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. Find out more about what our students love about Western on Why Study Here! (opens in a new window)

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 500 universities
  • Number 79 in the world among universities under 50 years old
  • Number 69 in Asia-Pacific
  • Top 250 Arts & Humanities
  • Top 400 Social Sciences

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: 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.

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

2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) subject rankings

Top 100
  • Nursing (ranked 22nd in the world)
  • Education (ranked in the Top 75 in the world)
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Hospitality and Tourism

Top 200

  • Psychology

Top 300

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Top 400

  • Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Public Health
  • Management

Top 500

  • Clinical Medicine

QS World University Rankings – star audit

5/5 stars - indicating that Western is well above world standard
5 Stars 
  • Facilities
  • Inclusiveness
  • Innovation
  • Teaching
4/5 stars - indicating that Western is well above world standard
 4 Stars 
  • Employability
  • Internationalisation
  • Research

QS World University Rankings - subject areas

Top 100

Top 150
Communication and Media Studies

Top 200 
Agriculture and Forestry

Top 250
English Language and Literature

Top 300
Environmental Sciences

Top 350

Top 450
Computer Science


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

1st in Australia

4th in the World

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Leiden Rankings

Western Sydney University is ranked:
  • 2nd in Australia
    for Research Collaboration
  • 13th in Australia
    272nd in the World

    for the Impact on Research
  • 3rd in Australia
    Life And Earth Sciences
  • 2nd in Australia
    Mathematics And Computer Sciences
  • 36th in the world
    Mathematics And Computer Sciences
  • 12th in Australia
    Social Sciences And Humanities
  • 253rd in the world
    Social Sciences And Humanities

Research Rankings

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.
5/5 stars - indicating that UWS is well above world standardResearch 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. 
4/5 stars - indicating that UWS is above world standard 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.
3/5 stars - indicating that UWS is at world standard 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.