Global Rankings

Western Sydney Global University Rankings

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

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

  • Top 2% in the world
  • In world's top 500 universities
  • Number 79 in the world among universities under 50 years old
  • Number 69 in Asia-Pacific

For more information, visit the Western Sydney University page on the Times Higher Education website.

Academic Ranking of World Universities: Top 400

Western Sydney University has been named one of the world's top 400 universities in the prestigious Shanghai Ranking's Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.


2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) subject rankings

Top 100

Top 200

Top 300

Top 400

QS World University Rankings – star audit

5 star ranking

  • Facilities
  • Inclusiveness
  • Innovation
  • Teaching

4 star ranking

  • Employability
  • Internationalisation
  • Research

QS World University Rankings - subject areas

Top 100

Top 150

Top 200

Top 250

Top 300

Top 350

Top 450

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) - Rankings by Subject 2017

1st in Australia

4th in the World

Leiden Rankings

Western Sydney University is ranked:

2nd in Australia

2nd in Australia and 36th in the World

3rd in Australia

12th in Australia and 253rd in the World

13th in Australia and 272nd in the World

Research ranked at world class or better

80% of the University's assessed research has been ranked at world class or better in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) national report.
For more information, visit Research Concentrations.


Research areas ranked as "well above world standard" are: 
Applied Mathematics, Ecological Applications, Soil Sciences, Ecology, Plant Biology, Forestry Sciences, Materials Engineering, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Oncology and Carcinogenesis, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cultural Studies. 


Research areas ranked as "above world standard" are:
Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry, Microbiology, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nursing, Public Health and Health Services, Human Geography, Psychology, Linguistics, Historical Studies.


Research areas ranked as "world standard" are: 
Specialist Studies in Education, Building, Communication and Media Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Criminology, Other Studies in Human Society, Religion and Religious Studies, Sociology, Literary Studies, Performing Arts and Creative Writing.


Ranked among top 20 of Australian universities

For achievements in the prestigious Australian Research Council major grants.