Research rankings

Research rankings

See how we rank

For more than 50 years, our proud tradition of sustainable discovery and innovation, focusing on areas critical to our future, has marked our position in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the highly regarded QS World University Rankings.

Top 2%

universities in the world¹


of our  research at the two-digit level rated as performing at world standard or higher²

Top 200

19 disciplines ranked in the top 200 in the world³

Top 50

in the world for Linguistics4

Top 200

in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 20175

  • ¹ QS World University Rankings, 2017
  • ² ERA, 2015
  • ³ QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017
  • ⁴ QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017
  • 5 Academic Rankings of World Universities, 2017

University research rankings

It can be difficult to understand university rankings and how different universities compare, so we’ve outlined our key global university research rankings below and provided the key indicators for each.

QS World University Rankings

  • #12 in Australia
  • #240 in the world (top 2% of universities in the world)

The QS World University Rankings ranks more than 26,000 universities from 84 countries around the world.

Key indicators include academic reputation, citations per faculty, student-to-faculty ratio, employer reputation, international faculty ratio and international student ratio.

See the 2017–18 QS World University Rankings

QS World University Rankings by Subject

QS also highlights the world’s top universities in a range of popular subject areas. The rankings are based on academic reputation and research impact.

In 2017, Macquarie ranked in the top 200 in the world in 17 different subject areas:

Ranked in the top 50
in the world

Ranked in the top 100
in the world

Ranked in the top 150
in the world

Ranked in the top 200
in the world


Accounting and Finance

Environmental Sciences



Communication and Media Studies


Business and Management


Development Studies




Earth and Marine Science


Modern Languages






English Language and Literature








See the full results: QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

The Times Higher Education – World University Rankings

  • #11 in Australia
  • #251–300 in the world

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016–2017 lists the best global universities based on 13 core performance indicators including, teaching (30%), research (30%), research citations (30%), international outlook and industry income (2.5%).

See the Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Academic Rankings of World Universities

  • #10 in Australia
  • #200 in the world

Key indicators include the number of:

  • Alumni and staff winning of Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals
  • Highly cited researchers
  • Articles published in journals of Nature and Science
  • Articles indexed by Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCIE) and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI)
  • Per capita academic performance of an institution.

See the Academic Rankings of World Universities

Excellence in Research Australia

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative is an evaluation of research quality across 41 universities by the Australian Government.

Macquarie is currently placed in the top institutions for research, with 96 per cent of four digital research activity rated at world standard or above. Macquarie achieved the highest possible ‘5’ rating for 14 fields of research and a ‘4’ rating for 19 fields of research, from the 55 fields of research assessed – increasing the proportion of research performing at world standard and above from 85.7 per cent in 2012 to 96.4 per cent in 2015.

Visit our ERA page for a better understanding of the assessment and a detailed view of our results.

CWTS Leiden Ranking

  • #15 in Australia
  • #423 in the world

The Leiden Ranking is based on bibliographic data from the Web of Science scientific citation index, which analyses the scientific performance of more than 900 major universities from 54 countries.

The ranking focuses on the scientific impact of universities, as well as their involvement in scientific collaboration.

See the CWTS Leiden Ranking

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