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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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Times Higher Education World University RankingsWestern Sydney University has been ranked:
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Academic Ranking of World Universities
Western Sydney University is ranked 368 in the prestigious Shanghai Ranking's Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2019.Find out more on the ARWU website. (opens in a new window)
2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) subject rankings
QS World University Rankings
QS Stars University Ratings
5 Stars Overall
QS World University Rankings by subject
English Language & Literature
Computer Science & Information Systems
Business & Management Studies
Engineering – Electrical & Electronic
Arts & Humanities #261
The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) - Rankings by Subject 2017
1st in Australia
4th in the World
Western Sydney University is ranked:
Research ranked at world class or better85% 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 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.
Ranked among top 20 of Australian universitiesFor achievements in the prestigious Australian Research Council major grants.