Humanities and medicine excel in QS Subject Rankings

The University of Sydney has performed strongly in the 2023 QS World University Rankings by Subject, with seven disciplines ranked in the global top 20 and 30 in the top 50.

The rankings also put the University first in Australia in seven disciplines.

The annual QS subject rankings cover 54 disciplines within five broad subject areas: Arts and Humanities; Engineering and Technology; Life Sciences and Medicine; Natural Sciences; and Social Sciences and Management.

The University of Sydney has this year ranked first equal in Australia in Arts and Humanities, also our top ranked subject area internationally.

Among the disciplines assessed, sports-related subjects (including physical therapy, sports therapy and rehabilitation) are once again the University’s top performing area, ranking fourth in the world.

Three of our Life Sciences and Medicine disciplines also feature in the world’s top 20: Anatomy and Physiology is in 13th place, as is Nursing, with Pharmacy and Pharmacology coming in at 16th place. Life Sciences and Medicine is the University’s second highest ranked broad subject area, placing 25th globally.

Other disciplines in the world’s top 20 are: Law (16th), English Language and Literature (18th), and Civil and Structural Engineering (20th).

In Australia the University ranked first in: Classics and Ancient History, English Language and Literature, Performing Arts (first equal), Anatomy and Physiology, Nursing, Veterinary Science, and Statistics and Operational Research (first equal).

University of Sydney Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Emma Johnston said these results highlight the breadth of disciplines in which the University has a well-established performance in both teaching and research.

“We’re delighted that we continue to excel in a range of disciplines,” Professor Johnston said. “Not only do we have 30 subjects in the top 50 globally, 48 of the University of Sydney disciplines assessed are in the world’s top 100.

“This shows our students that, no matter what line of study they pursue at the University, they will be assured of receiving an education that holds them in good stead in Australia and internationally.

“The results also highlight our far-reaching research prowess, making the University an attractive partner for governments and businesses wishing to address pressing issues.”

Success in some of the University’s top-ranked areas include:

“Our graduates continue to be among the most employable in the world and our research creates partnerships and spinoff businesses which fuel success well beyond our campuses,” Professor Johnston said.

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