We enjoy a long-established international reputation for research excellence, and UQ ranks consistently among the world’s top universities within the broad fields of agriculture and life sciences.

The exceptional quality of our research was reaffirmed in the latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, which is a comprehensive quality evaluation of all research produced in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks.

Research within our School was ranked:

  • well above world standard: plant biology, genetics, horticultural production, environmental science
  • above world standard: soil sciences, crop and pasture production, food sciences
  • world standard: animal production.

#1 in Australia

We're ranked best in Australia and as a top-performing international leader in several of the world's most prestigious league tables and assessments.

  #7 in the world

We're #7 worldwide and #1 in Australia for agriculture, according to the NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities.

  #19 in the world

We're #19 worldwide and #1 in Australia for agriculture, says the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

  #12 in the world

We're #12 worldwide and #1 in Australia for environmental sciences, in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

  #32 in the world

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2016-17 ranks us #32 worldwide and #1 in Australia for life sciences.

Collaborative approach

Our recent rankings milestones reflect the diversity, commitment and collaborative nature of our staff.

Our researchers come from all over the world, and are engaged in international interactions in countries as diverse as Indonesia, the US, China, Brazil, India and Germany.

We maintain strong links with rural communities, industry and government, both locally and abroad. Together with our partners we work to find sustainable solutions for feeding the world, and to identify commercialisation opportunities.

Of all our ISI-listed publications from 2011 to 2015, 48 per cent listed an international co-author.

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