Research rankings

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is ranked as one of the top research institutions among 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

2023 QS World University Rankings by Subject

  • 40th in the world - Education
  • Top 100 in the world - Linguistics
  • Top 100 in the world - Philosophy
  • Top 100 in the world - Politics
  • Top 100 in the world - Anthropology
  • Top 100 in the world - English Language & Literature
  • 46th in the world - Sociology
  • Top 100 in the world - Social Policy and Administration

The QS Top University Rankings for 2023 measure a university’s performance across a number of indicators including academic reputation, teaching quality and research output.

2022 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.

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.

2022 Times Higher Education Subject Rankings

  • Ranked 72 in Arts & Humanities
  • Ranked 53 in Education and placed 4th in Australia.
  • Ranked 71 in Social Sciences and placed 3rd in Australia.

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