Rankings and awards – University of Copenhagen

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Rankings and awards

Ranking lists

A number of annual international ranking lists seek to compare universities with each other.

The method behind the rankings varies. Some rankings adjust the method every year, which may cause results to fluctuate considerably from year to year. The following factors are often included in the rankings:

  • Researchers’ assessments of the best university in their field.
  • Number of scientific articles published by university researchers.
  • Number of Nobel Laureates and other prizes awarded to the university's researchers.

The University of Copenhagen on the most recognised ranking lists

The University of Copenhagen’s ranking Global Europe
QS World University Rankings  (2017) 73 22
THE World University Rankings (2017) 109 43
Academic Ranking of World Universities - Shanghai  (2017) 30 6
Leiden Ranking*  (2017) 39 7
Leiden Ranking**  (2017) 139 59
Europe’s Most Innovative Universities - Reuters (2017) - 13


* Number of publications in the top 10% of the most cited publications.
** Proportion of publications in the top 10% of the most cited publications.

The University’s ranking on ARWU and Leiden*

 * Calculated according to data and method used by CWTS Leiden in 2017.

Awards and recognitions

Nobel prizes

Nine Nobel laureates within medicine, physics and chemistry have been associated with the University of Copenhagen.
Read more about the Nobel laureates

ERC Grants

Since 2007, the European Research Council (ERC) has awarded grants for high quality research in Europe.
See the ongoing ERC funded projects at the University of Copenhagen