Health innovation recognition in QS rankings

La Trobe University has achieved impressive results in the prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject, confirming its position as a global leader of tertiary education, particularly in health research and teaching innovation.

Notably, La Trobe has strengthened its performance in Nursing, which has entered the top 50 for the first time and is now ranked 44 in the world. It joins Sports-related Subjects in the top 50, which ranked 46 in the latest rankings.

Medicine has also entered the rankings for the first time, placing in the world’s top 200 at 192 and ranked third in Victoria and tenth nationally.

In addition, Archaeology has moved into the top 51-100 band, up from the top 150 (placing equal second in Victoria and equal fifth in Australia), while Anthropology has again ranked in the 51-100 band (equal second in Victoria and equal fourth in Australia), and Education has entered the top 200.

La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor Theo Farrell said these significant results recognise the commitment of La Trobe staff in their pursuit of research and teaching that has the power to transform lives on both a national and global scale.

“It is fantastic to see La Trobe once again excel in the prestigious QS World rankings, and in particular to see Nursing enter the top 50 for the first time, with Medicine ranked in the world’s top 200 universities,” Professor Farrell said.

“With an estimated shortage of 100,000 nurses by 2025*, especially in rural and regional communities, La Trobe is making a significant investment in health innovation across its teaching and research that will help address this critical skills shortage.

“We are also contributing to finding a solution to the rural doctor shortage through our highly successful end-to-end Rural Medical Pathway Program, where our Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) students at our Bendigo and Albury-Wodonga campuses go on to study the University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Medicine postgraduate program in Shepparton.

“I congratulate all of our dedicated staff who have contributed to such impressive results across wide-ranging subjects including Archaeology and Anthropology which have again ranked in the world’s top 100.”

Other La Trobe highlights include:

Top 50 subjects

  • Nursing (=44, 4th in Victoria, 9th in Australia)
  • Sports-related subjects (46, 5th in Victoria, 9th in Australia)

Top 100

  • Archaeology (Equal 2nd in Victoria, equal 5th in Australia)
  • Anthropology (Equal 2nd in Victoria, equal 4th in Australia)

Top 200

  • Medicine (192, 3rd in Victoria, 10th in Australia)
  • Linguistics (Equal 3rd in Victoria, equal 7th in Australia)
  • Education (Equal 9th in Australia)
  • Sociology (3rd in Victoria, equal 7th in Australia)
  • Psychology (Equal 3rd in Victoria, equal 9th in Australia)

Top 250

  • Law (Equal 3rd in Victoria, equal 10th in Australia)
  • History (Equal 7th in Australia)
  • Politics and International Studies (Equal 7th in Australia)
  • Communication and Media Studies (Equal 9th in Australia)

About the QS rankings:

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024 were produced by analysis of reputation and research output. 1,561 global institutions were ranked across 55 narrow subjects and 5 broad subject areas utilising a set of indicators with variable weights. Those indicators are academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per paper, H-Index and international research network.

*Health Workforce Australia


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