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Our world university rankings

We’re regularly ranked in the top 50 universities

Our rankings reflect our world-renowned achievements for more than 160 years.

University rankings provide us with important measures of quality and prestige – how the standard of our research and teaching stacks up against other educational institutions worldwide. Each ranking organisation measures institutions in different ways, using different criteria, and different weightings of similar criteria.

We’ve provided a snapshot of our global university rankings below and a brief summary of the key indicators for each. A number of them place us among the top 50 universities in the world.

Find out more about how rankings work and why they are important.

The University of Sydney's ranking Australia World
QS World University Rankings 3 42
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 3 61
US News and World Report rankings 2 34
Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 3 68
CWTS Leiden Rankings 1 30

Current rankings

  • #3 in Australia
  • #42 in the world

The QS rankings measure:

  • academic reputation (40 percent)
  • citations per faculty (20 percent)
  • student-to-faculty ratio (20 percent)
  • employer reputation (10 percent)
  • international faculty ratio and international student ratio
    (5 percent each).

Learn more about our QS rankings.

QS Graduate Employability Rankings

  • #1 in Australia
  • #5 in the world

The QS Employability Rankings show how universities are perceived in the global graduate jobs market, how well-connected to the professional world universities are, and the quality of employment outcomes achieved by graduates.

QS Subject Rankings

QS also highlights the world’s top universities in a range of popular subject areas. These rankings are based on academic reputation and research impact.

  • Sports-related subjects #1 in Australia and #2 in the world
  • Veterinary sciences #1 in Australia and #11 in the world
  • Architecture/built environment #1 in Australia and #16 in the world
  • English language and literature #1 in Australia and #18 in the world
  • Modern languages #1 in Australia and #26 in the world
  • Mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering #1 in Australia and #47 in the world
  • Anatomy and physiology #2 in Australia and #10 in the world
  • Education #2 in Australia and #12 in the world
  • Nursing #2 in Australia and #15 in the world
  • Medicine #2 in Australia and #18 in the world
  • Pharmacy and pharmacology #2 in Australia and #18 in the world
  • Accounting and finance #3 in Australia and #18 in the world
  • Dentistry #3 in Australia and #33 in the world.
  • #3 in Australia
  • #61 in the world

These rankings measure teaching (30 percent), research (30 percent), research citations (30 percent), international outlook and industry income (2.5 percent). Learn more about our latest Times Higher Education rankings.

Times Higher Education Global Subject Rankings

  • Education #2 in Australia and #24 in the world
  • Law #3 in Australia and #33 in the world
  • Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health #2 in Australia and #37 in the world
  • Life Sciences #3 in Australia and #47 in the world
  • Arts and Humanities #3 in Australia and #58 in the world
  • Psychology #5 in Australia and #65 in the world
  • Social Sciences #2 in Australia and #68 in the world
  • Engineering and Technology #6 in Australia and #76 in the world
  • Business and Economics #6 in Australia and #83 in the world
  • Physical Sciences #4 in Australia and #97 in the world
  • Computer Science #5 in Australia and #101-125 in the world

Times Higher Education Global Employability Rankings

  • #1 in NSW, #2 in Australia
  • #48 in the world

Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings

  • #3 in Australia
  • #71-80 in the world

Times Higher Education World's Most International Universities

  • #5 in Australia
  • #36 in the world

Times Higher Education Best Universities in the Asia-Pacific region

  • #4 in Australia
  • #11 in Asia-Pacific
  • #2 in Australia
  • #34 in the world

The US News and World Report Best Global Universities Rankings uses 12 indicators ranging from research reputation and PhD data to statistics about highly-cited papers and international collaboration. Learn more about our latest US News Best Global Universities ranking.

  • #3 in Australia
  • #68 in the world

ARWU measures the number of:

  • alumni winning Nobel prizes and Fields medals (10 percent)
  • staff winning Nobel prizes and Fields medals (20 percent)
  • highly-cited researchers in 21 broad subject categories (20 percent)
  • articles published in the peer-reviewed journals Nature and Science (20 percent)
  • articles in the Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Science Citation Index (20 percent).

It also assesses per capita academic performance of an institution (10 percent). Learn more about our latest ARWU ranking.

Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking
of Academic Subjects

The University has 13 subjects ranked in the world's top 50 and 28 subjects in the top 100.* They include:

  • Transportation science and technology #1 in Australia and 
    #6 in the world
  • Veterinary Sciences #1 in Australia and #21 in the world
  • Nursing #4 in Australia and #25 in the world
  • Education #2 in Australia and #29 in the world
  • Clinical medicine #2 in Australia and #32 in the world
  • Political sciences #2 in Australia and #34 in the world
  • Public health #3 in Australia and #37 in the world
  • Agricultural sciences #3 in Australia and #38 in the world
  • Civil engineering #3 in Australia and #38 in the world
  • Metallurgical engineering #4 in Australia and #39 in the world
  • Telecommunication engineering #3 in Australia and #46 in the world 
  • Human biological sciences #2 in Australia and #49 in the world
  • Communication #2 in Australia and #50 in the world. 

These rankings measure 54 subjects across natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, social sciences and medical sciences. They determine results based on:

  • data on citation impact
  • number of papers published in top journals
  • number of academic staff who have won awards
  • international collaboration on publications
  • total number of publications.

*This is not an exhaustive list of University subject rankings. Learn more about the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

  • #1 in Australia
  • #30 in the world

The Leiden Rankings draw on data from the Web of Science scientific citation index, which analyses the scientific performance of more than 900 major universities from 54 countries.

These rankings focus on the scientific impact of universities, as well as their involvement in scientific collaboration.

Facts & figures

Snapshot of other rankings

  • #1 in Australia Master of Management (1)
  • #1 in Australia Master of Business Administration (2)
  • #2 in Australia Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities (3)
  • #12 in Asia-Pacific Top 20 business schools in Asia-Pacific (4)

1 QS (2018); The Economist (2017); Financial Times (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
2 AFR BOSS Magazine 2017
3 Thomson Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities
4 Financial Times 2017

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