World University Rankings

Western Sydney University Rankings

As a world-class university, Western is globally recognised for our research strengths and innovations in teaching. That's why international students from over 70 countries choose to study at Western Sydney University every year.

Overall Rankings

Times Higher Education World University Rankings1

  • Top 2% in the world
  • Top 250 universities globally

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings1

  • Number 6 in Australia among universities under 50 years old
  • Number 34 in the world among universities under 50 years old
Times Higher Education Impact Rankings1
  • Top 1.5% of those ranked
  • 17th in the world of 1115 who received an overall score
  • 3rd in the world for Gender Equality
  • 4th in the world in Reducing Inequality
  • Ranked Top 10 for four SDGs
  • Top 100 for 16 out of the 17 SDGs
  • Improved from top 200 to 17th in the world on Climate Action

QS World University Rankings2

  • Ranked 494 in the world

QS World University Rankings Top 50 Under 502

  • Ranked 61-70 in the world among universities under 50 years old

Top 350 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)3

US News Best Global Universities

  • Top 20 in Australia
  • Top 300 globally

Subject Rankings

Academic Subjects (Shanghai Ranking)1

  • Number 1 in Australia and 13 worldwide in Ecology
  • Top 10 universities in Australia:
    • Agricultural Sciences
    • Automation Control
    • Civil Engineering
    • Nursing
  • Top 75: Agricultural Sciences; Automation and Control; Civil Engineering; Nursing
  • Top 200: Geography; Clinical Medicine
  • Top 300: Atmospheric Science; Mechanical, Electrical & Electronic Engineering; Computer Sciences & Engineering; Public Health; Communication; Education; and Psychology

QS World University Rankings by Subject2

  • Top 100: Nursing; Sociology
  • Top 150: Communication and Media; Linguistics; Sports-related subjects
  • Top 200: Psychology; Agriculture and Forestry; Education; Geography
  • Top 250: English

Times Higher Education Subject Rankings3

  • Top 175: Arts and Humanities; Psychology
  • Top 200: Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health
  • Top 250: Law; Life Sciences; Social Sciences

Excellence in Teaching and Research

QS World University Rankings – Star Audit1

Overall Score: 5 Stars

5 star ranking in these categories:

  • Teaching
  • Employability
  • Internationalisation
  • Facilities
  • Innovation
  • Inclusiveness

4 star ranking in these categories:

  • Research
  • Specialist Criteria: Nursing

2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) National Report

  • 85% of the University's research has been ranked at 'world standard or above'

For more information about our achievements in research, visit Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) or see our Research Concentrations.