The University of Canterbury was the first NZ university to receive 5 Stars rating in 2011 by the international ranking agency QS and has maintained its 5 Stars status since then. The QS website states “A typical five-star institution is generally world-class in a broad range of areas, enjoys an excellent reputation and has cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.”

QS also ranked the University of Canterbury 211 in the 2015-2016 World University Rankings. The University is the third ranked University in New Zealand.

The University of Canterbury has 19 subjects ranked in the world’s top 200 (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016). UCs subject areas are ranked as follows:

Engineering – Civil & Structural 49
Accounting and Finance 51-100
Education 51-100
Geography 51-100
Law 51-100
Communication & Media Studies 101-150
English Language and Literature 101-150
Linguistics 101-150
Psychology 101-150
Statistics & Operational Research 101-150
Business and Management 151-200
Computer Science & Information Systems 151-200
Earth & Marine Sciences 151-200
Economics and Econometrics 151-200
Engineering – Chemical 151-200
Engineering – Electrical and Electronic 151-200
Environmental Sciences 151-200
History 151-200
Sociology 151-200

Accredited Qualifications  

The University of Canterbury qualifications are accredited by a number of regulatory and professional bodies including:


Accrediting body

Bachelor of Commerce

The BCom Accounting Major is accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), CPA Australia (Certified Practising Accountants), and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Bachelor of Engineering Institution of Professional Engineers NZ
Bachelor of Laws NZ Law Society
Bachelor of Social Work /Masters of Social Work Social Workers Registration Board
Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology (Honours) New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists’ Association
PG DipClinPsych /PGDipFamPsych NZ College of Clinical Psychologists
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Teach NZ, Ministry of Education
Bachelor of Education Teach NZ, Ministry of Education
Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning Teach NZ, Ministry of Education
Master of Audiology NZ Audiological Society
Master of Professional Accounting accredited by CAANZ, CPA Australia, ACCA
Master of Business Administration (MBA) Association of MBAs
Master of Science in Medical Physics The Australasian College of Physical Scientists & Engineers in Medicine
UC School of Business and Economics

Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB –International).  This accreditation applies to ALL degree programmes offered by the School.

The University is also subject to regular review by the Academic Quality Agency of Universities NZ to enure that appropriate academic standards are maintained.

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