Rankings and reputation

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 2021

Subject area rankings

Subjects ranked in the top 50

Subjects ranked in the top 100

Ranked 1st nationally, 2021

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 2021

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 (#152)
  • Life Science and Medicine (#94)
  • Social Sciences and Management (#80)

Teaching and learning

The Faculty of Science has 8,177* students.

  • 17% international students.
  • 6,577 undergraduate students*
  • 861 postgraduate taught students*
  • 842 postgraduate research students (masters and PhD students)*
  • 1,944 PhD completions (headcount 2001-current, 143 in 2020)

*EFTS – equivalent full-time students, correct as of 31 December 2020