UCT World Ranking

World rankings

  • 1st in Africa (Quacquarelli Symonds 2019)
  • 200th in the world (Quacquarelli Symonds 2019)
  • 1st in Africa (Times Higher Education 2017–18)
  • 171st in the world (Times Higher Education 2017–18)
  • 1st in Africa (Quacquarelli Symonds 2018)
  • 191st in the world (Quacquarelli Symonds 2018)
  • 2nd in Africa (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017)
  • 301–400 in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017)
  • 1st in Africa (US News Best Global Universities 2017)
  • 112th in the world (US News Best Global Universities 2017)
  • 2nd in Africa (Center for World University Rankings 2016)
  • 265th in the world (Center for World University Rankings 2016)
BRICS rankings
  • 4th (Times Higher Education 2017 BRICS and Emerging Economies)
  • 13th (Quacquarelli Symonds 2018 BRICS)

BRICS: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa

Subject rankings

Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2018

Top 20

  • 16th in the world (mining and mineral engineering)

Top 50

  • 45th in the world (oceanography)

Top 100

  • 51st – 75th in the world (public health)
  • 76th – 100th in the world (geography)

Quacquarelli Symonds 2018

Top 20

  • 11th in the world (development studies)

Top 50

  • 37th in the world (sports-related subjects)
  • 49th in the world (geography)

Top 100

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • English language and literature
  • Law and legal studies
  • Life sciences and medicine

Times Higher Education 2016–17

Top 100

  • 1st in Africa, 61st in the world (clinical, pre-clinical and health)

US News Best Global Universities 2017

Top 100

  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Social sciences and public health

Center for World University rankings 2017

Top 5

  • 3rd in the world (ornithology)
  • 4th in the world (area studies)

ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2017

Top 10

  • 8th in the world (mining and mineral engineering)

Top 50

  • 40th in the world (public health)

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