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7 NZ universities featured in QS World University rankings

Seven New Zealand universities featured in QS World University Rankings by Subject

London 8th May: The 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject, published today on, reveals the top 200 universities in the world for 30 disciplines including degree subjects such as mathematics, economics, civil engineering, psychology, law and 25 others. New Zealand universities were featured in all subjects ranked with the exception of physics.

Now in its 3rd year, The QS World University Rankings by Subject series takes into the account the opinion of academics and employers via a global survey. The rankings series is the only international comparison that allows prospective students to compare universities in their particular area of interest.

The University of Otago, ranked 15th for psychology, is the highest-ranked New Zealand institution. Victoria University of Wellington was the 2nd highest-ranked institution, placing 19th in law. Overall, the University of Auckland was featured in the top 50 in 17 subjects, making it the best-performing institution in the country.

Globally, Harvard University ranks number one in 10 disciplines, ahead of MIT (7), University of California, Berkeley (4), Oxford (4), Cambridge (3), Imperial (1) and University of California, Davis (1).

New Zealand universities in the top 50 of the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject


Subject (rank)

University of Auckland

English Language and Literature (36)

History (24)

Linguistics (26)

Modern Languages (42=)

Philosophy (49=)

Computer Science (38)

Civil Engineering (21)

Biological Sciences (43=)

Medicine (43=)

Pharmacy (41)

Mathematics (46=)

Accounting and Finance (20)

Economics (50)

Education (24)

Law (24)

Politics (40)

Statistics (47)

Victoria University of Wellington

English Language and Literature (44)

Psychology (49=)

Law (19)

Politics (41)

University of Otago

English Language and Literature (45)

History (24)

Psychology (15)

Law 932)

Massey University

Agriculture and Forestry (21=)

Ben Sowter, head of research at QS says, “Looking at New Zealand’s overall performance, the country’s institutions are clearly world class in a wide variety of disciplines.”

He continues, “As governments around the world move towards the ‘student pays’ model on higher education funding, employability is increasingly crucial to graduates. QS is the only ranking organisation that takes into account the opinion of employers, giving students a current reflection of what employers are seeking.”

The 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject evaluated 2,858 universities and ranked 678 institutions in total.

The full methodology with an overview of the performance of all New Zealand’s institutions considered is published on alongside the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject tables for accounting and finance; chemistry; history; English language; sociology; electrical engineering; chemical engineering; politics, biological sciences; modern languages; and more.


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