Why choose Western Sydney University?


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.

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World rankings

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Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Western Sydney University has been ranked:
  • Top 2% in the world
  • In world's top 400 universities
  • Ranked 71 in the world among universities under 50 years old
  • Number 70 in Asia-Pacific

Rank by subject:

Top 200
Law

Top 250
Arts and Humanities
Education

Top 300
Life Sciences
Pre-Clinical, Clinical and Health
Psychology 
Social Sciences

Top 400
Business and Economics

Top 500
Computer Science
Engineering and Technology

For more information, visit the Western Sydney University page on the Times Higher Education website.(opens in a new window)
Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic World Ranking of Universities

Academic Ranking of World Universities

Western Sydney University is ranked 412 in the prestigious Shanghai Ranking's Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2017.

Find out more in our announcement or on the ARWU website. (opens in a new window)

2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) subject rankings

Top 50
Ecology
Nursing

Top 75
Agricultural Sciences
Civil Engineering
Education

Top 150
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Psychology

Top 200
Communication
Hospitality & Tourism
Sociology

Top 300
Public Health

Top 400
Business Administration
Clinical Medicine
Environmental Sciences & Engineering
Management
Political Sciences

QS World University Rankings

  • Top 2% in the world
  • In world's top 500 universities
  • Ranked 71-80 in the world among universities under 50 years old

QS Stars University Ratings

5/5 stars - indicating that Western is well above world standard
5 Stars Overall
  • Employability
  • Facilities
  • Inclusiveness
  • Innovation
  • Internationalisation
  • Teaching
4/5 stars - indicating that Western is well above world standard
 4 Stars 
  • Research
  • Specialist Criteria (Nursing)

QS World University Rankings by subject

Top 100

Nursing
Communications & Media Studies
Sociology

Top 150

Linguistics
Agriculture & Forestry
Psychology
Education

Top 200

Geography

Top 250

English Language & Literature

Top 300

Medicine
Accounting & Finance
Law

Top 400

Computer Science & Information Systems

Top 450

Business & Management Studies

Top 500

Engineering – Electrical & Electronic
Biological Sciences

Faculties

Arts & Humanities #261 
Life Sciences & Medicine #383 
Social Sciences & Management #304
Engineering & Technology 451 -500


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

1st in Australia
Nursing

4th in the World
Nursing

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Leiden Rankings

Western Sydney University is ranked:
  • 2nd in Australia
    Research Collaboration
  • 10th in Australia
    International Research Collaboration
  • 1st in Australia
    Life and Earth Sciences International Research Collaboration
  • 1st in Australia
    Physical Sciences and Engineering Research Collaboration
  • 3rd in Australia
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Impact (top 10% most frequenlty cited)
  • 5th in Australia
    Mathematics and Computer Sciences Research Impact (top 1% frequently cited)
  • 5th in Australia
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Collaboration
  • 5th in Australia
    Social Sciences and Humanities International Research Collaboration
  • 6th in Australia
    Biomedical and Health Sciences Research Collaboration
  • 7th in Australia
    Physical Sciences and Engineering International Research Collaboration

Research Rankings

Research ranked at world class or better

85% of the University's assessed research has been ranked at world class or better in the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation.

ERA is a nationwide assessment of Australia's research performance which highlights national research strengths in disciplines of critical economic and social importance. For the purpose of ERA, research disciplines are assessed in two-digit and four digit classifications, with two-digit fields the broadest disciplinary classification.

At the two-digit discipline level, ERA assessed 90% of Western’s research at ‘world standard or above’.

Research Concentrations.

 

Research areas ranked as "well above world standard" are:

Two-digit Fields of Research: Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences; Biological Sciences; and Environmental Sciences.

Four-digit Fields of Research: Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Cultural Studies; Ecology; Ecological Applications; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Evolutionary Biology; Forestry Sciences; Microbiology; Nursing; Oncology and Carcinogenesis; Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Plant Biology; Soil Sciences; and Zoology.

 

Research areas ranked as "above world standard" are:

Two-digit Fields of Research: Language, Communication and Culture; Mathematical Sciences; Medical and Health Sciences; and Psychology and Cognitive Sciences

Four-digit Fields of Research: Applied Mathematics; Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Communication and Media Studies; Environmental Science and Management; Human Geography; Human Movement and Sports Science; Linguistics; Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry; Materials Engineering; Performing Arts and Creative Writing; Psychology; Pure Mathematics; Sociology; and Statistics.

 

Research areas ranked as "world standard" are:

Two-digit Fields of Research: Built Environment and Design; Chemical Sciences; Education; Engineering; History and Archaeology; Information and Computing Sciences; Law and Legal Studies; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Physical Sciences; Studies in Creative Art and Writing; Studies in Human Society.

Four-digit Fields of Research: Analytical Chemistry; Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing; Astronomical and Space Sciences; Building; Civil Engineering; Clinical Sciences, Criminology, Curatorial and Related Studies; Distributed Computing; Education Systems; Film, Television and Digital Media; Historical Studies; Law; Literary Studies; Mechanical Engineering; Neurosciences; Other Studies in Human Society; Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine; Philosophy; Physical Chemistry (Incl. Structural); Public and Health Services; Social Work; Specialist Studies in Education.

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Ranked among top 20 of Australian universities

For achievements in the prestigious Australian Research Council major grants.