. It is also worth mentioning that MU scores the best among Czech universities in the indicator Papers per Faculty.

QS Subject Rankings

QS also ranks the world’s top universities in individual subject areas, covering 54 subjects in five broad subject areas: Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences and Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences and Management.

The indicators and weights in the disciplinary rankings differ from those in the main QS WUR ranking. The QS Subject Rankings are based on 6 indicators: Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per Paper, H-index and IRN (International Research Network) index. Each discipline has different weights for each of the indicators to take into account the specificities of each discipline.

In the latest results, published in 2023, Masaryk University ranked in twelve subjects:

  • 201–240 Archaeology
  • 201–250 Environmental Sciences
  • 251–300 Agriculture & Forestry
  • 251–300 Biological Sciences
  • 301–340 Sociology
  • 301–350 Law
  • 301–350 Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • 351–400 Chemistry
  • 351–400 Medicine
  • 451–500 Computer Science & Information Systems
  • 451–500 Mathematics
  • 501–550 Physics & Astronomy

QS Sustainability rankings

Since 2022, QS has introduced a new ranking on sustainability. In a set of 37 individual metrics, it tracks the course of actions universities are taking to tackle the world’s greatest Environmental, Social and Governance challenges. Various qualitative and quantitative aspects of the ranking are agregated to form a weight for each of 8 lens, those further make up two categories to the ranking: Environmental Impact category, and a Social Impact category. The comprehensive system of measure includes an evaluation of scientific performance in the Scopus database, reputation surveys, input provided by the institution itself in the QS WUR questionnaire, a status assessments at national level (via UN/UNESCO), or verification of the institution's membership among selected international initiatives and associations. In the core of the ranking are the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Out of 700 world universities in the first year of ranking, Masaryk University shares position of 281–300. Within the Czech Republic MU places as 2nd behind Charles University, among other Czech universities also Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague (ČZU) and Palacký University Olomouc (UPOL) got into the ranking.

International Rankings

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