QS Rankings by Subject 2024 released

The 2024 QS World University Rankings by Subject have reconfirmed Australia’s position as a world leading study destination, with nine Australian universities ranked in the top 10 globally across 17 different subject areas.

18 April 2024

What are the QS World University Rankings by Subject?

Global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds have now released the 2024 QS World University Rankings by Subject. 

This year’s rankings provide an independent analysis of more than 16,400 university programs offered by more than 1,500 universities located across 95 countries and territories. 

The programs analysed for the 2024 rankings cover 56 different ‘subjects’ (areas of study) in five broad faculty categories: Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences and Management. 

How did Australia perform in the 2024 Subject Rankings?

Overall, nine Australian universities featured in the world’s top 10 rankings across 17 different subjects (study areas), three more than last year. 

Four Australian universities are in the top 10 universities worldwide for having the most top 100 entries across all study areas.

Within that top 10 list, two Australian universities beat all other universities worldwide with their number of top 100 rankings across the entire 56 subjects (areas of study) analysed: The University of Melbourne (53 study areas) and The University of Sydney (52 study areas).  

Three other Australian universities ranked in the top two globally for individual study areas: Curtin University (Engineering – Mineral and Mining); Monash University (Pharmacy and Pharmacology) and The University of Queensland (Sports-related subjects). 

Monash University also featured in the top 100 globally across 45 different study areas, while The University of Queensland featured in the top 100 for 43 study areas.

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024: Australian Universities in World's Top 10 with UQ for sports,, Monash for pharmacology and Curtain University for engineering as top 3

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