30 October 2012

The University of Queensland was recently ranked one of the world's top universities for social sciences by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-13.

UQ was ranked 40 in the world for social sciences, which includes the areas of: psychology, journalism, communication, education, political science, international studies, sociology, and social work, among others.

The impressive score was driven by indicators including teaching, research, international, outlook, citations and industry income.

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Professor David de Vaus said he was delighted with the University's strong performance in the latest rankings, which was consistent with recent global rankings.

“It is a credit to the achievements of faculty staff, students and alumni that UQ consistently performs well in this category,” Professor de Vaus said.

“Despite competing in an international arena, our social science programs, leading research and excellent teachers continue to be recognised,” he said.

Many of UQ's social and behavioural sciences programs are the leading programs in their field in Queensland. They attract domestic and international students who want to contribute to positive change, be it on a local, national or global scale.

“We offer a range of practical, industry-focused programs; state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities; and access to award winning teachers and researchers – many of whom are world leaders in their fields," Professor de Vaus said.

“Our programs provide students with the strongest possible foundation for their careers by ensuring that they develop strong theoretical knowledge and practical skills in every stage of their degrees," he said.

To learn more about studying social and behavioural sciences at UQ, please visit www.uq.edu.au/study