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Seoul National University ranked 1st in South Korea, 148th in the global 2023 rating, and scored in the TOP 100 across 88 research topics. Seoul National University ranking is based on 3 factors: research output (EduRank's index has 159,527 academic publications and 3,610,436 citations attributed to the university), non-academic reputation, and the impact of 190 notable alumni.

Ranking Category
#148 of 14,131 In the World
#13 of 5,830 In Asia
#1 of 193 In South Korea
#1 of 39 In Seoul
#20 of 1,004 For Marine Engineering
#21 of 1,878 For Computer Engineering
#22 of 3,831 For Nanotechnology
#184 of 7,446 For Alumni Impact
#370 of 14,131 For Non-academic Prominence
Top100 For 85 other topics

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Biology rankings

Seoul National University ranked 1st for Biology in South Korea and 70th in the World with 104,341 publications made and 2,679,674 citations received. Main research topics: Genetics, Biochemistry, Paleontology, Immunology, Nanotechnology.

Biology ranking Location
#1 of 142 In South Korea
#7 of 2,784 In Asia
#70 of 6,663 In the World

Seoul National University
Biology Publications & Citations

Year Biology publications Biology citations
1990 212 531
1991 211 616
1992 248 739
1993 355 983
1994 429 1163
1995 551 1381
1996 707 1830
1997 872 2546
1998 1020 3290
1999 1200 4588
2000 1460 6338
2001 1603 8644
2002 1823 11513
2003 2068 15473
2004 2455 19918
2005 2589 26791
2006 2889 33561
2007 3253 39552
2008 3340 47884
2009 3724 57421
2010 4111 68677
2011 4453 83134
2012 4924 99210
2013 4883 115315
2014 5079 131429
2015 5520 146685
2016 5361 155748
2017 5599 172545
2018 5295 175597
2019 5849 204490
2020 6267 241793
2021 6923 313120
2022 5902 310430

The following table provides academic rankings for Seoul National University in various areas of Biology.

Biology subfield South Korea ranking Asia ranking World rank
Nanotechnology 1 10 22
Oncology and Cancer research 1 8 51
Toxicology 1 4 55
Microbiology 1 4 60
Nutrition and Food Science 1 10 65
Pharmacology 1 5 66
Genetics 1 5 68
Biochemistry 1 9 69
Horticulture 1 13 69
Biotechnology 1 5 69
Bioinformatics and Computational biology 1 5 70
Botany 1 9 72
Paleontology 1 6 72
Molecular Biology 1 9 73
Zoology 1 7 96
Immunology 1 10 100
Agricultural Science 1 25 115
Virology 1 13 119
Biophysics 1 13 136
Astrobiology 1 20 144
Neuroscience 1 12 147
Forestry 1 17 156
Wildlife and Fisheries Management & Conservation 1 21 159
Evolutionary Biology 1 18 196
Animal Science 1 27 227
Entomology 2 31 299
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 2 46 528

Chemistry rankings

Seoul National University ranked 1st for Chemistry in South Korea and 53rd in the World with 97,484 publications made and 2,588,114 citations received. Main research topics: Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Chemical Engineering.

Chemistry ranking Location
#1 of 141 In South Korea
#10 of 2,710 In Asia
#53 of 6,327 In the World

Seoul National University
Chemistry Publications & Citations

Year Chemistry publications Chemistry citations
1990 224 516
1991 228 631
1992 284 795
1993 422 1124
1994 502 1278
1995 646 1558
1996 816 2106
1997 1043 2842
1998 1181 3676
1999 1383 5024
2000 1658 6954
2001 1841 9228
2002 2087 12298
2003 2266 15527
2004 2648 21153
2005 2724 28173
2006 2979 34857
2007 3309 40754
2008 3242 48485
2009 3544 57490
2010 3874 68410
2011 4058 82424
2012 4477 96534
2013 4396 111457
2014 4537 126793
2015 4886 140000
2016 4745 149338
2017 4880 163474
2018 4719 167813
2019 5036 192834
2020 5318 223257
2021 5828 285447
2022 4968 283524

The following table provides academic rankings for Seoul National University in various areas of Chemistry.

Chemistry subfield South Korea ranking Asia ranking World rank
Nanotechnology 1 10 22
Chemical Engineering 1 18 26
Physical chemistry 1 17 31
Radiochemistry 1 25 32
Materials Science 1 13 39
Inorganic Chemistry 1 23 42
Organic Chemistry 1 15 49
Nutrition and Food Science 1 10 65
Biochemistry 1 9 69
Environmental Chemistry 1 19 74
Polymer science and Plastics engineering 1 21 80
Petrology and Geochemistry 1 18 108
Pharmacy 1 29 122
Biochemical Engineering 2 29 170
Computational Chemistry 1 31 186

Engineering rankings

Seoul National University ranked 1st for Engineering in South Korea and 54th in the World with 84,764 publications made and 1,944,158 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Optical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Nanotechnology.

Engineering ranking Location
#1 of 142 In South Korea
#14 of 2,776 In Asia
#54 of 6,555 In the World

Seoul National University
Engineering Publications & Citations

Year Engineering publications Engineering citations
1990 176 406
1991 211 567
1992 276 727
1993 400 982
1994 505 1153
1995 624 1495
1996 792 1856
1997 941 2385
1998 1085 3103
1999 1262 4252
2000 1447 5587
2001 1628 7303
2002 1876 9563
2003 1962 11860
2004 2233 16432
2005 2340 21630
2006 2647 27441
2007 2967 31820
2008 2849 38319
2009 3082 45194
2010 3288 52910
2011 3465 64178
2012 3766 74047
2013 3751 85939
2014 3827 97587
2015 4089 107070
2016 3977 115339
2017 4084 126493
2018 4158 132045
2019 4510 153497
2020 4616 178127
2021 5230 229377
2022 4418 220178

The following table provides academic rankings for Seoul National University in various areas of Engineering.

Engineering subfield South Korea ranking Asia ranking World rank
Marine Engineering 1 9 20
Computer Engineering 1 3 21
Nanotechnology 1 10 22
Chemical Engineering 1 18 26
Biomedical Engineering 1 7 33
Nuclear Engineering 2 16 34
Electrical Engineering 1 13 38
Materials Science 1 13 39
Robotics 2 16 40
Automotive Engineering 2 21 43
Metallurgical Engineering 1 17 43
Electronic Engineering 2 17 45
Automation and Control engineering 2 22 48
Technical Drawing 2 21 52
Telecommunications 2 18 55
Petroleum Engineering 1 19 55
Structural Engineering 1 19 57
Optical Engineering 1 15 58
Computer Networking 2 18 58
Mechanical Engineering 1 16 66
Aerospace Engineering 1 16 67
Biotechnology 1 5 69
Environmental Engineering 1 25 71
Civil Engineering 1 20 72
Geotechnical Engineering 1 21 75
Applied/Engineering Physics 1 25 75
Polymer science and Plastics engineering 1 21 80
Acoustical Engineering 1 21 90
Mining Engineering 1 43 97
Architectural Engineering 2 28 109
Architecture 1 20 110
Human-Computer Interaction 3 17 112
Product and Industrial Design 3 21 113
Landscape Architecture 1 18 116
Reliability and Quality Engineering 2 34 117
Transportation Engineering 1 27 117
Firefighting and Fire Science 1 37 120
Industrial Engineering 2 39 128
Systems Engineering 2 26 144
Renewable Energy Engineering 2 46 153
Remote Sensing 1 39 168
Biochemical Engineering 2 29 170
Construction Management 2 48 181
Agricultural Engineering 1 58 186
Operations Research 2 62 201
Aviation 5 36 203
Engineering Management 2 72 410

Physics rankings

Seoul National University ranked 1st for Physics in South Korea and 60th in the World with 78,066 publications made and 1,849,635 citations received. Main research topics: Quantum and Particle physics, Materials Science, Optical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Astrophysics and Astronomy.

Physics ranking Location
#1 of 142 In South Korea
#14 of 2,752 In Asia
#60 of 6,484 In the World

Seoul National University
Physics Publications & Citations

Year Physics publications Physics citations
1990 182 447
1991 218 614
1992 273 795
1993 401 1027
1994 478 1267
1995 591 1528
1996 762 1993
1997 901 2533
1998 1015 3350
1999 1203 4655
2000 1367 6128
2001 1578 7944
2002 1802 10089
2003 1872 12384
2004 2075 16500
2005 2176 21572
2006 2417 26609
2007 2760 30851
2008 2624 36942
2009 2753 42976
2010 3027 49957
2011 3128 60892
2012 3478 70223
2013 3422 81183
2014 3527 92424
2015 3718 101417
2016 3591 108746
2017 3670 118754
2018 3761 123762
2019 4106 142826
2020 4212 165666
2021 4777 211736
2022 3994 201853

The following table provides academic rankings for Seoul National University in various areas of Physics.

Physics subfield South Korea ranking Asia ranking World rank
Nanotechnology 1 10 22
Materials Science 1 13 39
Optical Engineering 1 15 58
Quantum and Particle physics 1 15 58
Condensed Matter Physics 1 22 70
Applied/Engineering Physics 1 25 75
Acoustical Engineering 1 21 90
Nuclear Physics 1 19 108
Theoretical Physics 1 17 113
Astrophysics and Astronomy 1 19 123
Biophysics 1 13 136
Astrobiology 1 20 144
Medical Physics 4 8 156
Atomic and Molecular physics 1 24 169

Medicine rankings

Seoul National University ranked 1st for Medicine in South Korea and 98th in the World with 75,872 publications made and 1,692,427 citations received. Main research topics: Pathology, Surgery, Immunology, Psychiatry, Oncology and Cancer research.

Medicine ranking Location
#1 of 140 In South Korea
#7 of 2,743 In Asia
#98 of 6,552 In the World

Seoul National University
Medicine Publications & Citations

Year Medicine publications Medicine citations
1990 166 319
1991 151 360
1992 167 414
1993 239 537
1994 273 659
1995 324 790
1996 405 1023
1997 529 1422
1998 675 1820
1999 723 2532
2000 915 3540
2001 942 4964
2002 1083 6610
2003 1269 8469
2004 1531 11253
2005 1709 15033
2006 1864 19364
2007 2200 22662
2008 2258 28106
2009 2605 34396
2010 2934 41738
2011 3235 50340
2012 3501 61132
2013 3542 71963
2014 3797 83576
2015 4078 95118
2016 4119 100848
2017 4332 113944
2018 3995 113381
2019 4494 134603
2020 4892 162326
2021 5474 214498
2022 4814 215299

The following table provides academic rankings for Seoul National University in various areas of Medicine.

Medicine subfield South Korea ranking Asia ranking World rank
Cosmetology 1 1 32
Biomedical Engineering 1 7 33
Gastroenterology and Hepatology 3 6 44
Oncology and Cancer research 1 8 51
Toxicology 1 4 55
Dentistry 2 10 59
Sonography and Ultrasound 4 9 65
Pharmacology 1 5 66
Radiation Therapy 4 10 70
Orthodontics 2 11 71
Urology 1 7 73
Dermatology 2 9 80
Plastic Surgery 4 9 81
Veterinary 1 9 83
Pathology 1 7 86
Radiology and Nuclear medicine 3 12 89
Surgery 3 11 91
Ophthalmology 3 13 92
Immunology 1 10 100
Neurosurgery 3 21 100
Anatomy and Physiology 2 12 101
Epidemiology 1 12 116
Virology 1 13 119
Pharmacy 1 29 122
Optometry 3 20 148
Respiratory Therapy 1 12 150
Gerontology 1 3 151
Medical Physics 4 8 156
Anesthesiology 2 14 156
Psychiatry 2 12 158
Audiology 1 9 158
Public Health 1 8 166
Healthcare Management (MHA) 1 7 176
Pediatrics 2 19 186
Cardiology 4 27 191
Physical Therapy 2 13 197
Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN) 1 7 206
Paramedicine and Emergency medicine 2 10 219
Nursing 2 10 221
Family medicine 1 15 225
Critical Care Nursing 4 19 250
Occupational Therapy 4 26 264
Sports Medicine 3 25 275
Health Science 2 22 284
Clinical Psychology 2 13 293
Sports / Exercise science 2 14 298
Forensic Science 3 74 373
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 2 46 528
Social Work 3 64 816

Computer Science rankings

Seoul National University ranked 1st for Computer Science in South Korea and 83rd in the World with 59,193 publications made and 1,218,135 citations received. Main research topics: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Neuroscience, Telecommunications, Machine Learning, Computer Vision.

Computer Science ranking Location
#1 of 141 In South Korea
#12 of 2,768 In Asia
#83 of 6,597 In the World

Seoul National University
Computer Science Publications & Citations

Year Computer Science publications Computer Science citations
1990 88 253
1991 101 313
1992 131 453
1993 192 536
1994 289 677
1995 334 839
1996 434 1153
1997 580 1413
1998 646 1817
1999 739 2497
2000 830 3126
2001 915 4115
2002 1048 5518
2003 1164 6977
2004 1338 9502
2005 1463 12569
2006 1678 15913
2007 1808 18350
2008 1865 22455
2009 2110 26583
2010 2221 30959
2011 2395 37163
2012 2554 43491
2013 2627 50561
2014 2727 57453
2015 2825 63585
2016 2829 67801
2017 3073 75340
2018 3129 79516
2019 3618 95888
2020 3825 117413
2021 4351 157736
2022 3605 153365

The following table provides academic rankings for Seoul National University in various areas of Computer Science.

Environmental Science rankings

Seoul National University ranked 1st for Environmental Science in South Korea and 88th in the World with 54,699 publications made and 1,199,228 citations received. Main research topics: Geology, Geography and Cartography, Ecology, Paleontology, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science.

Environmental Science ranking Location
#1 of 141 In South Korea
#9 of 2,777 In Asia
#88 of 6,683 In the World

Seoul National University
Environmental Science Publications & Citations

Year Environmental Science publications Environmental Science citations
1990 138 294
1991 121 412
1992 160 471
1993 212 552
1994 253 695
1995 326 766
1996 410 996
1997 496 1378
1998 553 1768
1999 660 2429
2000 829 3311
2001 872 4111
2002 1051 5471
2003 1165 7709
2004 1406 9489
2005 1404 12464
2006 1613 15841
2007 1768 18852
2008 1750 22336
2009 1937 26982
2010 2061 31875
2011 2294 38573
2012 2527 46063
2013 2526 53668
2014 2612 60688
2015 2893 66841
2016 2696 71766
2017 2771 78096
2018 2765 80824
2019 2976 96359
2020 3212 115163
2021 3558 151223
2022 3048 148853

The following table provides academic rankings for Seoul National University in various areas of Environmental Science.

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences rankings

Seoul National University ranked 1st for Liberal Arts & Social Sciences in South Korea and 238th in the World with 39,515 publications made and 711,018 citations received. Main research topics: Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, Law, Linguistics.

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences ranking Location
#1 of 140 In South Korea
#15 of 2,813 In Asia
#238 of 6,939 In the World

Seoul National University
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Publications & Citations

Year Liberal Arts & Social Sciences publications Liberal Arts & Social Sciences citations
1990 55 197
1991 68 228
1992 108 315
1993 129 305
1994 170 421
1995 201 540
1996 244 749
1997 260 807
1998 317 1068
1999 386 1454
2000 454 1911
2001 497 2559
2002 513 3160
2003 602 4111
2004 743 5336
2005 793 6970
2006 949 8807
2007 1063 10459
2008 1067 12542
2009 1293 14965
2010 1388 17688
2011 1513 21975
2012 1777 26163
2013 1811 30902
2014 1892 35299
2015 2162 40777
2016 2053 42767
2017 2290 47899
2018 2272 50774
2019 2533 61896
2020 2735 77792
2021 3183 106489
2022 2723 102600

The following table provides academic rankings for Seoul National University in various areas of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences.

Psychology rankings

Seoul National University ranked 1st for Psychology in South Korea and 152nd in the World with 30,138 publications made and 609,367 citations received. Main research topics: Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Social Psychology, Cognitive Science, Clinical Psychology.

Psychology ranking Location
#1 of 140 In South Korea
#12 of 2,647 In Asia
#152 of 6,353 In the World

Seoul National University
Psychology Publications & Citations

Year Psychology publications Psychology citations
1990 55 96
1991 57 116
1992 66 193
1993 79 213
1994 103 265
1995 128 334
1996 118 501
1997 175 561
1998 233 729
1999 266 949
2000 308 1321
2001 332 1832
2002 403 2282
2003 427 3059
2004 496 4111
2005 546 5039
2006 655 6519
2007 752 7550
2008 834 9682
2009 972 11643
2010 1087 13823
2011 1208 16891
2012 1387 21131
2013 1325 25268
2014 1459 29590
2015 1596 33930
2016 1691 35749
2017 1749 40637
2018 1699 42384
2019 2072 51306
2020 2206 62683
2021 2478 85006
2022 2154 83055

The following table provides academic rankings for Seoul National University in various areas of Psychology.

Psychology subfield South Korea ranking Asia ranking World rank
Neuroscience 1 12 147
Cognitive Science 1 27 155
Psychiatry 2 12 158
Organizational / Business / IO Psychology 2 22 233
Occupational Therapy 4 26 264
Social Psychology 1 20 265
Clinical Psychology 2 13 293
Child Psychology 1 16 310
Education Majors 1 31 311
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 1 36 430
Sexology 1 21 544
Special Education 1 36 592
Social Work 3 64 816

Mathematics rankings

Seoul National University ranked 1st for Mathematics in South Korea and 96th in the World with 30,022 publications made and 539,849 citations received. Main research topics: Statistics, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Blockchain and Cryptography, Applied Mathematics, Math Teachers.

Mathematics ranking Location
#1 of 137 In South Korea
#11 of 2,612 In Asia
#96 of 6,132 In the World

Seoul National University
Mathematics Publications & Citations

Year Mathematics publications Mathematics citations
1990 24 94
1991 33 108
1992 63 173
1993 73 198
1994 135 278
1995 142 373
1996 186 502
1997 204 505
1998 268 652
1999 282 916
2000 352 1181
2001 359 1523
2002 435 1934
2003 492 2442
2004 543 3426
2005 629 4585
2006 771 5824
2007 826 6874
2008 807 8327
2009 987 10097
2010 1035 11425
2011 1086 14002
2012 1217 16472
2013 1228 19121
2014 1407 22023
2015 1541 25293
2016 1530 26804
2017 1748 30193
2018 1749 31839
2019 1972 39707
2020 2153 47766
2021 2648 67963
2022 2204 68396

The following table provides academic rankings for Seoul National University in various areas of Mathematics.

Mathematics subfield South Korea ranking Asia ranking World rank
Blockchain and Cryptography 1 25 87
Statistics 1 11 92
Applied Mathematics 1 31 139
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics 1 15 158
Operations Research 2 62 201
Actuarial Science 1 24 222
Math Teachers 1 63 469

Business rankings

Seoul National University ranked 1st for Business in South Korea and 126th in the World with 16,792 publications made and 286,927 citations received. Main research topics: Management, Finance, Marketing, Advertising, Accounting.

Business ranking Location
#1 of 130 In South Korea
#16 of 2,509 In Asia
#126 of 6,002 In the World

Seoul National University
Business Publications & Citations

Year Business publications Business citations
1990 31 77
1991 35 110
1992 44 171
1993 65 204
1994 93 229
1995 123 309
1996 159 421
1997 197 497
1998 217 634
1999 245 869
2000 278 1029
2001 291 1318
2002 309 1612
2003 348 1974
2004 352 2576
2005 397 3286
2006 465 4115
2007 532 4801
2008 551 5857
2009 590 6748
2010 606 7902
2011 659 9418
2012 712 10278
2013 759 12185
2014 799 13801
2015 874 14834
2016 787 15498
2017 841 16582
2018 870 17767
2019 941 21662
2020 1016 26498
2021 1209 37393
2022 954 33831

The following table provides academic rankings for Seoul National University in various areas of Business.

Economics rankings

Seoul National University ranked 1st for Economics in South Korea and 182nd in the World with 10,105 publications made and 169,415 citations received. Main research topics: Finance, Development Studies, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Investment Banking and Stock trading, International Trade.

Economics ranking Location
#1 of 119 In South Korea
#16 of 2,385 In Asia
#182 of 5,789 In the World

Seoul National University
Economics Publications & Citations

Year Economics publications Economics citations
1990 10 28
1991 17 49
1992 17 68
1993 20 68
1994 32 114
1995 48 171
1996 46 179
1997 69 207
1998 91 285
1999 99 317
2000 134 449
2001 122 615
2002 136 722
2003 195 955
2004 161 1194
2005 220 1548
2006 216 1851
2007 278 2200
2008 274 2725
2009 323 3339
2010 340 4113
2011 390 5047
2012 467 5606
2013 446 6552
2014 510 7533
2015 575 8441
2016 528 8879
2017 598 9600
2018 603 10037
2019 630 12552
2020 716 16048
2021 820 22838
2022 666 21324

The following table provides academic rankings for Seoul National University in various areas of Economics.

Economics subfield South Korea ranking Asia ranking World rank
Finance 1 16 156
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics 1 15 158
Development Studies 1 12 191
Investment Banking and Stock trading 1 26 192
Actuarial Science 1 24 222
Environmental Economics 2 56 222
Agricultural Economics 1 47 270
International Trade 1 20 272
International Economics 2 29 337
Political Economy 1 19 414
International Relations and Diplomacy 4 72 575

Art & Design rankings

Seoul National University ranked 1st for Art & Design in South Korea and 131st in the World with 7,432 publications made and 120,864 citations received. Main research topics: Fashion Design, Computer Graphics, Literature, Aesthetics, Multimedia.

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

Art & Design ranking Location
#1 of 113 In South Korea
#12 of 2,183 In Asia
#131 of 5,426 In the World

Seoul National University
Art & Design Publications & Citations

Year Art & Design publications Art & Design citations
1990 14 30
1991 11 34
1992 17 49
1993 23 43
1994 24 47
1995 34 67
1996 47 92
1997 69 155
1998 84 177
1999 92 193
2000 88 310
2001 119 430
2002 137 594
2003 137 738
2004 168 965
2005 194 1387
2006 238 1822
2007 219 2092
2008 259 2428
2009 298 3030
2010 265 3413
2011 319 4041
2012 355 4708
2013 320 5065
2014 386 5832
2015 394 6424
2016 373 6810
2017 391 7382
2018 367 7813
2019 443 9408
2020 421 11850
2021 509 15419
2022 436 13962

The following table provides academic rankings for Seoul National University in various areas of Art & Design.

Art & Design subfield South Korea ranking Asia ranking World rank
Animation 2 8 27
Photography 1 3 43
Computer Graphics 2 11 65
Fashion Design 1 8 95
Interior Design 1 18 101
Architecture 1 20 110
Landscape Architecture 1 18 116
Game Design and Development 4 18 119
Graphic Design 2 16 125
Multimedia 2 19 129
UX/UI Desgin 4 16 136
Singing and Vocal Performance 1 15 156
Aesthetics 1 12 162
Literature 1 20 239
Performing arts 1 21 244
Music 1 25 285
Entertainment Industry Business 4 27 345
Painting and Drawing 5 78 426
Sculpture 5 78 426
Cinematography 2 25 439
Illustration and Concept Art 5 83 445
Art History 1 36 608
Creative Writing 2 68 716