World rankings


  • 1st in Africa 123456

  • 167th in the world 1

  • =173rd in the world 2
  • =125th in the world 3
  • 271st in the world 4
  • 201–300 in the world 5
  • =50 in the world 6
UCT rankings globe
  • 1 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2024
  • 2 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2024
  • 3 US News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings 2022–2023 
  • 4 Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) 2024 
  • 5 ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities 2023
  • 6Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings: Sustainability 2024

Reputation Rankings


THE Reputation Rankings 2022           (176–200)

Most international universities in the World Rankings


THE Most international universities in the World Rankings 2024 
(55th in the world)

Impact rankings


Overall rank

  • 101–200 in overall rankings7
Individual SDG ranks
  • SDG 1 – No Poverty7(51st)
  • SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being7(101—200)
  • SDG 5 – Gender Equality7(=47th)
  • SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation 7(9th)
  • SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth 7(101-200)
  • SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities7(101-200)
  • SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities7(101-200)
  • SDG 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions7(101-200)
  • SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals7(=76th)

Sustainability rankings


  • Environmental impact6(=25th in the world)
  • Social impact6(=133rd in the world)
  • Governance6(=82nd in the world)

    Subject rankings

    Top 20


    • Development studies9(=15th in the world)

    Top 50


    • Infectious diseases10(24th in the world)
    • Environmental science & engineering11(33rd in the world)
    • Public health11(36th in the world)
    • Sport science schools and departments12(31st in the world)

    Top 100


    Clinical and health8(81st in the world)

    Education8(=92nd in the world)

    Social Sciences8(=100 in the world)

    Anthropology9(51–100 range)

    Geography9(51–100 range)

    Immunology10(51st in the word)

    Medicine9(=89th in the world)

    Public, environmental and occupational health10(51st in the world)

    Atmospheric science11(76–100 range)

    Clinical medicine11(76–100 range)

    Geography11(76–100 range)

    Oceanography11(51–75 range)

    Psychiatry/Psychology 11(90th in the world)

    Social sciences and public health11(=66 in the world)

    Subject rankings graph
    • 7THE Impact Rankings 2023
    • 8 THE Subject Rankings 2024 
    • 9 QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024
    • 10 US News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings for Subjects 2022-2023
    • 11 ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023
    • 12 ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2023

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