Our achievements contribute to UQ’s position in the top 100 of the major world university ranking systems, especially within clinical and pre-clinical health and medicine metrics.

As Queensland's oldest and most established university, UQ has forged a world class reputation, based on our achievements and ability to contribute to our community - locally, nationally, and globally.

QS World University Rankings® (2017)
UQ ranked 47th in the world
UQ ranked 32nd in the world in the field of Life Sciences and Medicine

The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings  (2018)
UQ ranked =65th in the world
UQ ranked 52nd in the world in the subject of Clinical, pre-clinical and health

Academic Rankings of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2017)
UQ overall was ranked 55th worldwide
UQ ranked 22nd in the field of Public Health
UQ ranked in the 76-100 band in the world for the field of Clinical Medicine

US News Best Global Universities (2017)
UQ overall ranked 52nd worldwide
UQ ranked 79th in the field of Clinical Medicine
UQ ranked 32nd in the world for Social Sciences & Public Health

Leaders in Medical Education and Research

  • Wtih more than 2,000 enrolled medical students, we are proud to be the largest single contributor to Queensland's junior medical workforce.
  • More than 400 Research Higher Degree students are contributing to global health challenges through our postgraduate programs and higher degrees.
  • One quarter of our student group is part of our Ochsner medical program, Australia's only cross-continental medical degree for US students.
  • We are Queensland's oldest medical school, with more than 12,000 graduates in our 80 year history.  
  • Partnering locally with Queensland Health and private health services, UQ has the strongest medical teaching and research presence in Queensland. 
  • We have three clinical schools, giving students the opportunity to learn and practise the clinical skills needed to be highly competent doctors.
  • We run one of the most successful Rural Clinical Schools in the country with 80 per cent of UQ Rural Clinical School trained graduates electing to stay at regional teaching hospitals for their intern year.
  • With offshore clinical schools based in New Orleans (USA), and partnerships with institutions around the world, more than 80 per cent of our medical students complete an elective outside Australia and gain a global perspective on clinical practice.
  • Our impressive research track record spans our academic disciplines and in 2012 our researchers, attracted $26.1 million in competitive funding and produced more than 1700 research publications. 
  • More than 2,500 Academic Title Holders contribute to our our teaching and research by mentoring students in real-life settings.

Award-winning students

2015: UQ Medicine PhD students, Liisa Murray and Johanna Schagen, were awarded more than $100,000 in funding from the Asthma Foundation Queensland for asthma research. 
2014: Third year medical undergraduate Charles Baker won the Undergraduate Prize in Canon Australia's Extreme Imaging Competition for applying his background in mathematics to the field of nuclear medicine to improve liver imaging methods.

Award-winning researchers

2015: Professor Ian Frazer, co-creator of the cervical cancer vaccine, won a 2015 European Inventor Award in the Popular Prize section. Professor Frazer co-created the Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine with Dr Jian Zhou, and has won more than 20 significant awards for his contributions to science, including being named an Australian National Living Treasure and Australian of the Year
2015: Professor Jason Roberts won the prestigious European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award for potentially life-saving antibiotic drug therapy research.
2014: PhD student Megan Rossi won the UQ UQ Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition for her gut feeling about kidney disease.
2014: Dr Maree Toombs was awarded $800,000 from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Targeted Call for Research to develop a smartphone app that aims to prevent Indigenous youth suicide.
2014: Professor Roslyn Boyd was awarded $774,450 in NHMRC funding for a study to find better ways of supporting children with Cerebral Palsy.

Award-winning teachers

2015: University of Queensland Teaching Fellowship - Associate Professor Nancy Sturman
2015: Excellence in Leadership award  - Associate Professor Diann Eley, MD/MBBS Program Research Coordinator (for developing a rich research culture in our medical program)
2015: Highly Commended for Excellence in Innovation - Matthew Lamb, Publications Officer (for work on the UQ Medicine research publication collection)
2015: Highly Commended for Excellence in Service - Clinical School Team Leaders  (for delivery of the medical program across our clinical schools)
2014: Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Senior Teaching Excellence Award - Dean's Award for Innovation in Curriculum Development - School of Medicine Teaching and Learning Innovations Conference - Associate Professor Diann Eley
2013: The University of Queensland Awards for Teaching Excellence – Commendation UQ Faculty of Health Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence -  Associate Professor Diann Eley  
2013: School of Medicine Clinical School Teaching Award - Prof Mark Smithers (PA Hospital), Dr Grant Phillips (Rural Clinical School), Dr Mark De Wet (Sunshine Coast Clinical School), Dr David Taylor (Mater Hospital), Dr Douglas Cavaye (Wesley Hospital), Professor John Pearn (School of Medicine)
2013: Medal for Excellence in Clinical Teaching - Professor Mark Smithers
2012: University of Queensland Medical Society Excellence in Clinical Teaching - Professor John Pearn (School of Medicine)
2012: Medal for Excellence in Clinical Teaching - Dr Mark Coulthard

Leaders in our community

2015: Professor Sunil Lakhani, from UQ's School of Medicine and the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, received the Distinguished Pathologist Award for his significant contribution to the field of pathology - the highest award given for surgical pathology in Australia and New Zealand.
2015: UQ Professor of Surgery Stephen Lynch (AC) was appointed as a Companion of the Order of Australia for his contribution to advancements in liver transplant surgery. Professor Lynch was part of the first team that successfully transplanted liver tissue from a living adult into a child.The breakthrough technique, developed in 1989, revolutionised the way transplants were carried out across the world.
2015: A number of UQ Medicine staff were appointed as members in the general division of the Order of Australia in 2015 including Professor Ian Gough (AM), Professor Annemarie Hennessy (AM), Dr Michael Lanigan (AM)  and Dr Clifford Pollard (AM) - each of them for significant service to the community and within their fields of medicine. 
2014: Professor Claire Jackson, Director of Primary Care Research at UQ MEdicine was appointed to carry out an independent review of after-hours primary health care services in Australia.
2014: Dr Alex Markwell was named a Distinguished Young Alumni at The University of Queensland 2014 Alumni Awards.
2014: Distinguished UQ medical alumnus Dr Sam Hawgood was appointed the 10th chancellor of the prestigious University of California San Francisco (UCSF).
2014: The New Zealand Pharmaceutical Management Agency (PHARMAC) appointed UQ Medicine's Professor Jennifer Martin as a new member to the Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee (PTAC).