Reputation and rankings

Victoria University of Wellington is in the top 2 percent of the world’s 18,000 universities and in the top 100 universities in the world for 13 subjects.

Global rankings

The University is globally ranked in:

  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Earth and Marine Sciences
  • English Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Law
  • Library and Information Management
  • Linguistics
  • Mineral and Mining Engineering
  • Performing Arts
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies (called Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies in the QS rankings)

The University is home to the highly ranked Faculties of Humanities Social Sciences and Law, which are among the top faculties of their type  in the world.

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

The School is located within Victoria Business School, 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 University of Wellington 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 our researchers lead thinking on the big questions facing society.

Areas of distinctiveness

Victoria University of Wellington'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 the University’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.