The British university service provider QS Quacquarelli Symonds compiles its university quality rankings through surveys of academics and employers. It also collects data on the number of citations of published papers as indicator of the quality of research. These indicators are weighted according to the prevailing culture in the various subject areas.
In the latest edition, TUM is ranked 29th in the broad area of Engineering and Technology and 31st in Natural Sciences and is thus number one in Germany in both fields.
TUM placed among the top 50 universities worldwide in the following subjects:
- Electric & Electronic Engineering: 17 (in Germany: 1)
- Physics / Astronomy: 22 (in Germany: 1)
- Architecture / Built environment: 23 (in Germany: 2)
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering: 23 (in Germany: 2)
- Chemistry: 30 (in Germany: 1)
- Agriculture / Forestry: 32 (in Germany: 3)
- Computer Science / Information Systems: 35 (in Germany: 1)
- Statistics / Operational Research: 40 (in Germany: 1)
- Biological Sciences: 48 (in Germany: 3)
- Materials Science: 49 (in Germany: 3)
The issue of the QS World University Rankings, which shows overall ratings for universities and also takes other indicators into account, was already released in mid-2020. TUM holds the number 50 position, which makes it the best university in the European Union. It is also top-ranked German university for the sixth consecutive year.
TUM also achieves excellent results in other subject area rankings. In the most recent THE World University Rankings by Subject, it placed 14th worldwide in computer science, 24th in engineering, 25th in physical sciences (comprising most natural sciences subjects) and 46th in life sciences.