UNSW - Science

Rankings and Reputation

UNSW has an excellent reputation both in Australia and internationally. We are ranked highly and work hard on strategic partnerships to ensure we offer the very best study experience.


Good Universities Guide 2014 – 5 stars!

UNSW scored the maximum five-star rating for 10 performance indicators in the Good Universities Guide 2014. Three of these measures are about graduate outcomes - getting a job, starting salaries and positive graduate outcomes. UNSW was one of only two Group of 8 (Go8) universities to achieve this top result.

UNSW also achieved five-star ratings for student demand, research grants, research intensity, staff-student ratio, staff qualifications, cultural diversity, and non-government earnings.

The Good Universities Guide, published annually, provides detailed profiles of all Australian universities and other tertiary education providers.

"High-achieving students looking for a university that offers degrees that will prepare them for global career success need look no further than UNSW. The university attracts the highest number of the state’s top 500 high school students (2012 enrolments).” Good Universities Guide 2014



QS Top Universities – 5 more stars and 52nd in the world!

Ranked 52nd in the 2013 QS World University Rankings, UNSW is one of only eight universities in the world to be awarded a 5 Star Plus badge for excellence from the QS Intelligence Unit in 2013. It’s the second time UNSW has achieved the maximum 5 star plus rating, after being the first university in the world to receive the honour in 2012.

UNSW received the highest rating in all eight categories assessed and is joined in the top category by heavyweights such as MIT, Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and Seoul National University.  

The QS ratings system aims to provide institutions with a broader range of criteria that allow them to stand out in their particular areas of excellence. 

Core areas evaluated included teaching, research, employability, internationalisation, facilities, access, innovation, and specialist criteria in social sciences and management.



International Reputation & Networks

Since 1949, we have developed strong partnerships in teaching and research. We are consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the Asia region and a major recipient of competitive research grants from Australian industry and government bodies. UNSW is proud to be a member of the following prestigious groups:

Group of Eight (Go8)

A coalition of 8 leading Australian universities (out of 39 universities nationally), intensive in research and comprehensive in general and professional education.

Universitas 21

An international network of 27 research-intensive universities, working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research-inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting our students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalisation.

Global Alliance of Technological Universities

UNSW is one of only 9 member universities of this network of the world’s top technological universities. The Alliance aims to address global societal issues to which science and technology could be their solution. These issues include biomedicine and health care, sustainability and global environmental change, security of energy, water and food supplies, security, and changing demographics/ population.