QS Europe Rankings Methodology

QS World University Rankings: Europe Methodology

Discover the top universities in Europe with the QS World University Rankings: Europe.

The QS World University Rankings: Europe 2024 is our first-ever ranking focused exclusively on European universities.

688 universities are included in the overall Europe ranking, with the University of Oxford in first place, closely followed by ETH Zurich. Seven of the top 10 universities in Europe are based in the UK.

By H. Young

Updated September 19, 2023 Updated September 19

We are pleased to announce that starting from calendar year 2023, we will be publishing the QS World University Rankings: Europe. This will allow a deeper look into European institutions, using a methodology familiar to our other regional rankings. The tentative publication date for this ranking is late June 2023. 

The regional remit for this ranking is those countries which are members of the Council of Europe

The inclusion criteria is the same for our general rankings suite. 

With our EECA ranking now discontinued, this ranking incorporates the majority of those countries that featured in EECA, as well as including countries from Northern, Southern and Western Europe that were previously only eligible for publication in our QS World University Ranking. 

Academic Reputation 30%
Employer Reputation 15%
Citations per Paper 10%
Papers per Faculty 5%
International Research Network 10%
Employment Outcomes 5%
Faculty Student Ratio 5%
International Student Diversity  5%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
Inbound Exchange Student Ratio 2.5%
Outbound Exchange Student Ratio 2.5%
Sustainability Score 5%


Paper threshold

100 or more papers must be documented in our Scopus extract over our 5 year window. See Papers for more details.

This article was originally published in September 2023 .

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