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QS subject rankings reflect breadth of Sydney expertise

4 March 2020
31 subjects ranked in the top 50 globally

The QS 2020 Subject Rankings has rated 31 University of Sydney subjects in the top 50 globally, up from 30 in 2019.

Sport, which encompasses physical therapy, sports therapy and rehabilitation, was ranked fourth in the world, while veterinary science placed 12th.

Other high-performing subjects include: law (13th), nursing (13th), civil and structural engineering (14th), performing arts (15th), geography (15th), medicine (18th) and architecture and built environment (=18th).

Key improvements in this year’s rankings include performing arts, which jumped 13 places and is now ranked 1st in Australia, and civil and structural engineering, which moved up six places. Both are now in the top 20 globally.

Natural sciences, mathematics and linguistics also made notable improvements.

The University of Sydney’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence said the results reflect the vast breadth of Sydney’s expertise, as well as the quality and impact of our research.

Since its inception more than 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has been a global leader in research excellence.
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence

“Historically, our research has been integral to the global decline in smoking, helped develop new technology to address sleep apnoea and promoted gender equality in our workplaces, including in our military.  

“Today, our research is aiding Microsoft with the development of a new era of quantum machines, turning plastic waste into an asset, and securing justice for victims of sexual abuse.”

Dr Spence added that the results also reflected the high-calibre of teaching at the University, with graduates held in high-esteem with employers, with notable alumni recently launching a face mask to protect against air pollution, cracking the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list and empowering women entrepreneurs to provide clean energy to neglected communities in India and Nepal.

The QS Subject Rankings score universities around the world on their reputation with academics and employers. It also measures their H-index as an institution (the H-index is a metric that attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of a publication) and citations per research paper. 

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