International Ranking Schemes
There are a number of international ranking schemes used to compare universities across a range of indicators. These indicators are then combined to provide an overall score which determines a university's ranking.
The University of Newcastle (UON) continues to build its global reputation for being one of the world's most prestigious universities. In 50 years, our outstanding educators have achieved a long list of accolades and our world-class researchers are recognised internationally for their contribution to many fields of inquiry. Our remarkable students continue to impress with stories of success within the region and on the national and world stage.
UON has a proud history of achievement that has led to strong outcomes in international university rankings. Together and as individuals, we are among the world's best.
SEE HOW YOUR WORLD-CLASS UNI RANKS
The annual QS World University Rankings by Subject is a comprehensive guide to the world's top universities in a range of popular subject areas. Using data on reputation and research citations, the rankings highlight the top universities in the world for 46 individual subjects.
In 2017, UON ranked in the top 200 in the world in 13 different subject areas:
Ranked in the Top 50
Ranked in the Top 100
Ranked in the Top 150
Ranked in the Top 200
Agriculture and Forestry
English Language & Literature
UON also ranked amongst the top global universities in Business and Management Studies, Computer Science and Information Systems, Economics and Econometric, Engineering – Chemical, Engineering – Electrical, Engineering – Mechanical, Biological Sciences, Law, Linguistics and Mathematics
Read more the teams behind the top 150 ranked subjects.
See our media release which outlines UON's performance in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
See the full results: QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.
First compiled in 2004, the QS World University Rankings currently considers over 4,000 institutions, and ranks more than 900.
In 2016, UON placed 245th in the global university rankings, putting us in the top 250 universities in the world.
See our media release which outlines UON's performance in the QS World University Rankings.
See the 2016/17 QS World University Rankings.
The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 list the best global universities based on core missions including teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. THE World University rankings utilises 13 performance indicators to measure performance on the 5 core missons – Teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
The 2016-17 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) ranks UON in the top 250 universities in the world.
The Good Universities Guide rates the performance of Australian universities on a broad range of indicators and examines the educational experiences and outcomes of graduates. To receive five star ratings in any category, a university needs to score amongst the top 20% of higher educations in the category.
In the 2017 Good Universities Guide, the University of Newcastle (UON) has achieved impressive five-star ratings for social equity and student retention.
ARWU considers every university that has any Nobel Laureates, Fields Medallists, Highly Cited Researchers, or papers published in Nature or Science. In addition, universities with a significant amount of papers indexed by Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCIE) and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) are also included. In total, more than 1,200 universities are ranked and the best 500 are published on the web.
In 2016, UON ranked in the top 301-400 universities in the world.
In 2016 the Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU) released their first subject area ranking. This ranking includes seven subjects in the field of Engineering. To be included in the subject ranking, universities have to have a minimum number of research publications.
The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative is an evaluation of research quality in universities by the Australian government. It is administered by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and was conducted in 2010, 2012 and 2015.
The ERA assessment covers six years of research and judges research quality.
In 2015, the ERA assessment placed the University of Newcastle in the Top 8 universities for research that is 'well above world standard'. The UON achieved the highest possible '5' rating for 22 fields of research, an increase from 18 in 2012.
Visit our ERA data page for a better understanding of the assessment and a detailed view of our results.
1 Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016 and QS World University Rankings 2016
2 QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017
3 Excellence in Research Australia 2015
4 Higher Education Research Data Collection 2014