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Our world university rankings

We’re regularly ranked in the world’s top 50 universities
Our excellence in research and teaching makes the University of Sydney one of the top universities in Australia and highly ranked among the best universities in the world.

We excel across an incredible breadth and depth of subjects and disciplines, from arts to architecture, engineering to education, geography to technology. 

QS world rankings

Other world rankings that really matter

We are ranked in the top 80 for four of the other most credible and influential world university rankings.

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in Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings 2020

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27

in US News & World Report Rankings 2020

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51

in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

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74

in Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2020

Rankings where we are number 1 in Australia

A to Z snapshot of our subject rankings

We are ranked in the world's top 50 universities for more than 35 subjects.

Subject Australia World Rankings source
Accounting and finance 3 22 QS 2020
Archaeology 2 31 QS 2020
Architecture and the built environment
2 18= QS 2020
Agricultural sciences 2 32 US News and World Report
Anatomy and physiology 4 28 QS 2020
Arts and humanities 1 14 US News and World Report
Business and management studies 3 41= QS 2020
Clinical medicine 2 27 ARWU 2020
Communication and media studies 2 21 QS 2020
Education 3 20 QS 2020
Engineering – civil and structural 2 14 QS 2020
English language and literature 2 20= QS 2020
Geography 2 15 QS 2020
History 3 28 QS 2020
History, philosophy and theology 2 41 THE 2020
Law 2 13 QS 2020
Life sciences 4 57 THE 2020
Medicine 2 18 QS 2020
Metallurgical engineering 4 46 ARWU 2020
Nursing 2 13 QS 2020
Oncology 1 7 US News and World Report
Performing arts
1 15 QS 2020
Pharmacy and pharmacology 2 24= QS 2020
Psychology 4 27 QS 2020
Public health 3 35 ARWU 2020
Social policy and administration
3 29 QS 2020
Social sciences and management 2 25= QS 2020
Space science 2 40 US News and World Report
Sports-related subjects 2 4 QS 2020
Surgery 1 33 US News and World Report
Telecommunication engineering 2 30 ARWU 2020
Transportation science and technology 1 16 ARWU 2020
Veterinary sciences 1 12 QS 2020

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