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Rankings

World rankings


  • 1st in Africa 1234
  • =155th in the world 1
  • =220th in the world 2
  • 121st in the world 3
  • 268th in the world 4
  • 2nd in Africa 5
  • 201-300 in the world 5
UCT world rankings
  • 1 Times Higher Education 2021
  • 2 Quacquarelli Symonds 2021
  • 3 US News Best Global Universities 2020
  • 4 Center for World University Rankings 2020-2021
  • 5 Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020

Emerging economies


  • 10th in Emerging Economies University Rankings6
Emerging economies
  • 6 Times Higher Education 2020

Subject rankings

Top 10


  • Development Studies8 (10th in the world)

Top 50


  • Oceanography10 (48th in the world)

Top 100


  • Anatomy and physiology8(51 to 100 range)
  • Anthropology8(51 to 100 range)
  • Archaeology8(51 to 100 range)
  • Architecture/Built environment8(51 to 100 range)
  • Clinical medicine10 (76 to 100 range)
  • Clinical, pre-clinical and health7 (65th in the world)
  • Geography8(51 to 100 range)
  • Immunology9(56th in the world)
  • Medicine8(51 to 100 range)
  • Microbiology9(72nd in the world)
  • Mining and mineral engineering10 (51 to 75 range)
  • Public health10 (51 to 75 range)
  • Social sciences7(92nd in the world)
  • Social sciences and public health9(73rd in the world)
Subject rankings graph
  • 7 Times Higher Education 2020
  • 8 Quacquarelli Symonds 2020
  • 9 US News Best Global Universities 2020
  • 10 Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2020

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