University of Sydney rises in QS subject rankings

In the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject, the University of Sydney has nine subjects in the top 20 and 28 subjects in the top 50 globally.

This year’s QS subject rankings cover 51 specific subjects, as well as five broad subject areas: Engineering & Technology, Arts & Humanities, Life Sciences & Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences & Management. Universities are evaluated using a range of research metrics, as well as the results of the QS Global Academic and Employer Surveys.

Sports-related Subjects (which includes physical therapy, sports therapy and rehabilitation) remains the University of Sydney’s best performing subject, ranking fourth in the world.

Anatomy & Physiology moves to 12th position from 28th, our greatest improvement at a subject level.

Other subjects ranking in the top 20 include Nursing (12th), Pharmacy & Pharmacology (14th), Law (16th), Engineering – Civil & Structural (17th), Medicine (18th), English Language & Literature (18th) and Geography (20th).

The University of Sydney’s ranking in all five broad subject areas also increased. Life Sciences & Medicine (19th) is our strongest field, while Engineering & Technology moves up 20 positions to 45th position. Employer reputation scores are also higher in all five broad subject areas.

Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Mark Scott, said the results demonstrate the breadth and quality of the University of Sydney’s research and education.

“Our researchers have dedicated their careers to understanding and solving the world’s greatest problems. Since the start of the pandemic this has included vital research on a wide range of related areas, from determining the origins of the virus and mapping its trajectory, to mental health impacts, vaccine hesitancy, and more.

“Beyond the pandemic, academics from across our faculties are at the forefront of human discovery and innovation, conducting research that ignites interest from industry and influences public policy.”

Academics from across our faculties are at the forefront of human discovery and innovation, conducting research that ignites interest from industry and influences public policy
Professor Mark Scott, Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Recently three University of Sydney researchers were awarded top honours in the 2021 Prime Minister’s Prizes for ScienceProfessor Edward Holmes for his role in the scientific response to COVID-19, Associate Professor Michael Bowen for his work combatting addiction and Professor Tony Weiss for breakthroughs in healing tissues and organs.

Other developments led by our researchers over the past year include:

“Employers also understand that our graduates make exceptional employees, and bring a wide range of valuable knowledge, skills and experience with them into the workforce,” Professor Scott said.

“Our teaching academic and support staff have worked incredibly hard throughout the pandemic to continue to deliver a world class educational experience for our students, as these results demonstrate.”