Rankings & Reputation

International University Rankings 

UNSW Science has an outstanding global reputation for research excellence, innovation and teaching.  

Our scholars are at the forefront of exciting scientific developments, engaging with industry and communities around the world. With nine schools and more than 250 research fellows, UNSW Science brings together the world’s brightest minds. 

Our consistently high global academic rankings across scientific disciplines reflects the depth and breadth of our teaching and research. 

UNSW Science World Ranking Highlights

Shanghai Rankings 2019

  • Top 50 in Oceanography, Psychology, and Earth Sciences
  • #23 in the world – Oceanography
  • #37 in the world - Psychology
  • #40 in the world – Earth Sciences
  • #51-75 in the world – Ecology
  • #76-100 in the world – Top Australian Maths School
  • #76-100 in the world - Geography
  • #101-150 in the world – Chemistry
  • #101-150 in the world – Biological Sciences

QS World University Rankings 2020

  • #23 in the world – Environmental Sciences  
  • #22 in the world - Psychology  
  • #31 in the world – Earth & Marine Sciences  
  • #42 in the world – Materials Science 
  • #36 in the world – Maths 

Science Global University Rankings

With more than 6,000 students and a 250-strong research community, we regularly rank among the top 100 universities in the world.

Our study programs have been carefully designed to match global career opportunities. That’s why Australia’s top employers prefer graduates from UNSW Australia over any other university, and why we’re ranked 22nd in the world for employer reputation.

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Pioneering Research 

At UNSW Science our culture of collaboration drives innovative discoveries pivotal to our world, health and intellectual life. Our Schools, Centres of Excellence and Research Institutes are recognised for their quality output and outstanding academic performance. 

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Outstanding Global Connections

A truly international university, we’re connected to over 200 partner universities in 39 countries. UNSW is a member of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) in Australia. We’re also in the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), Universitas 21 (U21), and the Global Alliance of Technological Universities (GlobalTech), the only Australian university selected to join.

This network contributes to a flow of international students, researchers, and academics on campus, creating a truly global and diverse learning environment.

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