The best universities in South Africa for finance, economics and law

Quacquarelli Symonds has published its QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2021, featuring business, economics and legal courses from five local universities, ranked among the best in the world.

The QS rankings identifies which subjects universities are particularly strong at compared to international competitors, looking specifically at academic reputation and research output.

Research citations, along with the results of major global surveys of employers and academics are also used to rank the tertiary institutions.

The University of Cape Town again ranked as the top university among the subjects in business and law, with one exception – where the University of Pretoria ranked top in accounting and finance.

The University of Pretoria performed strongly in all categories where ranked, taking second place below UCT. The university wasn’t ranked for business and management studies.

Overall, South Africa’s universities all generally placed within the top 400 universities in the world in these subjects.

Accounting and Finance
University Rank
University of Pretoria 101-150
University of Cape Town 151-200
University of the Witwatersrand 201-250
Stellenbosch University 251-300
Business and Management Studies
University Rank
University of Cape Town 251-300
Stellenbosch University 301-350
University of the Witwatersrand 451-500
Economics and Econometrics
University Rank
University of Cape Town 201-250
University of Pretoria 251-300
Stellenbosch University 301-350
University of Johannesburg 351-400
University of the Witwatersrand 351-400
Law and Legal Studies
University Rank
University of Cape Town 101-150
University of Pretoria 151-200
Stellenbosch University 201-250
University of the Witwatersrand 201-250

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