Our subjects excel in QS Subject Rankings

8 March 2017

The 2017 QS Subject Rankings rate three arts, humanities and social sciences subjects among the world’s best, with education, archaeology, and English language and literature in the global top 20.

“It’s an exciting time for the arts and social sciences at Sydney,” said Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor Annamarie Jagose.

“We are pleased to retain our ranking as fifteenth best among the world’s top universities in arts and humanities. And to be number one in Australia for English language and literature, number two in Australia for archaeology and number eleven globally for education.

“It is also great to see the positive spikes in performance in communications and media, modern languages and sociology and social policy.

“These results reflect the excellence and dedication of our outstanding teachers, researchers and students across the broad scope of subject areas represented in our newly expanded faculty,” said Professor Jagose.

Several subjects at the University of Sydney have been ranked Australia’s best.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Garton said the results were an outstanding achievement and cemented our place in the top one per cent of universities in the world.

“The breadth and depth of disciplines at Sydney is unparalleled in Australia and we are proud that so many of them have been recognised for their quality internationally.

“We are thrilled to be number one in the world in the new category of sports-related subjects, (which encompasses physical therapy, sports therapy and rehabilitation) and among the best for many other medicine, health and humanities related subjects.

“These results cement our place as one of the best places to study and conduct research in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.”

Professor Garton said the University would continue to strive for excellence, with a bold plan to transform the undergraduate experience and an unprecedented investment in research (a tripling of our current investment), including new funding programs to support researchers to test new ideas and world-class facilities in which to conduct research.  

“We aspire to be the best education and research institution in Australia and among the best in the world,” Professor Garton said, adding that Sydney is already home to some of the world’s best and brightest students and researchers.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject have been published annually since 2011. The rankings score the world’s universities on their reputations with employers and academics, alongside their H-index and the number of citations per research paper.

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