Rankings

Curtin University is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019. 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 2017.


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 2019 and have risen 20 places to 230th in the world in the QS World University Ranking 2020.

In addition, Curtin climbed 23 places to a rank of 249th in the world and remains 9th in Australia in the 2018-2019 University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP). The University also jumped 35 places in the 2019 CWTS Leiden Ranking and is now positioned at 284th 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 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

2017 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 21st in the world in the QS Top 50 under 50 World University Rankings 2020 – 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 courses are also highly regarded in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject, ranking second in the world for mineral and mining engineering and 35th for earth and marine sciences. Curtin ranks in the top 100 for architecture/built environment, civil & structural engineering, education and sports-related subjects.

In the ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2018, Curtin features in 33 of the 54 subjects ranked, with seven subjects in the top 100 in the world.  Curtin ranks 14th in the world for Mining & Mineral Engineering rising from 19th in 2017.

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 been ranked the eighth university in Australia in the highly competitive 2019 Nature Index. The annual results showed Curtin achieved an international academic ranking of 321 among the world’s top academic institutions, placing the University in Australia’s top eight universities.

The 2019 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 and identifies the countries and institutions showing the most significant growth in research publications, across more than 8,000 global institutions.

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 2019, which assesses the performance of Australian universities, Curtin received a five star rating (out of five) for teaching quality, skills development, learner engagement and overall experience.