Reputation and rankings

Victoria ranks within the top 2 percent of the world’s 16,000 universities and is in the top 100 universities in the world for 10 subjects.

Global rankings

These are Law, Social Policy and Administration, English Language and Literature, History, Linguistics, Accounting and Finance, Development Studies, Education, Geography and Psychology.

In Social Policy and Administration, Victoria is ranked 50th in the world, illustrating our capability in this area. The University is home to the highly ranked Faculty of Humanities Social Sciences, which is considered to be one of the top 60 faculties of its type in the world.

Victoria also hosts New Zealand’s only School of Government undertaking teaching and research on public policy and public administration and management.

Our law, design and education faculties rank well within the top 100 faculties of their type in the world and Victoria Business School is one of an elite group of commerce faculties worldwide to hold the highly sought after Triple Crown of international commerce accreditations.

World-class research

Victoria is a globally ranked, research-intensive university and the first-ranked university in New Zealand for research quality. Its research is robust, relevant and multi-disciplinary, drawing together expertise from across the University to address local, national and global challenges.

Our research creates new knowledge and benefits society, the economy and the environment.

Find out more about how Victoria’s researchers lead thinking on the big questions facing society.

Areas of distinctiveness

Victoria’s areas of academic emphasis draw upon our position as New Zealand’s globally ranked capital city university.

The academic emphasis of the University is defined by multidisciplinary themes underpinned by excellent, fundamental, disciplinary-based research. These themes promote an outlook that goes beyond disciplinary, school, faculty and other traditional boundaries, and frame and develop Victoria’s distinctive teaching, research and public engagement endeavours.

They contribute to local, national and global challenges, with a particular emphasis on Wellington, New Zealand and the wider Asia-Pacific region.