Rankings

Curtin University is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017. It is ranked 22nd in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2018 and has received a five star overall excellence rating in the QS Stars University Ratings 2015.


Curtin University is ranked in the top one per cent worldwide

Curtin University is a popular study destination and is globally recognised for its strong connections with industry, high-impact research and wide range of innovative courses.

We’re now ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017 and have risen to 262 in the world on the QS World University Ranking 2017-18.

In addition, Curtin climbed 30 places to a rank of 272nd in the world and remains 9th in Australia in the 2017-2018 University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP). The University is also positioned at 316th in the world and 9th in Australia in the 2018 CWTS Leiden Ranking.

One of the world’s most international universities

With the third largest international student population of any Australian university, Curtin was ranked 26th in the Times Higher Education’s list of the top 200 most international universities 2016.

In the 2017 Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Rankings, Curtin ranks 69th out of 243 institutions and is placed 25th in Australia.

We’re the only Western Australian university to be ranked in the top 50 under 50

2015 five-star QS Stars Rating logo

As Western Australia’s most innovative university, Curtin’s strong credentials are also reflected in its high ratings in the QS World University Rankings:

  • Ranked 22nd in the world for universities under the age of 50, in the QS World University Rankings 2018 – the only Western Australian university to make the list.

  • Awarded a five star overall excellence rating (out of five stars) in the QS Stars University ratings 2017.

Study highly rated subjects

Curtin University is ranked as a top 100 university in eight subjects in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018:

  • Mineral and Mining Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Earth and Marine Sciences
  • Development Studies
  • Architecture/ Built Environment
  • Education
  • Sports-related Subjects

For Mineral and Mining Engineering, Curtin is ranked second in the world.

In the ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017, Curtin is now placed in the 151-200 band, up from the 201-300 band in 2016 and 2015, and from 301-400 in 2014 and 401-500 in 2013, with the University estimated to be 180th in the world and 9th in Australia.

Curtin has strong research and development rankings

Curtin is widely recognised for research that solves real-world challenges. In the Federal Government’s Excellence in Research Australia evaluation, Curtin was rated above, or well above, the world standard for 26 different areas of research!

Curtin received the highest possible rating in the fields of astronomical and space science, physical chemistry, geochemistry, geology, crop and pasture production, electrical and electronic engineering, medical microbiology, nursing and nutrition and diabetics.

Curtin named most collaborative Australian university in 2016 Nature Index

Curtin has been identified as the most collaborative of the Australian universities and the biggest Australian mover in the Nature Index results for 2016.

In the Nature Index 2016 Australia and New Zealand supplement, Curtin was the ninth university in the top 30 Australian institutions and placed fifth for research output in earth and environmental sciences.

Dr David Swinbanks, founder of the Nature Index, said Curtin had shown a remarkable increase in output in the Nature Index in the past four and a half years.

Graduate career-ready and employable

Curtin collaborates with some of the largest companies in Australia and internationally to ensure our research and education is relevant and that you graduate highly employable. In the Good Universities Guide 2017, which assesses the performance of Australian universities, Curtin received a five star rating (out of five) for learner engagement and skills development.