Medicine at Heidelberg University is still in top position in Germany. For the fifth time in succession, it has retained its first place in a ranking list by subject groups now published as part of the Times Higher Education World University Ranking for 2020/2021. At the international level, Heidelberg University is placed 36th in this field, referred to as "Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health". In a Germany-wide comparison, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München ranked second and third respectively, with 43rd (Charité) and 45th (LMU) place internationally. Heidelberg’s Life Sciences and Physical Sciences also receive outstanding placings.
In the field of Life Sciences, Heidelberg University once again ranks second in Germany. Internationally, the Life Sciences are ranked 35th, an improvement of two places compared with the previous year. As in the previous year, Physical Sciences ranked third nationwide, rising internationally by four places to 28. Heidelberg’s Arts and Humanities are listed 33rd internationally and fifth nationally. In the general Times Higher Education World University Ranking Heidelberg ranks 42nd and is thus one of the Top 50 universities worldwide. Alongside LMU and the Technical University of Munich, it is one of the best three universities in Germany.
The Times Higher Education (THE) criteria of ranking by subject correspond to those of the overall ranking, but are weighted differently for each subject group. The weighting is based on different indicators in the five performance areas of teaching, research, citations, international outlook and income from industry.