Rankings: Science shines in world subject rankings

The UNSW Sydney campus
Thursday, 9 March, 2017
UNSW media

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

Environmental Sciences moved up nine places to 15th in the world, and Psychology was ranked 18th. Overall, in its best result to date, UNSW had 23 subjects in the top 50, up from 21 in 2016.

Once again, every subject area within Engineering and Technology was ranked in the world’s top 50. In particular, Mineral and Mining Engineering leapt 11 places to 5th in the world.

Other big movers included the Business School’s Accounting & Finance, up two places to 11th and the highest-ranked Australian university. Along with Psychology (18), two other subjects ranked in the top 20: Law (14), Civil & Structural Engineering (16), with the latter also number one in Australia.

The 2017 rankings feature four new subjects, and UNSW ranked in two of them: Anatomy & Physiology (22) and Sports-related Subjects (23).

This year UNSW features in 37 of the 46 subjects ranked, up from 36 in 2016.

Now in their seventh year, the QS World University Rankings by Subject is based on the expert opinion of almost 75,000 academics and more than 41,000 employers, alongside the analysis of 28.5 million research papers and over 113 million citations sourced from the Scopus/Elsevier bibliometric database.