Research Advantage

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 lead to strong outcomes in international university rankings. Together and as individuals, we are among the world's best.

UON Rankings


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 42 individual subjects.

In 2016, UON ranked in the top 200 in the world in 14 different subject areas:

Ranked in the Top 50
in the world

Ranked in the Top 100
in the world

Ranked in the Top 150
in the world

Ranked in the Top 200
in the world

Architecture / Built Environment


Engineering – Civil and Structural




Environmental Studies


Agriculture & Forestry



Engineering – Chemical

English Language & Literature

Computer Science & Information Systems

UON also ranked amongst the top global universities in Engineering – Electrical,  Engineering – Mechanical, Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Economics and Econometrics, and Chemistry.

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 2016.

First compiled in 2004, the QS World University Rankings currently considers over 3,000 institutions, and ranks more than 800.

In 2015, UON placed 256th in the global university rankings, putting us in the top 3% in the world.

Additionally, all UON faculty rankings increased from 2014, with the greatest rise in Arts and Humanity, increasing 53 places on 2014 results.

See our media release which outlines UON's performance in the QS World University Rankings.

See the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings.

The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2015-2016 list the best global universities based on core missions including teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The top universities rankings employ 13 performance indicators to measure performance on each core mission.

The 2015-16 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) ranks UON in the top 251-300 group of universities, positioning UON in the top 3% the world.

See our media release which outlines UON's performance in the THE World University Rankings.

See the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Times Higher Education (THE) has compiled a list of the top 200 most international universities using the "international outlook" indicator from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. This examines a university's international student numbers, its percentage of international staff and the proportion of its research papers published with a co-author from at least one other country.

In 2016, UON achieved an international indicator score of 75.9, placing it as the 145th most international university in the world.

See Times Higher Educations' Most International Universities.

The Hobsons 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 2016 Good Universities Guide, the University of Newcastle (UON) has maintained its impressive five-star ratings for socio-economic equity and equipping students with generic skills.

See our media release which outlines UON's rating in the 2016 Hobsons Good Universities Guide.

See the 2016 Hobsons Good Universities Guide.

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.

See The Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU).

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.

UON achieved a ranking of 32nd in the world for Energy Science and Engineering, Top 100 in the world for Civil Engineering and Top 200 in the world for Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

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 2015 and QS World University Rankings 2015
2 QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2016
3 Times Higher Education Most International Universities 2016
4 Excellence in Research Australia 2015
5 Higher Education Research Data Collection 2014