Press Release 028/2024

QS World University Ranking: Excellent Results for KIT

In Two Subject Areas, KIT Is among the Top 50 Universities Worldwide and the Top 3 in Germany
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In the 2024 edition of the QS World University Rankings, KIT reached excellent places in natural and engineering sciences. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)

In the 2024 edition of the QS University Rankings by Subject, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is in 46th place worldwide in natural sciences and in 48th place in engineering sciences. In Germany, KIT is ranked 3rd in both subject areas. The QS World University Rankings by Subject rank universities by subject in 5 areas. Overall, KIT is among the best 100 universities worldwide in 15 subjects. Of all German universities, KIT is ranked highest in environmental sciences, chemical engineering, and petroleum engineering. 

In the natural sciences subject area, KIT is in the top 50 worldwide in three subjects: In materials sciences it is in 29th place (Germany: Position 3), in chemistry in 47th place (Germany: Position 2), and in physics in 42nd place (Germany: Position 4), In the subjects of geophysics (Ranking group 51 – 100), geology (Ranking group 51 – 100),  environmental sciences (Place 65), and earth and marine sciences (Ranking group 51 – 100), KIT is among the best 100 universities worldwide. Of all German universities, KIT is ranked in 1st place in environmental sciences and in 2nd place in geology and earth and marine sciences. 

In the subject area of engineering and technology, KIT reaches best results in chemical engineering (worldwide: Place 21, Germany: Place 1), mechanical engineering (worldwide: Place 37, Germany, Place 3), and petroleum engineering. KIT for the first time appears in the ranking for this subject and is in 29th place (Germany: Place 1). 

Major Improvements Compared to 2023

Overall, KIT has improved in seven subjects. In four subjects, it is ranked for the first time. In 15 of 19 subjects, KIT is ranked in the top 100. Of all German universities, KIT is in first place in three subjects and reaches several second and third places. 

The QS World University Rankings by Subject are published annually by QS Quacquarelli Symonds. Based on a variety of indicators, universities are ranked in terms of research reputation, number and quality of publications, international networks, and employer reputation. 

Further Information:

For the complete QS World University Rankings by Subject, click 


Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 10,000 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,800 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

jho, 12.04.2024

Margarete Lehné
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