UNSW has shot up the QS World University Rankings to now have five subjects in the world’s top 20 with psychology in the top 10.

UNSW is the highest ranked university in Australia for Materials Science (25th). 

Psychology moved up 18 places to number 10; Accounting and Finance is ranked at number 12 – a jump of 11 spots; and Law moved from 30 to also be ranked at number 12 in the world.

Civil and Structural Engineering at UNSW continued its strong performance, up from 17 to 15 – the second highest ranking in the country. Education jumped 11 places to 19.

Of the 30 subjects covered in the 2013 rankings, UNSW has 19 in the world’s top 50. For the full results go to the QS website.

Professor Mark Hoffman, Acting Vice-Chancellor, said UNSW's results are a "fantastic achievement that reflect the University’s upward trajectory in its international reputation”.

“It’s a testament to the talent and dedication of our staff and graduates who should be rightly proud of their success,” Professor Hoffman said.

Five Australian universities made the global top 10 with the University of Melbourne leading the way.

Now in its third year, the subject rankings are based on 70,000 surveys, research citations and a research impact measure.

Contact: Denise Knight, UNSW Media Office, 0405 207 685