Research performance and rankings

Victoria University of Wellington is ranked number one in New Zealand for research quality and is consistently recognised as high-performing internationally.

Our rankings

Victoria University of Wellington is proud to be in the top 1% of universities in the world for 19 subjects and in the top 2% of universities overall. There are more than 18,000 universities worldwide and the 2019 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 University of Wellington 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 University of Wellington 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 University of Wellington 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 University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law was the number one ranked law school in New Zealand for research quality.

Global recognition

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. One of the subjects it offers—Library and Information Management—is at 24, demonstrating excellence in a specialist field of increasing importance in a world driven by big data.

In total, thirteen subjects at the University are in the top 100 of the QS rankings: 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).

Six of those subjects sit within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition to that and the overall ranking for the arts and humanities (73=), another four subjects taught in the Faculty are ranked in the top 150 in the world. They are Archaeology (within Te Kawa a Māui/School of Māori Studies); History; Philosophy; and Sociology.

Four of the University’s top 100 subjects sit within the Faculty of Science—Development Studies, Earth and Marine Sciences, Geography and Psychology.