St Petersburg University has entered two Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject: Social Sciences and Business and Economics.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject feature SPbU in 151-175 in Business and Economics, as well as in Social Sciences (sociology, geography, political sciences and others).

The subject tables employ the range of 13 performance indicators brought together with scores provided under five categories: teaching, research, citations, international outlook, and industry income.

In September 2017, SPbU entered the Humanities and Arts ranking (in 126–150).