WELLINGTON, March 22 - While Auckland University was the best represented with 38 overall placements in the QS World University Rankings By Subject lists released on Tuesday, it doesn't offer New Zealand's best tertiary course.
The top honour belongs to the Otago University with its dentistry class ranking 12th world-wide.
New Zealand's universities improved from last year, getting one more course into various global top 50s.
The study comprising of the expert opinions of 76,798 academics and 44,426 employers also analysed 28.5 million research papers and more than 113 million academic citations.
But it's not just New Zealand's courses improving, the impact of their research is also on the up.
The number of citations per faculty, which measures the number of times their academics are cited by other universities, also grew in the past year from 73.59 to 75.12.
Overall, American universities Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) dominated the top of the subject rankings, taking out 24 number one places between them - 12 apiece.
THE BEST COURSES AT EACH NEW ZEALAND UNIVERSITY
University of Auckland - Archaeology, 20th
University of Otago - Dentistry, 12th
University of Canterbury - Engineering - Civil & Structural, =49th
Victoria University of Wellington - Social Policy & Administration, =50th
Massey University - Veterinary Science, 25th
University of Waikato - Education, 51-100
Auckland University of Technology - Art & Design, 51-100
Lincoln University - Agriculture & Forestry, 51-100