Our International Rankings

University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha is a prestigious destination that is ranked in the world's top 250 Universities (QS World University Rankings, 2020)

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Partner Universities

The University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha has over 60 international partner universities. more »

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Employer Connections

UC Careers connects University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha students with over 3,000 employers. more »

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Visiting Academics

Over 75 international senior academics visit UC each year to lecture through the Erskine Programme. more »

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Research Centres

The University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha is home to over 35 research centres, institutes and hubs. more »

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Field Stations

UC has access to an extensive network of field stations, from Antarctica to Nigeria. more »

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Research Focus

University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha is ranked 3rd in New Zealand for the research intensity of its academic staff. more »

QS World University Rankings

The international ranking agency QS ranked the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha 227= in the 2020 World University Rankings.

The University of Canterbury has the following subjects ranked in the world’s top 250 (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)

Subject QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019
Accounting Top 150 in the world for Accounting and Finance (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Applied Immersive Game Design 240th in the world for Engineering and Technology, and top 250 in the world for Business and Management Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Astronomy Top 250 in the world for Physics and Astronomy (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Biological Sciences 223rd in the world for Natural Sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Bioprocess Engineering Top 250 in the world for Chemical Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Chemical Formulation Design 240th in the world for Engineering and Technology, and top 250 in the world for Business and Management Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Chemical and Process Engineering Top 250 in the world for Chemical Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Civil Engineering Top 100 in the world for Civil and Structural Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Economics Top 250 in the world for Economics and Econometrics (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Education Top 200 in the world for Education and Training (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Top 250 in the world for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Energy Processing Technologies Top 250 in the world for Chemical Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Engineering 240th in the world for Engineering and Technology (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
English Top 250 in the world for English Language and Literature (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
English Language Top 250 in the world for English Language and Literature (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Environmental Process Engineering Top 250 in the world for Chemical Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Environmental Science Top 200 in the world for Environmental Sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Finance Top 150 in the world for Accounting and Finance (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Geography Top 150 in the world for Geography (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Geology Top 150 in the world for Earth and Marine Sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Human Resource Management 220th in the world for Social Sciences and Management (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Industrial Product Design 240th in the world for Engineering and Technology, and top 250 in the world for Business and Management Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Law Top 150 in the world for Law and Legal Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Linguistics Top 100 in the world for Linguistics (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Management Top 250 in the world for Business and Management Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Philosophy Top 200 in the world for Philosophy (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Physics Top 250 in the world for Physics and Astronomy (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Political Science and International Relations Top 200 in the world for Politics and International Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Power Engineering Top 250 universities in the world for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Product Design 240th in the world for Engineering and Technology, and top 250 in the world for Business and Management Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Psychology Top 250 in the world for Psychology (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Sociology Top 200 in the world for Sociology (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Structural Engineering 9th in the world for Civil Engineering (ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, 2020)
Taxation and Accounting Top 150 in the world for Accounting and Finance (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Teacher Education Top 200 in the world for Education and Training (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Water and Environmental Systems Engineering Top 100 in the world for Civil and Structural Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)

5 Star University

In 2011, the University of Canterbury was the first NZ University to receive the 5 Stars rating by QS and has maintained its 5 Stars status since then.

The QS website states “A typical five-star institution is generally world-class in a broad range of areas, enjoys an excellent reputation and has cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.”

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Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF)

The 2018 Tertiary Education Commission Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) results, released in 2019, show UC continues to produce high quality research and has distinguished itself in a wide range of subject areas.

UC is ranked first in New Zealand for the following subjects:

UC ranked second in five subject areas:

UC ranked third in six subject areas:

Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking

Times Higher Education (THE) ranked the University of Canterbury in the Top 301-350 universities in the world, in 2019.

Accredited qualifications

The University of Canterbury qualifications are accredited by a number of regulatory and professional bodies including:

DegreeAccrediting body
Bachelor of Commerce The BCom Accounting Major is accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), CPA Australia (Certified Practising Accountants), and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours Engineering New Zealand
Bachelor of Laws NZ Law Society
Bachelor of Social Work with Honours / Master of Social Work / Master of Social Work (Applied) Social Workers Registration Board
Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology (Honours) New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists’ Association
PGDipClinPsyc PGDipChFamPsyc NZ College of Clinical Psychologists
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand
Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning Early Childhood Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand
Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand
Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary) Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand
Master of Teaching and Learning Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand
Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology  New Zealand Psychologists Board
Master of Counselling New Zealand Association of Counsellors
Master of Audiology NZ Audiological Society
Master of Professional Accounting Acccredited by CAANZ, CPA Australia, ACCA
Master of Business Administration (MBA) Accredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA)
Master of Science in Medical Physics The Australasian College of Physical Scientists & Engineers in Medicine
Master of Speech and Language Pathology New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists’ Association
UC Business School | Te Kura Umanga Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB –International).  This accreditation applies to ALL degree programmes offered by the School.

The UC Business School holds ‘Triple Crown’ accreditation through having its degree programmes accredited by AACSB International (Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB –International), EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System), and AMBA accreditation (for the MBA programme).

The University is also subject to regular review by the Academic Quality Agency of Universities NZ to ensure that appropriate academic standards are maintained.