Science

Rankings: Strong result for Science subjects

Friday, 2 March, 2018
Deborah Smith

UNSW Science has performed strongly in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, with Materials Science placed first in Australia, and Environmental Sciences and Psychology second.

Environmental Sciences increased its position this year by one, to 14th in the world - the highest ranking for a Science subject.

Natural Sciences as a whole at UNSW rose 17 places to 71st in the world and 5th in Australia. And Mathematics made the largest jump within this category, rising 14 places to enter the top 50 at 44th place.

In all, UNSW Science had five subjects in the top 50 in the world: Environmental Sciences (14), Psychology (20), Materials Science (38), Mathematics (44), Earth and Marine Sciences (45).  

Geography jumped eight places to 54th and Chemistry rose two places to 66th.

Overall, UNSW made gains in nearly all five broad subject areas in 2018. It also scored two top 10 subject rankings, Mineral & Mining Engineering in 9th place and Accounting & Finance at number 10.

The University now has 22 subjects in the top 50.

Engineering and Technology subjects continue to perform strongly, with Electrical and Electronic rising 12 places to 36th in the world, and Computer Science & Info Systems, Chemical Engineering and Civil & Structural Engineering all moving up the league table within the top 50.

“This result points to our strong research across broad areas, in line with our position as a leading comprehensive university,” says Professor Nicholas Fisk, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UNSW.

“Additionally, it reflects our strong global reputation among employers and the academic community.”

Now in their eighth year, the QS World University Rankings by Subject is based on analysis of over 22 million papers, producing close to 200 million citations. A total of 1,130 institutions were ranked across 48 subjects in five subject areas.