The THE subject rankings evaluated universities around the world against 13 performance indicators covering the full range of university activities.
The rise in the arts and humanities world ranking from 58 to 47 was based on performance in areas including research, teaching, international outlook, citations and industry income.
"It is an outstanding achievement for our hardworking arts and humanities scholars to be ranked in the top 50 universities in the world. Similarly outstanding is that our Education scholars are ranked 33 in the world, maintaining their reputation for international excellence," said Professor Ariadne Vromen, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Associate Dean (Research).
"These rankings evaluate the university across a number of indicators and are an important way of benchmarking and reflecting on what we do in comparison with the best universities in the world."
THE's World University Rankings for arts and humanities highlights the universities that are leading across art, performing arts, design, languages, literature, linguistics, history, philosophy, theology, architecture and archaeology subjects.
This year the arts and humanities ranking expanded to include 506 universities, up from 401 in 2018.
The 2019 THE World University Rankings across all subjects were announced in September this year. The University of Sydney was named in the top three domestically, and was one of only six Australian universities to be placed within the top 100. Ranking 59 out of more than 1200 universities, the University moved up two places from 61 in 2018.
The full results of the 2019 THE World University Rankings by subject for arts and humanities is available here.