Research and reputation

Students outside the University of Auckland

The University of Auckland rankings

The University of Auckland is a world-ranked university, listed in the top 100 globally (QS World University Rankings 2020). It has an excellent reputation for research and graduate prospects, placed 1st in New Zealand and 59th globally in the QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2020. Graduates of the University of Auckland occupy leading positions in Business, Law, Medicine, Politics, Arts, Engineering and other professions within New Zealand and overseas.

Other key rankings include:

  • 1st in the world for Sustainable Development – measured for performance against the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020)
  • Most innovative university in New Zealand and placed 35th overall – Asia Pacific's Most Innovative Universities in 2019

Research excellence

Valuing research and research-led teaching, the University has New Zealand’s largest research organisation with more than 13,000 staff and postgraduate students involved in fundamental and applied research.

The University of Auckland is the only university in New Zealand to be a member of Universitas 21, the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. Membership to these prestigious groups is by invitation only.

Highly ranked subjects

University of Auckland degrees are globally recognised, with 13 subjects ranked in the top 50 in the world and 33 degrees ranked in the top 100 (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).

Worldwide subject rankings

  • Archaeology (#25)
  • Education (#27)
  • Geography (#30)
  • Pharmacy & Pharmacology (#27)
  • Nursing (#44)
  • Engineering - Civil & Structural (#39)
  • English Language and Literature (#39)
  • Philosophy (#43)
  • Sports-related subjects (#29)
  • Law (#50)
  • Anthropology (#45)
  • Psychology (#40)

Triple Crown Accreditation

The University of Auckland has a Triple Crown accreditation for Business from AACSB International (USA), EQUIS (Europe) and AMBA (UK). Awarded by the three largest business school accreditation associations, this award has only been given to 90 business schools worldwide (as of March 2019). This is our students' assurance that the University of Auckland Business School provides programmes of the highest quality and meets the highest international standards.

Quality assurance

The University of Auckland was last audited in 2014 (Cycle 5) by the Academic Quality Agency, the body with responsibility through Universities New Zealand for quality assurance of New Zealand universities. The University will undergo an academic audit (Cycle 6) in 2021. Find out more about academic audits on the University of Auckland website.


1st in the World for Sustainable Development

(Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020)

Marcus from Malaysia

"The reason I chose to study at the University of Auckland was because of its high ranking, excellent facilities and good reputation. The University has really helped me develop my studying skills and the courses here provide me with the expertise needed for my future career."

Marcus from Malaysia

Studied the Auckland Foundation Year (now replaced by the Foundation Studies Certificate)

1st in NZ

Asia Pacific's Most Innovative Universities

(Reuters Top 35, 2019)

Graduate employability

Develop skills for your career with support from the University of Auckland's careers service.

Life in Auckland

Studying and living in Auckland, New Zealand offers an exciting mix of city life, relaxed beaches, beautiful scenery and adventure activities. 

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