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Duke University ranked 17th in the United States, 22nd in the global 2023 rating, and scored in the TOP 10 across 15 research topics. Duke University ranking is based on 3 factors: research output (EduRank's index has 178,305 publications and 11,252,477 citations attributed to the university), non-academic reputation, and the impact of 714 notable alumni.

Rank Ranking
#22 of 14,131 In the World
#18 of 2,597 In North America
#17 of 2,496 In the United States
#1 of 65 In North Carolina
#1 of 2 In Durham
#3 of 1,109 For Cardiology
#3 of 1,021 For Ophthalmology
#4 of 1,007 For Medical Physics
#48 of 7,353 For Alumni Impact
#22 of 14,131 For Non-academic Prominence
Top10 For 12 other topics

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Medicine

Duke University ranked 11th for Medicine in the United States and 12th in the World with 82,320 publications made and 4,974,764 citations received. Main research topics: Surgery, Oncology and Cancer research, Health Science, Cardiology, Immunology.

Rank Ranking
#11 of 1,040 In the United States
#12 of 1,110 In North America
#12 of 4,739 In the World

Duke University
Medicine Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 758 2110
1992 321 766
1993 496 1936
1994 611 1982
1995 500 1504
1996 1122 4114
1997 1162 4555
1998 1186 4877
1999 1276 5684
2000 1300 6700
2001 1210 6390
2002 1280 7606
2003 1692 10895
2004 1827 10803
2005 1943 12810
2006 1953 11828
2007 2355 14703
2008 2694 17150
2009 2783 18066
2010 3140 19545
2011 3068 20060
2012 3647 23206
2013 3460 19033
2014 3960 20380
2015 3700 22726
2016 4338 21932
2017 4031 20692
2018 3932 18185
2019 4643 15427
2020 5223 16259
2021 6166 5748
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Cardiology 3 3 3
Ophthalmology 3 3 3
Medical Physics 4 4 4
Biomedical Engineering 5 5 5
Sonography and Ultrasound 6 6 6
Radiation Therapy 7 7 7
Radiology and Nuclear medicine 8 8 8
Critical Care Nursing 8 8 8
Surgery 8 8 8
Health Science 9 10 10
Clinical Psychology 9 9 10
Anesthesiology 9 10 10
Paramedicine and Emergency medicine 10 11 11
Oncology and Cancer research 11 11 11
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 9 10 11
Psychiatry 10 10 11
Cosmetology 10 11 12
Pharmacology 10 11 12
Pathology 13 13 13
Gerontology 12 12 14
Physical Therapy 11 13 15
Anatomy and Physiology 14 14 15
Gastroenterology and Hepatology 11 11 16
Urology 16 17 17
Family medicine 14 15 17
Healthcare Management (MHA) 12 14 18
Immunology 16 16 18
Epidemiology 12 13 18
Respiratory Therapy 14 16 19
Occupational Therapy 10 13 19
Sports / Exercise science 11 15 21
Pediatrics 17 18 23
Optometry 15 15 24
Plastic Surgery 22 23 25
Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN) 19 22 30
Dermatology 21 23 30
Virology 22 22 31
Public Health 18 20 32
Nursing 14 18 32
Sports Medicine 17 26 36
Neurosurgery 15 17 40
Orthodontics 20 22 41
Audiology 24 29 43
Toxicology 28 30 45
Pharmacy 23 27 68
Social Work 58 62 102
Forensic Science 38 43 119
Dentistry 63 71 271
Veterinary 63 74 338

Biology

Duke University ranked 17th for Biology in the United States and 20th in the World with 46,452 publications made and 3,866,543 citations received. Main research topics: Oncology and Cancer research, Immunology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology.

Rank Ranking
#17 of 867 In the United States
#17 of 932 In North America
#20 of 4,496 In the World

Duke University
Biology Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 536 2020
1992 291 1014
1993 408 2002
1994 472 1971
1995 385 2157
1996 773 3330
1997 758 4023
1998 748 3816
1999 786 4256
2000 800 5151
2001 788 5580
2002 874 6113
2003 988 6702
2004 1151 8954
2005 1173 8933
2006 1286 9129
2007 1401 10766
2008 1596 12982
2009 1771 14058
2010 1922 16275
2011 1798 12988
2012 2084 15906
2013 1881 13891
2014 2043 13752
2015 1871 13905
2016 2056 14048
2017 1995 12531
2018 1679 10463
2019 2079 7637
2020 2161 7615
2021 2421 7239
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Oncology and Cancer research 11 11 11
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 9 10 11
Pharmacology 10 11 12
Evolutionary Biology 9 10 15
Bioinformatics and Computational biology 15 16 18
Immunology 16 16 18
Biophysics 16 16 19
Biochemistry 16 16 19
Neuroscience 16 17 20
Genetics 18 18 22
Molecular Biology 19 19 22
Wildlife and Fisheries Management & Conservation 13 17 27
Zoology 14 16 29
Virology 22 22 31
Toxicology 28 30 45
Microbiology 31 33 48
Botany 23 25 51
Nanotechnology 24 25 54
Entomology 28 31 61
Forestry 33 37 85
Paleontology 40 46 115
Agricultural Science 45 52 125
Animal Science 46 55 135
Horticulture 38 44 141
Biotechnology 49 59 158
Astrobiology 88 97 199
Nutrition and Food Science 54 66 426

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Duke University ranked 24th for Liberal Arts & Social Sciences in the United States and 34th in the World with 21,528 publications made and 1,096,536 citations received. Main research topics: Demography, Political Science, Sociology, Law, History.

Rank Ranking
#24 of 1,262 In the United States
#26 of 1,341 In North America
#34 of 5,073 In the World

Duke University
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 139 332
1992 67 209
1993 104 263
1994 129 500
1995 93 279
1996 196 706
1997 217 998
1998 260 1579
1999 278 1440
2000 275 1063
2001 296 3021
2002 275 1322
2003 414 2291
2004 406 1695
2005 519 3092
2006 507 3103
2007 591 2946
2008 685 3215
2009 848 3725
2010 876 4644
2011 926 4731
2012 985 5327
2013 977 4488
2014 1083 3980
2015 1005 5731
2016 1135 5404
2017 1024 3980
2018 1037 5348
2019 1220 3574
2020 1377 3292
2021 1545 1129

Physics

Duke University ranked 35th for Physics in the United States and 70th in the World with 16,646 publications made and 1,027,682 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Optical Engineering, Quantum and Particle physics, Nuclear Physics, Biophysics.

Rank Ranking
#35 of 721 In the United States
#36 of 781 In North America
#70 of 4,082 In the World

Duke University
Physics Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 165 182
1992 127 613
1993 151 394
1994 188 276
1995 175 388
1996 267 512
1997 291 717
1998 313 841
1999 357 847
2000 265 1037
2001 304 999
2002 309 1265
2003 371 1680
2004 399 1755
2005 465 2406
2006 545 2643
2007 545 1924
2008 562 2386
2009 641 3384
2010 649 4175
2011 689 4218
2012 769 7330
2013 729 5275
2014 755 6580
2015 723 6064
2016 788 5690
2017 647 4034
2018 638 3266
2019 676 3841
2020 672 8405
2021 621 721
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Medical Physics 4 4 4
Acoustical Engineering 9 9 14
Biophysics 16 16 19
Optical Engineering 18 19 28
Nuclear Physics 19 19 41
Nanotechnology 24 25 54
Quantum and Particle physics 38 42 112
Atomic and Molecular physics 46 48 115
Theoretical Physics 43 48 125
Materials Science 47 52 151
Applied/Engineering Physics 57 62 159
Condensed Matter Physics 62 67 192
Astrobiology 88 97 199
Astrophysics and Astronomy 117 132 372

Computer Science

Duke University ranked 31st for Computer Science in the United States and 40th in the World with 16,224 publications made and 1,082,529 citations received. Main research topics: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Neuroscience, Bioinformatics and Computational biology, Cognitive Science, Computer Vision.

Rank Ranking
#31 of 858 In the United States
#33 of 927 In North America
#40 of 4,392 In the World

Duke University
Computer Science Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 125 720
1992 58 179
1993 79 186
1994 99 234
1995 105 368
1996 183 589
1997 208 648
1998 197 842
1999 246 1008
2000 251 1616
2001 239 1240
2002 276 1530
2003 306 1827
2004 385 2143
2005 398 3955
2006 442 2389
2007 489 3222
2008 500 3257
2009 576 3680
2010 646 6101
2011 669 4180
2012 758 6449
2013 703 3960
2014 803 4967
2015 778 3295
2016 857 5013
2017 860 4577
2018 832 5739
2019 981 3757
2020 1093 3462
2021 1148 5420

Psychology

Duke University ranked 20th for Psychology in the United States and 25th in the World with 15,912 publications made and 1,433,664 citations received. Main research topics: Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology, Child Psychology, Social Psychology.

Rank Ranking
#20 of 981 In the United States
#22 of 1,047 In North America
#25 of 3,654 In the World

Duke University
Psychology Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 137 524
1992 57 274
1993 108 396
1994 105 533
1995 85 437
1996 186 836
1997 239 1486
1998 226 2063
1999 234 1425
2000 280 2189
2001 250 2767
2002 287 2631
2003 337 4251
2004 387 3377
2005 392 3544
2006 447 4139
2007 553 4229
2008 624 4421
2009 608 4586
2010 637 5166
2011 728 6262
2012 741 5742
2013 710 4689
2014 846 5337
2015 743 4146
2016 770 4114
2017 739 3424
2018 699 4504
2019 729 1767
2020 750 1894
2021 923 688
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Clinical Psychology 9 9 10
Psychiatry 10 10 11
Occupational Therapy 10 13 19
Neuroscience 16 17 20
Child Psychology 23 25 27
Cognitive Science 22 24 29
Social Psychology 37 40 43
Special Education 51 55 87
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 48 56 101
Social Work 58 62 102
Organizational / Business / IO Psychology 70 80 118
Sexology 92 106 161
Education Majors 156 173 356

Engineering

Duke University ranked 39th for Engineering in the United States and 107th in the World with 14,836 publications made and 682,429 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Optical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Electronic Engineering.

Rank Ranking
#39 of 756 In the United States
#44 of 818 In North America
#107 of 4,624 In the World

Duke University
Engineering Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 147 114
1992 104 474
1993 109 160
1994 163 194
1995 143 113
1996 203 480
1997 259 482
1998 273 738
1999 308 604
2000 235 1072
2001 309 1026
2002 316 1068
2003 337 1332
2004 383 1390
2005 434 1783
2006 506 2372
2007 535 1702
2008 512 2113
2009 585 2741
2010 613 3023
2011 620 2602
2012 610 3259
2013 669 2556
2014 671 2981
2015 660 3060
2016 686 3138
2017 661 2785
2018 591 2025
2019 643 2535
2020 618 1735
2021 592 519
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Biomedical Engineering 5 5 5
Acoustical Engineering 9 9 14
Petroleum Engineering 8 10 15
Reliability and Quality Engineering 14 16 27
Optical Engineering 18 19 28
Computer Engineering 22 24 40
Nanotechnology 24 25 54
Environmental Engineering 18 22 69
Biochemical Engineering 30 32 70
Operations Research 30 33 72
Firefighting and Fire Science 30 32 75
Industrial Engineering 29 33 81
Product and Industrial Design 38 41 86
Geotechnical Engineering 28 36 108
Polymer science and Plastics engineering 45 50 116
Robotics 40 45 120
Computer Networking 56 62 121
Remote Sensing 57 63 133
Architecture 47 53 135
Aerospace Engineering 69 71 147
Materials Science 47 52 151
Biotechnology 49 59 158
Applied/Engineering Physics 57 62 159
Human-Computer Interaction 60 71 162
Electronic Engineering 50 61 164
Construction Management 47 54 174
Structural Engineering 45 53 180
Telecommunications 60 71 187
Automation and Control engineering 54 65 196
Electrical Engineering 61 71 203
Marine Engineering 45 55 203
Architectural Engineering 44 50 207
Technical Drawing 75 82 223
Mechanical Engineering 58 64 231
Aviation 90 98 237
Mining Engineering 36 51 246
Agricultural Engineering 47 57 249
Nuclear Engineering 66 80 270
Engineering Management 97 110 272
Renewable Energy Engineering 63 77 286
Systems Engineering 74 90 301
Landscape Architecture 81 93 337
Chemical Engineering 91 106 457
Transportation Engineering 126 146 464
Civil Engineering 134 162 740
Automotive Engineering 153 182 898

Chemistry

Duke University ranked 32nd for Chemistry in the United States and 70th in the World with 14,276 publications made and 1,076,846 citations received. Main research topics: Biochemistry, Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Organic Chemistry, Pharmacy.

Rank Ranking
#32 of 717 In the United States
#35 of 778 In North America
#70 of 4,317 In the World

Duke University
Chemistry Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 247 637
1992 155 800
1993 172 605
1994 242 794
1995 157 462
1996 302 1202
1997 287 1409
1998 289 1153
1999 319 1174
2000 252 1264
2001 290 1318
2002 336 1758
2003 298 1588
2004 346 2002
2005 338 1843
2006 428 2167
2007 417 1962
2008 479 2794
2009 477 2914
2010 501 3455
2011 469 2920
2012 457 3325
2013 487 2445
2014 493 3071
2015 464 2782
2016 478 3076
2017 471 2539
2018 397 1595
2019 413 1391
2020 421 1221
2021 382 244
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Biochemistry 16 16 19
Nanotechnology 24 25 54
Pharmacy 23 27 68
Biochemical Engineering 30 32 70
Environmental Chemistry 34 39 77
Computational Chemistry 40 42 93
Polymer science and Plastics engineering 45 50 116
Materials Science 47 52 151
Petrology and Geochemistry 52 65 167
Organic Chemistry 56 62 185
Physical chemistry 70 82 265
Radiochemistry 43 51 292
Inorganic Chemistry 75 87 327
Nutrition and Food Science 54 66 426
Chemical Engineering 91 106 457

Environmental Science

Duke University ranked 32nd for Environmental Science in the United States and 53rd in the World with 9,346 publications made and 765,077 citations received. Main research topics: Ecology, Geography and Cartography, Environmental Management, Geology, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science.

Rank Ranking
#32 of 750 In the United States
#35 of 818 In North America
#53 of 4,023 In the World

Duke University
Environmental Science Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 61 270
1992 36 620
1993 51 133
1994 59 220
1995 57 198
1996 92 356
1997 128 801
1998 147 640
1999 136 640
2000 158 1602
2001 180 1793
2002 198 1215
2003 223 1178
2004 216 1748
2005 226 1645
2006 249 2270
2007 281 2368
2008 345 2172
2009 349 2532
2010 331 2340
2011 393 3953
2012 387 3002
2013 449 3066
2014 522 3083
2015 506 3242
2016 484 3651
2017 430 2777
2018 388 1666
2019 418 1599
2020 396 1059
2021 422 400

Business

Duke University ranked 29th for Business in the United States and 38th in the World with 7,108 publications made and 537,230 citations received. Main research topics: Investment Banking and Stock trading, Finance, Public Policy / Administration, Actuarial Science, Occupational Safety and Health.

Rank Ranking
#29 of 834 In the United States
#30 of 900 In North America
#38 of 4,001 In the World

Duke University
Business Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 37 64
1992 23 104
1993 34 390
1994 38 205
1995 33 108
1996 79 392
1997 101 742
1998 92 532
1999 132 1654
2000 118 954
2001 112 1112
2002 146 919
2003 195 1064
2004 169 1185
2005 206 2219
2006 223 1103
2007 257 1445
2008 255 1413
2009 302 1495
2010 338 1721
2011 335 2446
2012 342 1727
2013 376 1478
2014 364 1670
2015 334 1416
2016 428 1510
2017 341 900
2018 288 985
2019 315 553
2020 358 715
2021 334 281

Economics

Duke University ranked 17th for Economics in the United States and 21st in the World with 5,979 publications made and 419,741 citations received. Main research topics: Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Investment Banking and Stock trading, Finance, Development Studies, Political Economy.

Rank Ranking
#17 of 654 In the United States
#18 of 717 In North America
#21 of 3,039 In the World

Duke University
Economics Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 43 114
1992 20 92
1993 24 143
1994 34 192
1995 23 129
1996 63 717
1997 93 536
1998 73 372
1999 123 1238
2000 105 719
2001 130 893
2002 123 672
2003 168 737
2004 171 1324
2005 184 1584
2006 162 847
2007 203 1143
2008 221 1205
2009 252 1183
2010 304 1811
2011 285 1325
2012 331 1315
2013 299 1466
2014 300 1363
2015 239 1121
2016 328 742
2017 247 588
2018 211 1208
2019 244 576
2020 249 548
2021 285 199

Mathematics

Duke University ranked 30th for Mathematics in the United States and 34th in the World with 5,592 publications made and 355,438 citations received. Main research topics: Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Actuarial Science, Blockchain and Cryptography.

Rank Ranking
#30 of 684 In the United States
#31 of 744 In North America
#34 of 3,376 In the World

Duke University
Mathematics Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 44 107
1992 24 97
1993 30 70
1994 49 89
1995 38 71
1996 93 845
1997 90 330
1998 79 419
1999 106 570
2000 94 418
2001 125 784
2002 98 371
2003 163 791
2004 149 1067
2005 180 939
2006 176 1036
2007 173 1169
2008 208 824
2009 192 890
2010 216 1092
2011 253 1380
2012 270 907
2013 273 1507
2014 266 834
2015 244 1624
2016 298 633
2017 252 646
2018 221 1183
2019 276 595
2020 256 394
2021 268 189
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics 15 15 16
Actuarial Science 16 17 20
Statistics 30 33 39
Applied Mathematics 28 31 45
Operations Research 30 33 72
Blockchain and Cryptography 52 57 109
Math Teachers 82 89 162

Art & Design

Duke University ranked 48th for Art & Design in the United States and 86th in the World with 2,047 publications made and 46,955 citations received. Main research topics: Art History, Creative Writing, Literature, Multimedia, Aesthetics.

Please note that our approach to topical rankings is based on scientific outputs and heavily biased on art-related topics towards institutions with computer science profiles.

Rank Ranking
#48 of 685 In the United States
#54 of 750 In North America
#86 of 2,700 In the World

Duke University
Art & Design Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 15 17
1992 9 10
1993 9 1
1994 21 20
1995 10 12
1996 20 12
1997 23 55
1998 26 33
1999 24 45
2000 36 70
2001 17 159
2002 38 42
2003 45 185
2004 47 97
2005 44 77
2006 48 106
2007 44 107
2008 58 172
2009 71 66
2010 101 227
2011 133 272
2012 92 282
2013 107 256
2014 107 164
2015 99 203
2016 109 113
2017 91 166
2018 84 105
2019 96 416
2020 130 68
2021 98 34
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Singing and Vocal Performance 8 10 15
Photography 20 21 31
Aesthetics 21 26 56
Art History 31 34 57
Music 33 38 66
Literature 31 35 73
Cinematography 32 34 75
Painting and Drawing 31 34 78
Sculpture 31 34 78
Illustration and Concept Art 35 38 83
UX/UI Desgin 50 56 116
Fashion Design 46 55 120
Computer Graphics 53 60 121
Creative Writing 61 71 134
Architecture 47 53 135
Graphic Design 64 72 138
Multimedia 55 64 142
Entertainment Industry Business 72 80 147
Game Design and Development 55 70 150
Performing arts 66 76 169
Animation 64 75 179
Landscape Architecture 81 93 337
Interior Design 125 139 582