UQ’s discipline area of Biological Sciences has improved six places internationally and is ranked second in Australia in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

UQ Biology jumped from a global ranking of 40 in 2017 to equal 34th place in 2018.

Faculty of Science Deputy Executive Dean and Associate Dean (Research) Professor Christine Beveridge said the improvement in rankings was partly a reflection of the increased research funding from international sources, which has almost doubled over the past five years in the Schools of Biological Science and Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience.

“The number of manuscripts with international collaborations has also doubled over the past 10 years,” she said.

“This enhanced international collaboration corresponds with growth at UQ in many areas of biology and leads to many follow-on effects that enhance the reputation of UQ and therefore its global ranking

“Five of UQ’s most highly cited researchers for 2017 are based in the Faculty of Science, including four in the School of Biological Sciences.

“They cover diverse multidisciplinary research in microbial communities, ecology, plant development, environmental sustainability, and coral reefs.

“We are also fortunate to have outstanding infrastructure including the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, Centre for Advanced Imaging, two marine research stations, the Queensland Animal Science Precinct and much more,” she said.

Professor Beveridge said UQ was one of only a few Universities globally which ranked across all of the 48 subject areas featured in the QS World University Rankings.

She said UQ was first in Australia, and 12th globally in environmental sciences and hosts major centres of research excellence in the environmental sciences domain (including three awarded since 2011).

The rankings also place UQ as second in Australia in Agriculture, and in the top three in Australia for Veterinary Science. 

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