World Rankings

World rankings

The University of Adelaide is consistently ranked in the top 1% of the world’s universities. We are recognised globally as a leading research university.

This is measured by the best-known world university ranking methodologies available – Times Higher Education, QS World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

  • 108 in QS World University Rankings

    The University of Adelaide ranked 108 in the 2022 QS World University Rankings.

    Adelaide is the only university in South Australia ranked inside the top 250. Published annually, the QS World University Rankings provides an index of the world’s leading higher education institutions based on six performance indicators. The ranking features 1,011 universities in 85 countries.

  • 111 in Times Higher Education world university rankings

    The University of Adelaide ranked 111 in the 2022 Times Higher Education world university rankings.

    The Times Higher Education world university rankings lists the best global universities as judged across all of their core missions – teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

  • 133 in Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU)

    The University of Adelaide ranked 133 in the 2021 ARWU (Shanghai Jiao Tong).

    Universities are ranked by several indicators of academic or research performance, including alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers, papers published in Nature and Science, papers indexed in major citation indices, and the per capita academic performance of an institution.

    Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Ranking 221 211 182 169 139 139 139 137 152 133
  • 73 for US News Best Global Universities (2021 ranking)

    The 2021 US News Best Global Universities rankings are based on data and metrics provided by Clarivate, a research and analytics firm.

    The University of Adelaide ranked 73rd in the 2021 US News Best Global Universities.

  • 100% of research sub-fields assessed as world standard or above in Excellence in Research Australia 2018 results

    The University of Adelaide is known for high impact research that contributes to world challenges and delivers economic and social benefit. The high quality of the University’s research is recognised in the latest round of Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) results conducted by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

    For more information on our ERA results, visit our research website.

  • Top 100 in 16 academic subjects measured by 2021 Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU)

    The University of Adelaide has cemented its position as one of the leading universities in Australia, with 16 subject areas ranked in the global top 100 of the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

    These subjects include:

    • Electrical – Electronic Engineering
    • Dentistry and Oral Sciences
    • Mining and Mineral Engineering
    • Computer Science and Engineering
    • Instruments Science Technology
    • Automation and Control
    • Civil Engineering
    • Water Resources
    • Agricultural Sciences
    • Earth Sciences
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Veterinary Sciences
    • Energy Science and Engineering
    • Nursing
    • Nano Science and Technology 
    • Clinical Medicine

    From this list, we were the top ranked South Australian university in 15 subjects. We are also Australia’s #1 university for Dentistry.

    Globally, we ranked in the Top 10 for Mining and Mineral Engineering (7th) and in the Top 50 for another six subject areas: Automation and Control (25th), Water Resources (31st), Civil Engineering (35th), Agricultural Sciences (42nd), Dentistry and Oral Sciences (44th) and Computer Science & Engineering (48th)

    These rankings underpin the digital ecosystem we are creating as part of the Lot 14 redevelopment.

  • Top 100 in 15 academic subjects measured by 2021 QS World University Rankings

    The University of Adelaide ranked in the top 100 in the world by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 for 15 academic subjects:

    • Petroleum Engineering
    • Mineral & Mining Engineering
    • Dentistry
    • Veterinary Science
    • Agriculture & Forestry
    • Pharmacy & Pharmacology
    • Accounting & Finance
    • Computer Science & Information Systems
    • Civil & Structural Engineering
    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Nursing
    • Earth & Marine Sciences
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
    • Development Studies

     

    In four of those fields we are in the top 50; petroleum engineering (11th in the world), mineral and mining engineering (24th in the world), dentistry (34th in the world) and veterinary science (49th in the world).

    See the full media release.