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Our world university rankings

The University of Sydney is ranked as one of the best universities in Australia and the world
Ranked 18th in the world overall and 1st in Australia in a wide range of disciplines, our excellence in research, teaching and sustainability makes us one of the top universities in Australia.

In addition to our #1 rankings in sustainability, social impact and impact of education, we excel across an incredible breadth and depth of disciplines, from arts to architecture, engineering to education, geography to technology, and business. 

18th in the world

QS University World Rankings 2025

1st in Australia

for sustainability: QS Sustainability Rankings 2024

2nd in Australia

QS University World Rankings 2025

Our firsts

#1 ranked disciplines

Discipline Australia World Ranking source
Anatomy and physiology 1 6 QS 2024
Arts and humanities 1 12 US News and World Report
Classics and ancient history 1 =34 QS 2024
Clinical medicine 1 20 US News and World Report
English language and literature 1 =19 QS 2024
History of art =1 21-40 QS 2024
Nursing 1 =14 QS 2024
Oncology 1 13 US News and World Report
Performing arts =1 51-100 QS 2024
Statistics and operational research 1 51-100 QS 2024
Surgery 1 41 US News and World Report
Telecommunication engineering 1 10 ShanghaiRanking 2023
Transportation science and technology 1 10 ShanghaiRanking 2023
Veterinary science 1 26 QS 2024

#1 ranked courses

Course Australia World Ranking source
Full-Time MBA 1 63 Financial Times MBA Rankings 2024
Master of International Business 1 21 QS International Trade Rankings 2024: MBA and Master's
Master of Management 1 25 QS Business Master's Rankings 2024: Management



More rankings that matter

We are also highly ranked in some of the most credible and influential world university rankings.

28th for research excellence

US News & World Report Rankings 2023

More top disciplines

We are ranked in the world's top 50 universities for more than 30 disciplines.

Discipline Australia World Ranking source
Arts and humanities 1 12 US News and World Report
Archaeology 2 31 QS 2024
Anthropology 3 27 QS 2024
Classics and ancient history 1 =34 QS 2024
Education 3 21 THE World University Rankings by Subject 2024
English language and literature 1 =19 QS 2024
History 3 =37 QS 2024
History of art =1 21-40 QS 2024
Linguistics 3 =43 QS 2024
Modern languages 2 =31 QS 2024
Philosophy 2 21 QS 2024
Politics and international studies 2 35 QS 2024
Social policy and administration
3 32 QS 2024
Sociology 3 =29 QS 2024
Theology, divinity and religious Studies 2 38 QS 2024
Discipline Australia World Ranking source
Accounting and finance 3 28 QS 2024
Business administration 2 10 ShanghaiRanking 2023
Law 3 16 QS 2024
Discipline Australia World Ranking source
Clinical medicine 1 20 US News and World Report
Dentistry 4 48 QS 2024
Medicine 2 26 QS 2024
Nursing 1 =14 QS 2024
Oncology 1 13 US News and World Report
Pharmacy and pharmacology 2 20 QS 2024
Public health 2 18 ShanghaiRanking 2023
Surgery 1 41 US News and World Report
Discipline Australia World Rankings source
Agricultural sciences 3 32 US News and World Report
Anatomy and physiology 1 6 QS 2024
Geography 3 21 QS 2024
Psychology 3 =31 QS 2024
Sports-related subjects 2 4 QS 2024
Transportation science and technology 1 10 ShanghaiRanking 2023
Veterinary sciences 1 26 QS 2024
Discipline Australia World Rankings source
Architecture and the built environment
3 27 QS 2024
Engineering – civil and structural 2 =23 QS 2024
Computer science and engineering 2 25 ShanghaiRanking 2023
Metallurgical engineering 2 35 ShanghaiRanking 2023
Telecommunication engineering 1 10 ShanghaiRanking 2023

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