Curtin University is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020. It is ranked 21st in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2020 and has received a five star overall excellence rating in the QS Stars University Ratings 2019.

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 a wide range of innovative courses.

We are ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020 and have risen 13 places to 217th in the world in the QS World University Ranking 2021.

In addition, Curtin climbed 29 places to a rank of 220th in the world and remains 9th in Australia in the 2019-2020 University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP). The University also jumped 11 places in the 2020 CWTS Leiden Ranking and is now positioned at 271st in the world and 9th in Australia.

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 2019 Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Rankings, Curtin ranks 57th out of 320 institutions and is placed 21st in Australia.

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

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

Study highly rated subjects

Curtin University courses are also highly regarded in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject, ranking second in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering and 40th for Earth and Marine Sciences. Curtin ranks in the top 100 for Architecture/Built Environment, Civil & Structural Engineering, Nursing, Education and Sports-related subjects.

In the ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2019, Curtin features in 37 of the 54 subjects ranked, with seven subjects in the top 100 in the world.  Curtin ranks 11th in the world for Mining & Mineral Engineering and is ranked in the top 10 in Australia for 24 subjects, the highest being 2nd for Mathematics and equal 2nd for Chemical Engineering.

Curtin’s ranking has risen in eight subject areas in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.

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 at or above the world standard in 95 per cent of the research fields assessed!

Curtin received the highest possible rating in the fields of astronomy and space sciences, numerical and computational mathematics, geology and geochemistry as well as chemical sciences.

Curtin ranked among Australia’s top eight universities in Nature Index

Curtin University has achieved an international academic ranking of 340 among the world’s top academic institutions in the highly competitive 2020 Nature Index, placing the University in Australia’s top ten universities.

The 2020 Nature Index measures the number of scientific papers published in 82 leading journals across the research areas of life science, physical sciences, earth and environmental sciences, and chemistry.

Graduate career-ready and employable

Curtin collaborates with some of the biggest companies in Australia and internationally, to ensure our research and education is relevant and that you graduate highly employable. In the Good Universities Guide 2021, which assesses the performance of Australian universities, we received a five star rating (out of five) for teaching quality, learning resources, skills development, learner engagement and overall experience.