Rankings and reputation

We are consistently ranked New Zealand's leading Faculty of Science in global league tables. Our 10 schools and departments provide outstanding quality teaching and diverse research opportunities.

Aerial view of the Science Centre

QS World University Rankings

The QS World University Rankings is an annual publication that ranks the world’s universities and their subjects of study according to 6 different values:

  • Academic reputation
  • Employer reputation
  • Faculty/student ratio
  • Citations per faculty
  • International faculty ratio
  • International student ratio

Out of 1000 universities worldwide, the University of Auckland ranks 81st overall making it the highest ranked university in the country.

QS World University Rankings By Subject 2020

Subject area rankings

Subjects ranked in the top 50

Subjects ranked in the top 100

Ranked 1st nationally, 2020

Subject areas

  • Natural Science
  • Social Sciences and Management
  • Life Sciences and Medicine (joint 1st)


  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Earth and Marine Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geography
  • Material Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychology
  • Statistics and Operational Research

QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020

The University of Auckland ranks 59 overall for employability and first in New Zealand, with key subject areas receiving the following ranks globally:

  • Natural Science (#120)
  • Life Science and Medicine (#94)
  • Social Sciences and Management (#63)

Teaching and learning

The Faculty of Science has 8,324* students.

  • 17% international students.
  • 6,685 undergraduate students*
  • 746 postgraduate taught students*
  • 893 postgraduate research students (masters and PhD students)*
  • 3,961 PhD completions (headcount 2001-current, 272 in 2019)

*EFTS – equivalent full-time students, correct as of 31 December 2019