University of Auckland tops rankings in Arts subjects

22 March 2016
QS World University Rankings

The Faculty of Arts scooped the bulk of the top rankings in New Zealand in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

The University of Auckland was ranked as the top subject provider in New Zealand for 10 of the 11 Arts subjects measured.

And in the subject of Archaeology, the University not only ranks as the top place to study in New Zealand, but 20th in the world.

This is the first time that Archaeology has been included since rankings by subject started in 2011.

Along with Archaeology, another five subjects are ranked in the top 50 worldwide. They are Development Studies (26), English Language and Literature (31), Anthropology (49), Linguistics (49) and Social Policy and Administration (49). All six of these subjects are the highest-ranked out of all New Zealand universities.

Sociology, Politics, Communications and Media Studies, Philosophy, Modern Languages and History all featured in the top 100 world-wide. All subjects were ranked top in New Zealand, apart from History which was ranked second.

Dean of Arts Professor Robert Greenberg says the results are great news.

“As in previous years, a number of our disciplines in the Faculty of Arts placed in the top 50 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, and others are close behind in the top 100,” he says.

“We are very pleased to see Archaeology achieved the best result for the University of Auckland with a ranking of 20. We are very proud of the achievements of our Archaeology programme and of its dedicated staff and excellent students.”

Head of Social Sciences Professor Simon Holdaway says the QS rankings reflect the quality of Archaeology taught at Auckland and the high level of engagement between staff and students.

“Archaeologists at Auckland are well known for the research projects they undertake both within New Zealand and overseas.

“These projects feature some of the most innovative approaches to both archaeological fieldwork and analysis available worldwide. Archaeology students at Auckland learn state-of-the-art techniques with hands-on experience in both the field and laboratory.”

Professor Holdaway, who has recently been leading archaeological fieldwork on Great Mercury Island off the coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, says the University’s Archaeology students work closely with academic staff in multidisciplinary projects both within New Zealand and beyond, including the Auckland Museum and other universities worldwide.

“As a consequence, University of Auckland Archaeology students are much sought after by heritage management employers nationally, in Australasia and around the Pacific Basin.”

Founded in 1990, QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) is the leading global provider of higher education and careers information and independent research. Its activities span 50 countries, working with over 2,000 international universities and business schools.

Since 2011, QS has extended the scope of its world rankings to include the evaluation of individual disciplines. The rankings are based on research citations, alongside reputational surveys of over 121,000 academics and graduate employers worldwide.

Check out the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016