UNSW’s Mineral and Mining Engineering has leapt 11 places to 5th in the world in the 2017 QS subject rankings. In its best result to date, UNSW now has 23 subjects in the top 50, up from 21 in 2016.

Other big movers are Environmental Sciences, which moved up nine places to 15th, and the Business School’s Accounting & Finance, up two places to 11th and the highest-ranked Australian university.

The other three subjects ranked in the top 20 are Law (14), Civil & Structural Engineering (16) and Psychology (18).

UNSW ranks number one in Australia in Civil & Structural Engineering, Psychology, Materials Science and Accounting & Finance. Once again, every subject area within Engineering and Technology is ranked in the world’s top 50.

The 2017 rankings feature four new subjects, and UNSW ranked in two of them: Anatomy & Physiology (22) and Sports-related Subjects (23).

This year UNSW features in 37 of the 46 subjects ranked, up from 36 in 2016.

Now in their seventh year, the QS World University Rankings by Subject is based on the expert opinion of almost 75,000 academics and more than 41,000 employers, alongside the analysis of 28.5 million research papers and over 113 million citations sourced from the Scopus/Elsevier bibliometric database.