Research performance and rankings

Victoria is ranked number one in New Zealand for research quality and is consistently recognised as high-performing by international measures.

Our rankings

Victoria is proud to be in the top 1% of universities in the world for 17 subjects and in the top 2% of universities overall.  There are more than 18,000 universities worldwide and the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject rank the top institutions.

We received five stars from the international QS Stars University Rating in each of the eight categories: research, arts and culture, discipline ranking and accreditations, employability, facilities, inclusiveness, internationalisation and teaching.

Leading the research field

Victoria is also ranked first in New Zealand for 24 subject areas and second in a further eight areas. Subject areas ranked as first in New Zealand include:

  • Psychology
  • Chemistry
  • Music, literary arts and other arts
  • Ecology, evolution and behaviour
  • Biomedical science
  • Mathematics
  • Human geology
  • Physics

Victoria has a robust commitment to the humanities and social sciences; these disciplines are crucial to the University’s vision of cultivating global citizens capable of critical and creative thinking.

The most recent Performance-Based Research Fund quality evaluation of New Zealand universities shows that Victoria has 678 staff actively involved in research, and 70 percent of those are operating at the highest levels (rated either A or B).

In addition to the success in the broad subject areas that can be taught across faculties, Victoria’s Faculty of Law was the number one ranked law school in New Zealand for research quality.

Global recognition

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018 rank Victoria 38th in the world for Law, up from 46th in 2017.

Victoria Business School (VBS) leads the world as one of an elite group of commerce faculties worldwide that hold the Triple Crown of international accreditations of EQUIS, AACSB (Business) and AMBA. Two of the subjects it offers are in the top 40 of the latest QS rankings, further illustrating its quality: Hospitality & Leisure Management, part of Tourism Management is at 28, showing VBS's leadership in a diverse and growing industry; and Library Management, part of Information Studies, is at 40, demonstrating excellence in a specialist field of increasing importance in a world driven by big data.

Nine subjects at the University are in the top 100 of the QS rankings: Archaeology, English, History, Linguistics and Performing Arts in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; and Development Studies, Earth Sciences, Geography and Psychology in the Faculty of Science.

An additional seven subjects are ranked in the top 150 in the world: Accounting and Finance, Architecture, Business, Communication, Education, Politics and Sociology.

Arts and Humanities, Computer Science, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences at Victoria are all recognised in the Times Higher Education global rankings.