QS Rankings show NZ's universities rating well globally

All eight of New Zealand's universities are ranked in the top 3 per cent globally, and are in the top 50 in 32 subject areas.


The 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject* confirms what our best universities have been saying – students like you have access to world class teaching and learning across our universities.

NZ's universities placed in the Top 50 institutions for 32 subjects, four more than in 2017. Of those, 18 were scored by the University of Auckland which had 40 disciplines ranked. The University of Otago was ranked across 33 subjects and Victoria 31.

Globally, Harvard University is again the dominant institution, ranking number-one for 14 subjects. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology follows closely behind with 12 number-one departments.

Notable results

The University of Auckland

  • 10th in the world for Archaeology
  • 17th in the world for Education
  • 18th in the world for Anatomy and Physiology
  • 28th in the world for Arts
  • 29th in the world for Law and Geography

University of Otago

  • 12th in the world for Physical Education
  • 27th in the world for Dentistry
  • 29th in the world for Anatomy and Physiology
  • 39th in the world for Developmental Studies

University of Waikato 

Victoria University of Wellington

  • 28th in world for Hospitality and Leisure Management
  • 38th in world for Law
  • 40th in world for Library and Information Management
  • Top 1% in the world for 17 subjects and Top 2% of universities overall

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) 

  • 35th in world in Hospitality and Leisure Management
  • 42nd in world in Sports-related Subjects.

University of Canterbury 

  • Top 51-100 in Civil Engineering and Geography,

Massey University 

  • 22nd in world for Agriculture and Forestry
  • 23rd in world for Veterinary Science
  • Top 51-100 in Art & Design and Development Studies.

Lincoln University 

  • 44th in world for Agriculture & Forestry


How the Australian universities went on the QS Rankings (clue: good)

Best ranked medical schools globally

Best ranked Natural Sciences universities

Best ranked universities for Arts and Humanities

Best ranked universities for Engineering and Technology (yes, MIT wins again)

*The rankings survey are compiled from survey responses from more than 170,000 academics and 158,000 employers worldwide. A total of 1130 institutions were ranked across 48 subjects in five subject areas.