Australian unis excel in QS World University Rankings

Australian unis excel in QS World University Rankings

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Australian unis have achieved impressive results in the QS World University Rankings 2014/15, with eight universities featuring in the global top 100 — recognised for their research, teaching, employability and international outlook.

The QS rankings have been published annually since 2004 and comprise a series of league tables, comparing more than 800 global universities across categories such as academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty–student ratio, citations per faculty, international student ratio and international staff ratio.

QS World University Rankings 2014/15

Top 10 Australian universities

  • Australian National University — 25
  • University of Melbourne — 33
  • University of Sydney — 37
  • University of Queensland— 43
  • University of New South Wales— 48
  • Monash University — 70
  • University of Western Australia — 80
  • University of Adelaide — 100
  • Macquarie University — 254
  • University of Newcastle — 257

See QS World University Rankings 2014/15 to view the full list of global universities.

QS World University Rankings by Subject

Each year, the QS World University Rankings also feature a ‘by Subject’ rating. This provides a comprehensive guide to the world’s top universities in a range of popular study areas, including arts and humanities, engineering and technology, life sciences and medicine, natural science, and social sciences and management.

Australian unis once again outperformed international counterparts, with many featured in the global top 100 across the subject areas.

Arts and humanities

  • Australian National University (ANU) — 10
  • University of Sydney — 21
  • University of Melbourne — 24
  • Monash University — 43
  • University of New South Wales (UNSW) — 51
  • University of Queensland (UQ) — 59
  • University of Adelaide — 76

Engineering and technology

  • University of Melbourne — 23
  • UNSW — 27
  • University of Sydney — 44
  • Australian National University — 49
  • Monash University — 54
  • UQ — 54

Life sciences and medicine

  • University of Melbourne — 17
  • University of Sydney — 19
  • UQ — 33
  • Monash University — 45
  • UNSW — 47
  • University of Western Australia (UWA) — 62
  • University of Adelaide — 86
  • ANU — 93

Natural science

  • ANU — 29
  • University of Melbourne — 39
  • University of Sydney — 47
  • UQ — 81

Social sciences and management

  • ANU — 13
  • University of Melbourne — 18
  • UNSW — 20
  • University of Sydney — 23
  • UQ — 31
  • Monash University — 40
  • University of Adelaide — 75

See QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014 to view the full set of league tables, including individual subject areas across the five main faculties.

How can rankings and ratings help you make study decisions?

If you are currently researching your study options, university rankings provide a useful base for comparison, showing you each university’s strengths and how it rates on a global scale.

Remember that you can also use our Ratings and rankings to compare universities on criteria such as access and equity, the make-up of the student body, the educational experience and graduate outcomes. The fields of study section is an additional resource, giving you insight into each study area and how recent graduates have fared in the job market.

Just keep in mind that rankings and ratings do not always provide a full picture of the institution. Think of them as one of the tools to use when exploring your study options. It is still important to conduct careful research to see which university is the best fit for you. Don’t forget to visit uni websites, attend open days, education expos and industry events, and chat to your teachers, friends and family.

A university that ranks exceptionally may not be the best for your needs — whether economically or in its ability to provide the educational experience you are seeking. Conducting thorough research will ensure you choose the university that’s right for you.

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