See how we rank
For more than 50 years, our proud tradition of innovation and collaboration, focusing on areas critical to our future, has marked our position in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the highly regarded QS World University Rankings.
universities in the world¹
of our research at the two-digit level rated as performing at world standard or higher²
10 subjects ranked in the top 100 in the world4
15 subjects ranked in the top 150 in the world3
in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 20185
- ¹ QS World University Rankings, 2018-19
- ² ERA, 2015
- ³ QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2018
- ⁴ QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2018
- 5 Academic Rankings of World Universities, 2018
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
- #14 in Australia
- #250 in the world (top 1% 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.
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 2018, Macquarie ranked in the top 100 in the world in 10 subject areas and in the top 150 in the world in 15 subjects:
Ranked in the top 100
Ranked in the top 150
Accounting and Finance
Earth and Marine Science
Business and Management
Communication and Media Studies
English Language and Literature
See the full results: QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
The Times Higher Education – World University Rankings
- #13 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%).
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.
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
- #421 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