Rankings

Rankings in the field of Economics

The University of Barcelona consistently achieves leading positions in numerous academic rankings in the field of Economics, such as the prestigious prestigious QS World University Rankings and THE World University Rankings. Over the years, our university has been able to maintain or improve its position in these two and other global rankings.

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
  • Ranked 6th in Spain for Economics and Econometrics.
  • Ranked 71st in Europe for Economics and Econometrics.
  • Ranked among the Top 200 in the world for Economics and Econometrics.
THE World University Rankings by subject 2021
  • Ranked 8th in Spain for Economics and Econometrics.
  • Ranked among the Top 170 in Europe for Economics and Econometrics.
  • Ranked among the Top 500 in the world for Economics and Econometrics.
Tilburg University Top 100 Worldwide Economics Schools Research Ranking based on research contribution 2016-2020
  • Ranked 5th Economics School in Spain.
  • Ranked 81st Economics School in Europe.
  • Ranked 191st Economics School in the world.
ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021
  • Ranked 5th in Spain for Economics.
  • Ranked 81st in Europe for Economics.
  • Ranked among the Top 200 in the world for Economics.
RePEc/IDEAS rankings 2021
  • Ranked 6th Economics department in Spain.
  • Ranked 47th Economics department in Europe.
  • Ranked 106th Economics department in the world.
  • Ranked 1st in Spain, 7th in Europe and 16th in the world for Economic Geography.
  • Ranked 1st in Spain, 7th in Europe and 16th in the world for Transport Economics.

Rankings in the field of Social Sciences

The University of Barcelona also achieves top positions in global rankings in the broader field of Social Sciences, including the QS World University Rankings, CWTS Leiden Ranking and NTU Ranking. Generally, the University of Barcelona is ranked among the Top 3 in Spain in the main university rankings, and among the Top 65 universities in Europe.

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
  • Ranked 9th in Spain for Social Sciences and Management.
  • Ranked 65th in Europe for Social Sciences and Management.
  • Ranked 149th in the world for Socials Sciences and Management.
CWTS Leiden Ranking 2021
  • Ranked 2nd in Spain for Social Sciences and Humanities.
  • Ranked 51st in Europe for Social Sciences and Humanities.
  • Ranked 155th in the world for Social Sciences and Humanities.
NTU Ranking by Field 2021
  • Ranked 4th in Spain for Social Sciences.
  • Ranked 64th in Europe for Social Sciences.
  • Ranked 183rd in the world for Social Sciences.

Overall rankings

The University of Barcelona is ranked 1st in Spain by most of the global university rankings. The position of our university in Europe changes according to the parameters used, although it is always ranked within the range that goes from 18th to 90th. As for its position in the world, our university fluctuates between 60th and 200th depending on the method of calculation.

QS World University Rankings 2022
  • Ranked the top university in Spain, overtaking the Autonomous University of Madrid.
  • Ranked 55th university in Europe.
  • Ranked 168th university in the world.
  • Ranked 87th in the world for Academic Reputation.
  • Ranked 1st in Spain for Employability and 87th in the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021
  • Ranked 1st university in Spain.
  • Ranked 69th university in Europe.
  • Ranked among the Top 200 in the world.
THE World University Rankings 2022
  • Ranked 3rd university in Spain.
  • Ranked 89th university in Europe.
  • Ranked among the Top 200 in the world.
University Ranking by Academic Performance 2020-2021
  • Ranked 1st university in Spain.
  • Ranked 18th university in Europe.
  • Ranked 60th university in the world.
Best Global Universities 2022
  • Ranked 1st university in Spain.
  • Ranked 28th university in Europe.
  • Ranked 87th university in the world.
NTU Ranking 2021
  • Ranked 1st university in Spain.
  • Ranked 23rd university in Europe.
  • Ranked 77th university in the world.
CWUR World University Rankings 2021-2022
  • Ranked 1st university in Spain.
  • Ranked 47th university in Europe.
  • Ranked 131st university in the world.
CWTS Leiden Ranking 2021
  • Ranked 1st university in Spain.
  • Ranked 49th university in Europe.
  • Ranked among the Top 200 in the world.

Rankings of student cities

The attractiveness of the University of Barcelona is not limited to the institution, but it also includes its city. Different rankings put together by QS World University Rankings and THE World University Rankings show that cities are an important factor. In this regard, Barcelona meets all the requirements to provide a unique student experience.

QS Best Student Cities 2022
  • Ranked 1st in Spain for international students.
  • Ranked 12th in Europe for international students.
  • Ranked 34th in the world for international students.
THE Best university cities of 2018
  • 5th city in the world with more Top 200 universities.
  • 7th city in the world with more Top 500 universities.