A series of prestigious rankings systems place Griffith in the top 2% of universities worldwide

We also rank highly as a young university, ranking 30th in the 2020 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings and 33rd in the 2021 QS World University Rankings Top 50 Under 50. By choosing to study at Griffith, students benefit from degrees informed by our world-class research, expert knowledge and industry connections.

World rankings

In four of the largest and most credible world university rankings, Griffith is rated in the top 300:

Times Higher Education World University Rankings: 201–250

University Ranking by Academic Performance: 245

US News Best Global Universities: 217

CWTS Leiden Ranking: 246

Griffith is also recognised in the world's top 400 rankings:

Academic Ranking of World Universities: 301-400

QS World University Rankings: 303

National Taiwan University Ranking: 302

Young and ambitious

Griffith ranks highly as a young university, ranking 30th in the 2020 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings and 33rd in the 2021 QS World University Rankings Top 50 Under 50. Being a young university means we have the freedom to respect tradition without being restricted by it, which gives us the flexibility to adapt to the ever-changing needs of students, industry and the community. We’ve introduced Australia’s first degrees in a wide range of important areas, from Asian studies and environmental science to dental technology and forensic science. We were also quick to adopt online education, and have offered online study options for almost 20 years.


Our researchers are at the forefront of international discovery

Australia's top teachers

Griffith has received more Australian Awards for University Teaching than any other university, since 2012. We have won:

3 Australian University Teacher of the Year awards

8 Teaching Excellence awards

6 Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

42 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Five stars for educational experience

Griffith holds a five star rating for overall educational experience from the Good Universities Guide, an independent guide to Australian higher education. We also have five star rankings for our highly qualified staff, skills development, and teaching quality.

Subject rankings

Griffith ranked in the top 300 in the ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020 for a range of subjects.

Top 10

  • Hospitality and Tourism Management (third globally, first in Australia)
  • Marine/Ocean Engineering (eighth globally, second in Australia)
  • Nursing and Midwifery (second globally, first in Australia)

Top 50–100

  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Education
  • Geography
  • Law (first in Australia)
  • Water Resources

Top 101–150

  • Chemical Engineering (equal fifth in Australia)
  • Civil Engineering
  • Dentistry and Oral Sciences (third in Australia)
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • Oceanography
  • Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Political Science (third to fifth in Australia)
  • Public Administration

Top 151–200

  • Sociology
  • Transportation Science and Technology

Top 201–300

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Psychology
  • Public Health

Griffith MBA

Our MBA is placed among leading national and global MBA’s with a Tier One ranking in CEO Magazine’s 2019 MBA Rankings. We ranked second for student satisfaction and fifth overall in the 2019 Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine MBA rankings and earned a five-star rating from the Graduate Management Association of Australia’s 2017 MBA Star Rating. Find out more about our MBA credentials.

Research excellence

The 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia results highlight Griffith’s performance at world standard or above across more than 50 different disciplines. With over 1,700 experts conducting research across all major academic disciplines, Griffith is focused on understanding the world we live in and improving people’s lives.

Griffith was rated ‘well above world-standard’ for the following 24 fields of research:

  • Chemical sciences
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Criminology
  • Dentistry
  • Ecological applications
  • Ecology
  • Environmental sciences
  • Environmental science and management
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Macromolecular and materials chemistry
  • Materials engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Medical microbiology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nursing
  • Oncology and carcinogenesis
  • Optical physics
  • Physical chemistry (incl. structural)
  • Physical sciences
  • Political science
  • Quantum physics
  • Technology
  • Tourism

Teaching and learning

Our innovative teaching methods and learning experiences set us apart