University ranking

The University of Canterbury was the first NZ university to receive 5 Stars rating in 2011 by the international ranking agency 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.”

QS also ranked the University of Canterbury 231= in the 2018/2019 World University Rankings.

The University of Canterbury has 11 subjects ranked in the world’s top 200 (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019). UCs subject areas are ranked as follows:

 Subject Ranking
Accounting and Finance 151-200
Earth and Marine Sciences 101-150
Education 151-200
Engineering - Civil and Structural 51-100
English Language and Literature 151-200
Environmental Sciences 151-200
Geography 101-150
Law 101-150
Linguistics 101-150
Philosophy 151-200
Sociology 151-200

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 / Masters of Social Work Social Workers Registration Board
Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology (Honours) New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists’ Association
PG DipClinPsych / PGDipFamPsych NZ College of Clinical Psychologists

Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood)

Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary) Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
Master of Teaching and Learning Teaching Council of Aotearoa 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) Association of MBAs
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 Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB –International).  This accreditation applies to ALL degree programmes offered by the School

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