Canada’s Best University Subjects

When it comes to Canadian universities, three names tend to be bandied about pretty regularly — that’s the University of Toronto, McGill University and the University of British Columbia. And it’s for a good reason. These three schools are consistently at the top of global university rankings, and have some of the toughest admissions in the country.

Most recently, U of T was ranked 17th and 20th in the world by two global surveys.

But with back to school on the horizon and university students streaming onto campuses, it made us wonder — which subjects, exactly, are the forte of which Canadian schools?

According to the QS World University Rankings, which ranks 36 academic subjects according to criteria that includes academic reputation and paper citations (for example, how much importance a professor’s research has on the subject), Canadian institutions feature prominently in at least 17 subjects.

In fact, Canada’s higher education institutions are ranked in the top 50 for every subject, with the exception of Communications and Media Studies.

We’ve broken down the data for the subjects in which Canadian universities excel — Below are thought to be ten of the best subjects in which to study in Canadian Institutions;


Computer Science & Information Systems


Agriculture & Forestry


English Language & Literature

Biological Science



Development Studies

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