Five disciplines continue in global top 50 in THE rankings

26 October 2023
THE World University Rankings by Subject 2024
University of Sydney disciplines continue to rank highly in the latest THE World University Rankings by Subject. 

The University of Sydney continues to excel with five subjects in the top 50 globally in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject 2024.  

The five disciplines areas ranked in the top 50 globally are Education (21), Clinical and Health (38), Arts and Humanities (40), Law (40) and Life Sciences (46). These subjects were also in the global top 50 last year.

Six more discipline areas ranked in the top 100 globally: Social Sciences (51) Psychology (56) Engineering (68), Business and Economics (70), Computer Science (77) and Physical Sciences (82).   

The THE World University Rankings by Subject 2024 judge research intensive universities across teaching, research environment, research quality, international outlook and industry by considering factors such as citations, industry income and learning environment.

The 2024 edition of THE World University Rankings by Subject has significantly updated its ranking methodology since last year by adding extra performance indicators to reflect the outputs of the diverse range of research-intensive universities across the world.

“I applaud the efforts of our staff for the continued excellence of our Times Higher Education ranking results. They demonstrate the success of our commitment to teaching quality and to research and engagement that change lives for the better. The outstanding global performance of our education discipline is noteworthy,” said Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Mark Scott.   

“Our landmark $478 investment in the Sydney Biomedical Accelerator, which will open next year and be at the forefront of biomedical research, is powerful evidence of our dedication to research and teaching impact.”  

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Emma Johnston commented, “Our international competitiveness in such a diversity of disciplines, including medicine, humanities, law, science, engineering and business underlines the impressive breadth, together with quality and impact, of our research.”

“The range is evident from recent University of Sydney-led research on areas such as: the benefits of a victim-centred approach to domestic violence prosecutions, opioids being no more effective than placebos for neck and back pain, how after school care boosts children’s social wellbeinghow Ukrainian volunteers have reshaped the relationship between state and citizens, the impact of unemployment and underemployment on suicide rates in Australia, a non-toxic method to stop mice devouring wheat crops and the mapping of new sources of Australian lithium.” 

In other rankings results this year, the University jumped 22 places in the highly regarded 2024 QS World University Rankings and is now placed equal 19th globally.   

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