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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) Impact Rankings 2021

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27

in US News & World Report Rankings 2021

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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 21 QS 2021
Archaeology 2 40 QS 2021
Architecture and the built environment
1 21 QS 2021
Agricultural sciences 3 34 US News and World Report
Anatomy and physiology 3 28 QS 2021
Arts and humanities 1 11 US News and World Report
Business and management studies 3 43 QS 2021
Clinical medicine 1 23 US News and World Report
Communication and media studies 2 22 QS 2021
Education 3 25 QS 2021
Engineering – civil and structural 2 14 QS 2021
English language and literature 1 18 QS 2021
Geography 3 21 QS 2021
History 2 22 QS 2021
History, philosophy and theology 2 41 THE 2020
Law 3 14 QS 2021
Life sciences 4 57 THE 2020
Medicine 2 19 QS 2021
Metallurgical engineering 4 46 ARWU 2020
Nursing 2 13 QS 2021
Oncology 1 8 US News and World Report
Performing arts
2 30 QS 2021
Pharmacy and pharmacology 2 13 QS 2021
Psychology 4 30 QS 2021
Public health 3 35 ARWU 2020
Social policy and administration
3 33 QS 2021
Sociology 3 26 QS 2021
Space science 2 39 US News and World Report
Sports-related subjects 1 3 QS 2021
Surgery 1 39 US News and World Report
Telecommunication engineering 2 30 ARWU 2020
Transportation science and technology 1 16 ARWU 2020
Veterinary sciences 1 16 QS 2021

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