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Rankings and reputation

A leading global university, renowned for excellence in education and research

Our
performance

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Our valued industry connections, innovative courses, commitment to our student experience and high-impact research place us as world top 100 university – the only one in WA.

For more than a century, our teaching and research have supported economic and social development within our local, regional and global communities. We seek to unite our most creative minds and lead teams towards resolving the critical challenges that face our planet and its people.

By choosing to study at UWA, you’ll join a network of passionate and resourceful leaders who are set on making meaningful contributions, and become part of a community with a reputation for leading positive change, both here and internationally.

A WORLD TOP

100

UNIVERSITY

(85TH IN ARWU 2020 AND 92ND IN QS 2021)

43

SUBJECTS IN THE WORLD'S TOP 1%

(ARWU 2020, QS 2021)

5 stars

for teaching quality, student demand and student:teacher ratio

(Good Universities Guide 2021)

Top graduate outcomes

UWA is #1 in WA for graduate employability (QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2020). We produce highly employable graduates who go on to forge long and successful careers. UWA graduates consistently receive high levels of satisfaction from employers. 

UWA graduate skills and employer satisfaction

95.6%

Technical

94.4%

Foundation

92.0%

Adaptive

89.7%

Collaborative

Source: Employer satisfaction by institution (universities only), 2018–2020. Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching, Employer Satisfaction Survey March 2021

 UWA graduate employment outcomes

88.0%

Undergraduate
Medium-term outcome

95.4%

Postgraduate coursework
Medium-term outcome

Source: Medium-term full-time employment outcomes by university and level of study 2020. Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching, 2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey – Longitudinal

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Image credit: UWA Graduations, 2013

Graduates who take on the world

Our graduates go on to positively impact society – from Nobel Prize-winning scientists such as Professor Barry Marshall, to entrepreneurs like Mecca Cosmetica founder Jo Horgan and politicians such as former prime minister Bob Hawke. 

UWA is also home to Fields Medal winner Professor Akshay Venkatesh; Decjuba CEO/owner Tania Austin; comedian, writer and musician Tim Minchin; and Academy Award winner Shaun Tan.

Award-winning
teachers

Our team of expert educators continue to receive awards proving their dedication and passion to student learning. Since 2012, as part of the Australian Awards for University Teaching, we have received:

2

Teaching Excellence awards

 

2

Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

 

23

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

 
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Subject rankings

The QS World University Rankings by Subject are compiled each year to identify leading universities in particular subjects. In 2020 we maintained our ranking as #1 in the state, with the highest number of subjects in the global top 100. The Academic Ranking of World Universities also releases subject rankings annually across 5 key disciplines. UWA consistently achieves strong results in both of these rankings.

UWA subjects in the world top 1%

Top 50

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Earth and Marine Sciences
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mineral and Mining Engineering
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Psychology
  • Sports-related Subjects

Top 100

  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Performing Arts

Top 150

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture and Built Environment
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business and Management Studies
  • Education and Training
  • English Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy and Pharmacology
  • Sociology

Top 50

  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Oceanography
  • Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Water Resources
  • Marine and Ocean Engineering
  • Mining and Mineral Engineering
  • Biological Sciences
  • Human Biological Sciences
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Clinical Medicine

Top 75

  • Public Health
  • Psychology

Top 100

  • Geography

Top 150

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
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Study WA’s highest-ranked MBA

UWA's MBA program is first in the Oceania region for Entrepreneurship and Alumni Outcomes (QS World University Rankings 2021 Global MBA Rankings). Our graduates also earn the highest salaries in Australia at almost $200,000 per annum after completing their course, at an average age of 34 (QS Top Universities Global MBA Rankings for 2021).

Our MBA program is also the longest running in Western Australia, with 40 years of proven success and thousands of high-achieving alumni. It is delivered by our internationally accredited Business School.

 

Research excellence

UWA is recognised around the world as a leading research-intensive university.

Over the years, we have strengthened our international reputation for excellence, and we now attract researchers of world standing across a range of disciplines, with international leaders in many diverse fields.

We are a proud member of the internationally recognised Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia's leading research intensive universities, and a foundation member of the Matariki Network of high-quality, research-intensive universities with a focus on student experience.

We produce high-impact research with top ratings in a range of fields. The Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia 2018 outcomes has rated us as ‘well above world-standard’ for research in 28 fields.

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UWA research in the world top 1%

  • Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Astronomical and Space Sciences
  • Cardiorespiratory Medicine and Haematology
  • Classical Physics
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Historical Studies
  • Human Geography
  • Medical Physiology
  • Medicinal and Biomolecular Chemistry
  • Oceanography
  • Oncology and Carcinogenesis
  • Ophthalmology and Optometry
  • Optical Physics
  • Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Physical Chemistry (including Structural)
  • Plant Biology
  • Psychology
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Quantum Physics
  • Soil Sciences
  • Zoology
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Research performance

Our research makes a real impact on the lives of our communities and the world. 

  • 39 research centres and institutes
  • 5,901 research publications
  • $213,975,609 research income 2019 data
  • 12 Highly Cited Researchers (Clarivate 2020)
  • 60+ academics involved in the Australian Council of Learned Academies
  • Group of Eight member (Australia's best research-intensive universities)
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