North-West University: Rankings

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North-West University ranked 8th in South Africa and 1012th in the World 2021 overall rankings, plus got TOP 50% in 93 academic topics. EduRank's ranking for North-West University is based on 3 factors: research performance (a proprietary algorithm evaluated 19,154 publications and 269,335 citations), non-academic reputation, and the impact of 10 notable alumni .

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#1012 of 14,160In the World
#11 of 1,103In Africa
#8 of 26In South Africa
#26 of 1,003For Theology / Divinity / Religious studies
#84 of 1,036For Human Rights Law
#202 of 1,090For International Law
#1875 of 8,209For Alumni Impact
#1764 of 14,160For Non-academic Prominence
Top50%For 90 other topics

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Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

North-West University ranked 7th for Liberal Arts & Social Sciences in South Africa and 444th in the World with 6,283 publications made and 54,180 citations received. Main research topics: Sociology, Theology / Divinity / Religious studies, Political Science, Demography, Philosophy.

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#7 of 24In South Africa
#7 of 267In Africa
#444 of 5,152In the World

North-West University
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
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199560
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199731
199842
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200568120
200685180
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2008124209
2009200219
2010204274
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2012443433
2013658546
2014660685
2015599453
20166391828
2017493875
2018464898
2019464940
2020497819

Medicine

North-West University ranked 8th for Medicine in South Africa and 937th in the World with 3,230 publications made and 58,390 citations received. Main research topics: Public Health, Health Science, Clinical Psychology, Nursing, Pharmacology.

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#8 of 24In South Africa
#27 of 262In Africa
#937 of 4,839In the World

North-West University
Medicine Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
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199510
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2011146583
2012163273
2013220482
20142611082
2015266703
20163081535
20172561655
2018289897
2019330840
20204181238

Biology

North-West University ranked 8th for Biology in South Africa and 1051st in the World with 2,852 publications made and 47,847 citations received. Main research topics: Agricultural Science, Zoology, Botany, Pharmacology, Biochemistry.

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#8 of 24In South Africa
#22 of 264In Africa
#1051 of 4,578In the World

North-West University
Biology Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
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199500
199623
199710
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200533130
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200747120
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200970255
201084251
2011112407
2012156287
2013199763
2014190514
2015216593
2016267618
2017239968
20182501042
2019276840
2020329766

Environmental Science

North-West University ranked 8th for Environmental Science in South Africa and 600th in the World with 2,720 publications made and 39,954 citations received. Main research topics: Geography and Cartography, Ecology, Environmental Management, Agricultural Science, Environmental Chemistry.

RankRanking
#8 of 23In South Africa
#9 of 244In Africa
#600 of 4,129In the World

North-West University
Environmental Science Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
199530
199610
199710
199821
199967
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200235
2003810
20041960
20052751
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20073848
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200969184
201094223
2011112172
2012190370
2013220374
2014219649
2015248629
2016260818
20172501013
2018176651
2019217726
2020260745

Psychology

North-West University ranked 7th for Psychology in South Africa and 518th in the World with 2,464 publications made and 45,603 citations received. Main research topics: Social Psychology, Education Majors, Child Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Organizational / Business / IO Psychology.

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#7 of 23In South Africa
#7 of 118In Africa
#518 of 3,753In the World

North-West University
Psychology Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
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20052877
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200736176
200869304
200965169
201071363
2011113271
2012148500
2013251620
2014288650
2015219436
2016287887
2017204402
2018175469
2019154347
2020187344

Business

North-West University ranked 7th for Business in South Africa and 547th in the World with 2,093 publications made and 20,394 citations received. Main research topics: Marketing, Hospitality and Hotel Management, Management, Public Policy / Administration, Human Resource Management.

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#7 of 22In South Africa
#7 of 186In Africa
#547 of 4,080In the World

North-West University
Business Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
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199610
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199828
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20041415
20052583
20063274
20072036
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201065150
2011136225
2012166234
2013201214
2014227272
2015194180
2016226401
2017155163
2018138247
2019155334
2020158480

Chemistry

North-West University ranked 9th for Chemistry in South Africa and 1422nd in the World with 1,642 publications made and 33,062 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Radiochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Chemical Engineering.

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#9 of 24In South Africa
#30 of 235In Africa
#1422 of 4,409In the World

North-West University
Chemistry Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
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200121
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200310
20041332
20052666
20062443
20072673
200839116
200937127
201052268
201144198
201274179
201379183
2014116409
2015149781
2016148602
2017166840
2018157785
2019180772
2020193809

Engineering

North-West University ranked 10th for Engineering in South Africa and 1415th in the World with 1,605 publications made and 21,938 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Automation and Control engineering, Renewable Energy Engineering, Environmental Engineering.

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#10 of 23In South Africa
#28 of 235In Africa
#1415 of 4,716In the World

North-West University
Engineering Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
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200310
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20051414
20063052
20072144
20084488
20092872
201047184
20117283
201291133
2013101280
2014159256
2015152401
2016138294
2017150665
2018132490
2019162611
2020169625

Physics

North-West University ranked 8th for Physics in South Africa and 1265th in the World with 1,540 publications made and 56,099 citations received. Main research topics: Astrophysics and Astronomy, Materials Science, Theoretical Physics, Nanotechnology, Astrobiology.

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#8 of 22In South Africa
#21 of 183In Africa
#1265 of 4,160In the World

North-West University
Physics Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
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2016109566
2017130679
2018123470
2019162648
2020184759
SpecialitySouth Africa rankAfrica rankWorld rank
Astrophysics and Astronomy22253
Theoretical Physics59608
Astrobiology610718
Nanotechnology9151309
Materials Science12351640

Economics

North-West University ranked 8th for Economics in South Africa and 476th in the World with 1,412 publications made and 9,667 citations received. Main research topics: Development Studies, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Investment Banking and Stock trading, Finance, Actuarial Science.

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#8 of 22In South Africa
#10 of 156In Africa
#476 of 3,117In the World

North-West University
Economics Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
199530
199610
199700
199818
199910
200010
200120
200210
200320
200487
20052048
20061819
2007143
20083145
20094750
20104194
20116881
201211689
201313999
2014187136
201511686
2016148191
2017126110
2018103136
20197791
2020100146

Art & Design

North-West University ranked 6th for Art & Design in South Africa and 502nd in the World with 1,043 publications made and 2,481 citations received. Main research topics: Literature, Creative Writing, Art History, Aesthetics, Fashion Design.

Please note that our approach to topical rankings is based on scientific outputs and therefore prefers institutions researching arts through computer science.

RankRanking
#6 of 19In South Africa
#6 of 69In Africa
#502 of 2,801In the World

North-West University
Art & Design Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
200220
200300
200481
2005202
2006101
2007161
2008131
2009217
20104517
20115311
201210538
201314836
201412066
201512626
201610246
20177171
20185944
20195343
20205543

Mathematics

North-West University ranked 8th for Mathematics in South Africa and 815th in the World with 837 publications made and 9,514 citations received. Main research topics: Math Teachers, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Actuarial Science.

RankRanking
#8 of 22In South Africa
#11 of 139In Africa
#815 of 3,475In the World

North-West University
Mathematics Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
199000
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199210
199310
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199500
199610
199700
199811
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200110
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200467
20051513
20061212
20071214
20082441
20092639
20101862
20114533
201260196
20136166
201473159
201576142
201684172
201773162
201859195
201989148
202071111
SpecialitySouth Africa rankAfrica rankWorld rank
Math Teachers79354
Actuarial Science44503
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics914783
Statistics89804
Applied Mathematics815825

Other rankings

Non-core subjects for North-West University

SpecialitySouth AfricaAfricaWorld Rank
Information Technology68454
Computational Linguistics511884
Computer Science8181309
Artificial Intelligence (AI)9331760