University of Bayreuth, Press release No. 049/2022 - 7 April 2022

New QS Ranking: University of Bayreuth in the world top 20 percent in environmental and earth sciences

In the QS World University Ranking 2022, the University of Bayreuth is among the world’s top 20 percent in environmental sciences and earth sciences. A total of 1,543 universities from 88 countries are listed in this year's QS ranking. The worldwide ranking is published annually by the British education provider QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

This year, four criteria are again included in the subject-related QS World University Ranking: reputation in the scientific community, reputation among employers, citation frequency of publications resulting from research work, and the H-index, which reflects the profile of individual scientists. In the "Environmental Sciences", the University of Bayreuth has risen significantly compared to 2021: it is now listed in the ranking group 251 to 300. In the "Earth & Marine Sciences", it is now ranked 201 to 250 for the first time this year. Interdisciplinary research centres combine their competences in both fields: the Bayreuth Centre of Ecology & Environmental Research (BayCEER) and the Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry & Geophysics (BGI). In chemistry and materials science, the University of Bayreuth is among the world's best third of all universities participating in the QS ranking.

Das Bayerische Geoinstitut (BGI), ein Forschungszentrum der Universität Bayreuth. Foto: UBT.

The QS World University Ranking 2022 confirms the University of Bayreuth's impressive performance in the research-related "Nature Index" of the "Leading 150 Young Universities", which was last published in 2019. Here, it achieved 10th place worldwide in the environmental and earth sciences. The close linking of research and teaching on the campus of the University of Bayreuth plays a significant role in the fact that its environmental and geoscientific study programmes achieve excellent ratings in rankings - most recently in the 2021 CHE Ranking. 

Novel interdisciplinary study programmes link natural science, ecological, and social topics, and are in some cases unique in Germany: Geography: Society & Environment (BSc. ), Geographies of International Development - Focus on Africa (B.A.), Geoecology - Environmental Sciences (B.Sc. and M.Sc.), Environmental and Resource Technology (B.Sc. and M.Sc.), Global Change Ecology (M.Sc.), Biodiversity & Ecology (M.Sc.), Environmental Chemistry (M.Sc.), Environmental Geography (M.Sc., and Molecular Ecology (M.Sc.). The bachelor's programme Sustainable Chemistry & Energy and the master's programme Environment, Climate Change & Health will start in Bayreuth in the 2022/23 winter semester. An supplementary degree programme in Sustainability is open to all students at the University of Bayreuth.

This website provides an overview of "green studies" at the University of Bayreuth:

Florian Gillitzer / Jörg Scheler
Strategic Projects & University Reporting (SPuR)
University of Bayreuth
Phone: 0921 / 55-5209 and 55-5206

Christian Wißler, Wissenschaftskommunikation

Christian Wißler

Deputy Press & PR Manager, Research Communication
University of Bayreuth

Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-5356