Rankings: Psychology in world top 10

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013

UNSW Science has shot up in the QS World University Rankings, with psychology in the world’s top 10 and materials science ranked the highest in Australia.

Overall, UNSW Science had five subjects listed in the world’s top 50, including maths, geography, and chemistry.

Psychology moved up 18 places to number 10, the highest ranking for any UNSW subject.

Materials science came in at 25, up from 28 last year. Maths moved to 39, a jump of five places. Geography was ranked at 47 and chemistry at 50.

Along with psychology, UNSW has four other subjects in the world’s top 20: accounting and finance (12), law (12), civil and structural engineering (15) - the second highest ranking in the country – and education (19).

Of the 30 subjects covered in the 2013 rankings, UNSW has 19 in the world’s top 50.

For the full results go to the QS website.

Professor Mark Hoffman, Acting Vice-Chancellor, said UNSW's results are a "fantastic achievement that reflect the University’s upward trajectory in its international reputation”.

“It’s a testament to the talent and dedication of our staff and graduates who should be rightly proud of their success,” Professor Hoffman said.

Five Australian universities made the global top 10 with the University of Melbourne leading the way.

Now in its third year, the subject rankings are based on 70,000 surveys, research citations and a research impact measure.

Contact: Denise Knight, UNSW Media Office, 0405 207 685

UNSW Science: Deborah Smith, 9385 7307, 0478 492 060,