Subject rankings confirm leading role of University for research, teaching, international reach and knowledge transfer.

Subject rankings are important for domestic and international students
Subject rankings are important for domestic and international students

The field of education at the University is the standout performer in the 2024 Times Higher Education (THE) Subject Rankings.

Education was assessed with a rank of 32 against the more than 703 institutions taking part. A drill down on specific subjects reveals that architecture has exceeded the peer average of the institutions the University is compared with for the first time, a significant improvement.

The latest subject rankings reveal that Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland, continues to be the top ranked university in the country for each subject. It is the only New Zealand university (150th) to rank in the top 200 universities worldwide.

The 2024 Subject Rankings show improvement in nine of the 11 broad subject categories from the previous year.

Times Higher Education Subject Rankings
Broad subject 2024 ranking
Arts and Humanities 101-125
Business and Economics 126-150
Clinical and Health 101-125
Computer Science 176-200
Education 32
Engineering 126-150
Law 126-150
Life Sciences 151-175
Physical Sciences 201-250
Psychology 101-125
Social Sciences 126-150

The subject rankings are analysed from a broad set of performance indicators from five areas: Teaching (the learning environment); Research environment (volume, income and reputation); Research quality; International outlook (staff, students and research); and Industry (knowledge transfer).

The University of Oxford topped the ranking for the eighth year in a row, but others in the top five have seen shifts in their ranks. Stanford University moves up to second place, pushing Harvard University down to fourth.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) climbs up two places to third this year. The University of Cambridge slips to fifth place, after being in joint third place last year.

Media contact

Gilbert Wong | Research communications manager