About University of Canterbury:

Originally founded as Canterbury College in 1873, the University of Canterbury (UC) is the second oldest university in New Zealand. With historic ties to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, UC was by set up scholars who based it on the Oxbridge model. Unlike Oxford, however, women students were permitted from the outset. One of the university’s earliest graduates, Helen Connon, was the first woman in the British Empire (as was) to be granted a degree with Honours. Located in the Christchurch suburb of Ilam, the university is a ten minute drive away from the city centre and close to both mountains and the sea. Its campus houses a variety of facilities including libraries, laboratories and research centres to accommodate its 14,000 students. UC offers 70 degree programmes across five colleges, including Arts, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering and Science, and a School of Law. It also boasts the most extensive network of field stations for research of any New Zealand university, with sites in Antarctica and Nigeria (as part of the Nigerian Montane Forest conservation project) and the country’s leading astronomical research facility at Mount John, Tekapo. The main campus is set within 87 hectares of land and student accommodation is surrounded by playing fields and forests, as well as the renowned Ilam Gardens, famous for its flowers, trees and waterways. The UC campus and Student Union is currently undergoing a huge renovation following the disaster wrought on it by the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. The new building, expected to open in 2018, will include new student accommodation, social and study spaces and, what the university says will be, the most modern teaching and research facilities in the southern hemisphere. Among UC’s alumni are leading New Zealand artist Rita Angus, children’s author Margaret Mahy, classical conductor Gemma New and legendary physicist Ernest Rutherford, whose face graces the nation’s bank notes.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
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By Fields

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Agriculture 286 - - - - - - - - 351-400 351-400 401-450 401-450 351-400
Engineering - - - - - - - - - 451-500 - - - -
Life Sciences - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Medicine - - - - - - - - - 451-500 - - 451-500 -
Natural Sciences - - - - - - - - - 401-450 451-500 401-450 401-450 451-500
Social Sciences 279 - - - - - - - - 351-400 351-400 351-400 351-400 301-350

By Subjects

Subject 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Agricultural Sciences - - - - - - - - - - -
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - - - -
Chemistry - - - - - - - - - - -
Chemical Engineering - - - - - - - 451-500 451-500 401-450 -
Civil Engineering 206 234 213 244 261 250 - 301-350 301-350 301-350 191
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - 451-500 451-500 -
Computer Science - - - - - - 451-500 451-500 - 401-450 451-500
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - 290 - -
Electrical Engineering - 272 - - - - 401-450 401-450 401-450 351-400 401-450
Environment / Ecology 235 204 263 239 266 265 283 - - 295 -
Geosciences - 284 278 289 - - 297 295 - - 296
Immunology - - - - - - - - - - -
Materials Science - - - - - - - - - - -
Mathematics - - - - - - - - - - -
Mechanical Engineering - - - - - - - 301-350 301-350 401-450 -
Microbiology - - - - - - - - - - -
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - - - -
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - - - -
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - - - - - - - - - - -
Physics - - - - - - 351-400 351-400 301-350 301-350 351-400
Plant & Animal Science - - - - - - - 301-350 351-400 401-450 -
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - - - -
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - 301-350 301-350 299
Space Science - - - - - - - - - - -
Energy Science & Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Environmental Science & Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Biomedical Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -