Massachusetts Institute of Technology is ranked No. 1 for physics in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2011, followed by Harvard University in 2nd place worldwide and California Institute of Technology in 3rd place worldwide.

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit√§t (LMU) M√ľnchen is the best German university in Physics, rated 25th worldwide, according to the Shanghai academic ranking of world universities by subject.

The criteria taken into account for the ranking include: publications in international science magazines (weighted 40 percent), researchers awarded with a Nobel Prize or Fields medal (30 percent), most frequently quoted scientists (20 percent), and research achievement in relation to an institution's size (10 percent).

ARWU ranking of top universities in Physics (top 40 list):
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2 Harvard University
3 California Institute of Technology
4 Princeton University
5 University of California, Berkeley
6 Stanford University
7 The University of Tokyo
8 University of Cambridge
9 University of Chicago
10 Cornell University
11 University of California, Santa Barbara
12 University of Colorado at Boulder
13 The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
14 The University of Manchester
15 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
16 Columbia University
17 University of Pennsylvania
18 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
18 University of Maryland, College Park
20 University of Paris Sud (Paris 11)
21 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
22 University of California, San Diego
23 University of Wisconsin - Madison
24 University of California, Los Angeles
25 University of Munich
26 The Ohio State University - Columbus
27 University of California, Santa Cruz
28 University of Oxford
28 University of Washington
30 Kyoto University
31 Ecole Normale Superieure - Paris
32 University of Massachusetts Amherst
33 The Johns Hopkins University
33 The University of Texas at Austin
35 University of Arizona
36 Pennsylvania State University - University Park
37 University College London
38 University of California, Irvine
39 University of Durham
40 Tohoku University

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek