University of Cape Town: Rankings

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The University of Cape Town ranked 1st in South Africa and 252nd in the World 2021 overall rankings, plus got TOP 100 in 23 academic topics. EduRank's ranking for the University of Cape Town is based on 3 factors: research performance (a proprietary algorithm evaluated 64,979 publications and 2,119,511 citations), non-academic reputation, and the impact of 160 notable alumni .

RankRanking
#252 of 14,160In the World
#1 of 1,103In Africa
#1 of 26In South Africa
#1 of 2In Cape Town
#12 of 1,003For Wildlife and Fisheries Management & Conservation
#22 of 1,023For Archaeology
#29 of 1,036For Human Rights Law
#309 of 8,209For Alumni Impact
#354 of 14,160For Non-academic Prominence
Top100For 20 other topics

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Medicine

The University of Cape Town ranked 1st for Medicine in South Africa and 191st in the World with 24,026 publications made and 928,296 citations received. Main research topics: Surgery, Public Health, Health Science, Immunology, Healthcare Management (MHA).

RankRanking
#1 of 24In South Africa
#1 of 262In Africa
#191 of 4,839In the World

University of Cape Town
Medicine Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
1990221240
1991236212
1992213238
1993177165
1994200276
1995181241
1996173219
1997241515
1998180414
1999180335
2000200516
2001222540
2002230736
20032311016
20042861431
20054652181
20064432237
20074782550
20086174170
20096993715
20107365413
20118834474
2012112710711
201312156281
201413847315
2015149810994
2016154411525
2017164010251
201815229899
201916047145
202020478997

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

The University of Cape Town ranked 1st for Liberal Arts & Social Sciences in South Africa and 126th in the World with 14,649 publications made and 439,821 citations received. Main research topics: Demography, Sociology, Political Science, Communications and Public Relations, Law.

RankRanking
#1 of 24In South Africa
#1 of 267In Africa
#126 of 5,152In the World

University of Cape Town
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
19909794
19919683
19927970
19938464
19949798
1995112110
1996127178
1997148316
1998110204
1999114147
2000138295
2001142332
2002148393
2003183591
2004216762
20052491082
20063181053
20073281039
20084452053
20094702025
20105462069
20116061811
20127596420
20138342797
20149373406
20159805296
201610795535
20179634319
20189254846
201910003907
202011054413

Biology

The University of Cape Town ranked 1st for Biology in South Africa and 294th in the World with 12,273 publications made and 530,835 citations received. Main research topics: Immunology, Virology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Botany.

RankRanking
#1 of 24In South Africa
#1 of 264In Africa
#294 of 4,578In the World

University of Cape Town
Biology Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
1990115143
1991125147
1992122202
1993118137
1994135248
1995107155
1996108207
1997147331
1998130298
1999139323
2000158679
2001150491
2002168643
2003198856
20041951045
20052701366
20062991572
20073741724
20084432578
20094613031
20104092538
20114452621
20125344082
20135993069
20146023881
20157123566
20166914900
20177004109
20185952833
20196132464
20206953723

Environmental Science

The University of Cape Town ranked 1st for Environmental Science in South Africa and 87th in the World with 10,260 publications made and 437,659 citations received. Main research topics: Ecology, Geography and Cartography, Geology, Environmental Management, Oceanography.

RankRanking
#1 of 23In South Africa
#1 of 244In Africa
#87 of 4,129In the World

University of Cape Town
Environmental Science Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
199094149
1991111197
1992102219
199399146
1994105190
1995113272
1996113282
1997134317
1998100322
1999140401
2000130634
2001134550
2002180602
20032081134
20042221698
20051981083
20062581038
20073431517
20083311654
20093551996
20103711873
20113882442
20124121500
20134922119
20144612078
20155262242
20165682752
20175812349
20184592509
20195402087
20205662047

Physics

The University of Cape Town ranked 2nd for Physics in South Africa and 523rd in the World with 5,567 publications made and 201,452 citations received. Main research topics: Astrophysics and Astronomy, Materials Science, Quantum and Particle physics, Theoretical Physics, Nuclear Physics.

RankRanking
#2 of 22In South Africa
#2 of 183In Africa
#523 of 4,160In the World

University of Cape Town
Physics Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
19904329
19916470
19924943
19936057
19949284
199582132
199653130
199787187
199884121
199977112
200077108
200185112
200296208
200392112
200479181
200576194
2006116354
2007149397
20081521477
20091911249
2010196995
20112261319
20122321152
20132731497
20142962041
20152701361
20163422758
20172992037
20182631328
20193312365
20203132273

Psychology

The University of Cape Town ranked 1st for Psychology in South Africa and 268th in the World with 4,893 publications made and 179,080 citations received. Main research topics: Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology, Education Majors, Child Psychology.

RankRanking
#1 of 23In South Africa
#1 of 118In Africa
#268 of 3,753In the World

University of Cape Town
Psychology Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
19901728
19912021
19921720
1993278
19943428
19952836
19963138
19972530
19983254
19991625
200032139
200139229
20023077
200341176
200475318
200575517
2006130432
2007116923
2008156855
2009158863
20102091595
2011215835
20122832036
20133141620
20143391461
20153341353
20164251656
20173972152
20182781929
20193191015
20203231903

Business

The University of Cape Town ranked 1st for Business in South Africa and 233rd in the World with 4,016 publications made and 79,886 citations received. Main research topics: Public Policy / Administration, Occupational Safety and Health, Investment Banking and Stock trading, Management Information Systems, Human Resource Management.

RankRanking
#1 of 22In South Africa
#1 of 186In Africa
#233 of 4,080In the World

University of Cape Town
Business Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
1990195
19912413
1992910
19931411
19942113
19952222
19962858
19972886
19982121
19992156
20003560
200137127
20023884
200356217
200466346
200572126
2006113296
200780216
2008149410
2009119204
2010152456
2011178369
2012252712
2013220474
2014273716
2015276538
2016325926
2017315969
2018253572
2019270546
2020267444

Economics

The University of Cape Town ranked 1st for Economics in South Africa and 126th in the World with 3,615 publications made and 83,319 citations received. Main research topics: Development Studies, Investment Banking and Stock trading, Political Economy, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Finance.

RankRanking
#1 of 22In South Africa
#1 of 156In Africa
#126 of 3,117In the World

University of Cape Town
Economics Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
19903013
19912011
1992127
19931816
1994189
19952512
19962638
19972626
19982654
19992251
20003441
20013345
20025292
200346168
200451318
200576166
200696304
2007113291
2008115417
2009114560
2010137331
2011172461
2012217870
2013196532
2014234720
2015213510
2016283681
2017277946
2018225646
2019199792
2020244891

Art & Design

The University of Cape Town ranked 2nd for Art & Design in South Africa and 240th in the World with 1,372 publications made and 13,284 citations received. Main research topics: Creative Writing, Literature, Art History, Multimedia, Aesthetics.

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

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

University of Cape Town
Art & Design Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
1990814
199150
199271
199380
199461
1995102
1996132
1997176
199895
1999114
2000167
20012430
20022416
20033026
20043337
20052520
20065144
20073650
20085953
20095365
20106370
20117996
20127488
201379142
201484170
20159965
201690106
20177171
201868115
201972193
20207278

Other rankings

Non-core subjects for the University of Cape Town