Recognition and impact

Our commitment to world-class research and teaching have contributed to UQ's consistent high ranking as one of the world's top 50 world universities.

By comparison with the Group of 8 Australia universities, and with local comparator universities, UQ has the strongest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) results across the broad scope of health sciences. In 2015, UQ’s health and behavioural sciences research achieved the top score of 5 (well above world standard) for clinical sciences (incorporating rehabilitation), dentistry, human movement and sports science, neurosciences, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences, social work and psychology.

The Faculty is home to three National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centres of Research Excellence:

  • The NHMRC Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health
  • The NHMRC Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Aphasia Rehabilitation
  • The NHMRC Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Recovery Following Road Traffic Injuries.

Our Rankings

  • Human Movement and Sport Sciences at UQ is ranked 1st in Australia and 1st in the world in the 2019–2020 University Rankings of Academic Performance
  • UQ is ranked 3rd in Queensland, 9th in Australia, and 38th in the world for Nursing in the 2021 QS World Rankings by Subject
  • UQ was ranked 1st in Australia and 2nd in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject
  • UQ was ranked 31st in the world for pharmacy in the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject
  • UQ was ranked 26th in the world for psychology in the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject
  • Our researchers scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 Excellence in Research Australia Outcomes
  • 6 National Teaching Award winners since 2012
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Our Community

  • 5600 undergraduate students, 1400 postgraduate, and 870 international from 42 different countries
  • Over 50,000 in our global network of alumni
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Our Achievements

  • The internationally acclaimed Triple P – Positive Parenting Program developed by UQ School of Psychology’s Professor Matt Sanders and his team has changed the lives of millions of families across the globe. The program gives parents the skills they need to raise confident, healthy children and teenagers, and to build stronger family relationships.
  • Over 400,000 Queensland drivers have taken the hazard perception test developed by researchers from our School of Psychology, contributing to a decline in novice crash rates across the state.
  • Students across the globe are able to take advantage of our teaching excellence through our partnership with edX, the world's leading consortium of massive open online courses (MOOCs), developed by Harvard and MIT, including the award-winning MOOC, CRIME101x: The Psychology of Criminal Justice.
  • Our School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is leading the way in telerehabilitation research and technology, providing the community greater access to allied health services through the Centre for Research in Telerehabilitation and UQ's Telerehabilitation Clinic.
  • Professor Karen Healy, from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, collaborated with the Queensland Department of Communities, Micah Projects and Uniting Care Communities to increase the involvement of families in the child protection decision-making process.
  • Research from the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, led by Professor Wendy Brown, was drawn upon to establish new physical activity guidelines by the Australian Federal Department of Health.
  • The US Department of Defense (DoD) has committed more than A$1.3 million from its Breast Cancer Research Program to a Queensland study tackling the spread of tumours to the brain. The University of Queensland will conduct the three-year project, the only project outside North America awarded funding under the DoD’s Breast Cancer Breakthrough Scheme (Award #W81XWH-17-1-0064 & 17-1-0065). The study builds on previous findings from Professors Greg Monteith (UQ School of Pharmacy and Mater Research Institute) and Sarah Roberts-Thomson (UQ School of Pharmacy) and Professor Sunil Lakhani and Dr Jodi Saunus from the UQ Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR).

Learn more about our Faculty's world-class achievements in Game Changers magazine, or explore our global research impact. 

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