Research rankings

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is ranked as one of the top institutions for research among the leading universities worldwide.
Based at the UQ St Lucia campus, we bring together hundreds of subject experts and over 850 higher degree students across our disciplines.

Among our academic staff (current and retired) we are proud to have many Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities

2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject

  • 30th in the world - Education
  • Top 100 in the world - Development Studies
  • Top 100 in the world - Communication and Media Studies
  • Top 100 in the world - History
  • Top 100 in the world - Politics
  • 79th in the world - Linguistics
  • Top 100 in the world - Anthropology
  • 50th in the world - English Language & Literature
  • 46th in the world - Sociology
  • 63rd in the world - Social Sciences and Management

The QS World University Rankings for 2021 measure a university’s performance across a number of indicators including academic reputation, teaching quality and research output.

2020 ARWU Subject rankings

The ARWU is published by the independent higher education consultancy. The rankings consider the number of highly cited researchers and articles published in high-ranking journals, as well as alumni and staff awards.

2018 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA)

Specialised fields of research rated at the highest level (5):

Excellence in Research (ERA) is Australia’s national research evaluation framework. It identifies excellence across Australia’s higher education institutions and compares Australia's university research effort against international benchmarks.

2021 Times Higher Education Subject Rankings

  • Ranked 87th in Arts & Humanities
  • Ranked 42nd in Education and placed 4th in Australia.
  • Ranked 62nd in Social Sciences and placed 3rd in Australia.

These subject rankings are brought together by scores across five categories: citations, industry income, international outlook, research and teaching.

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