Research & innovation

Rankings

World rankings


  • 1st in Africa 12345
  • =183rd in the world 1
  • =226th in the world 2
  • =103rd in the world 3
  • 269th in the world 4
  • 201—300 in the world 5
UCT world rankings
  • 1 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022
  • 2 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2022
  • 3 US News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings 2021
  • 4 Center for World University Rankings 2021-2022
  • 5 ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021

Impact rankings


Overall rank
  • 101—200 in Overall Rankings1
Individual SDG ranks
  • SDG 1 – No Poverty1=40
  • SDG 5 – Gender Equality1=58
  • SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities194
  • SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being1101—200
  • SDG 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions1101—200
  • SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals1101—200
  • 1THE Impact Rankings 2021

Emerging economies


  • 10th in THE Emerging Economies University Rankings6
Emerging economies
  • 6 THE Emerging Economies University Rankings 2021

Subject rankings

Top 10


  • Development studies8 (10th in the world)
  • Infectious diseases9 (=9th in the world)

Top 50


  • Environmental science & engineering10 (23rd in the world)
  • Immunology9 (=47th in the world)
  • Oceanography10 (48th in the world)
  • Public, environmental and occupational health9 (=36th in the world)
  • Sport science schools and departments11 (47th in the world)

Top 100


  • Anthropology8(51—100 range)
  • Archaeology8(51—100 range)
  • Architecture / Built environment8(51—100 range)
  • Clinical medicine10 (76—100 range)
  • Clinical and health7 (=66th in the world)
  • Geography8(51—100 range)
  • Medicine8(87th in the world)
  • Microbiology9(=79th in the world)
  • Mining & mineral engineering10 (51—75 range)
  • Public health10 (51—75 range)
  • Psychiatry/Psychology9(=92nd in the world)
  • Social sciences and public health9(=53rd in the world)
Subject rankings graph
  • 7 THE Subject Rankings 2021
  • 8 QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
  • 9 US News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings for Subjects 2021
  • 10 ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021
  • 11 ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2020

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