Where Research Meets the Future

In various surveys and rankings, Montauniversität Leoben has stood out with top placements for years.

trendence Graduate Barometer

In the survey “trendence Graduate Barometer 2018”, Montanuniversität Leoben scored 1.8 points on a satisfaction scale from 1 (very satisfied) to 7 (very dissatisfied), the Austrian average being 2.2 points. An impressive 93.9 percent of the interviewed students would recommend studying at Montanuniversität. The students were particularly positive about the professional competence, the availability, motivation and helpfulness of their professors, the practical relevance of their studies and the availability of literature from the university’s library. The city of Leoben was positively rated for pricing levels and its transport infrastructure.


2020 brought a top placement for Montanuniversität Leoben in the renowned "ShanghaiRanking". In the category "Global Ranking of Academic Subjects", Montanuniversität has been ranked 15th in the field of Metallurgical Engineering. On a European scale, Montanuniversität is now placed 2nd after the University of Manchester and has thus surpassed renowned universities such as the University of Oxford (rank 16), MIT (rank 23), and RWTH Aachen (rank 34). Within the field of Metallurgy, all top ranked universities are located in the Far East and the United States, with the University of Science and Technology in Beijing being ranked number one in this category.

Universum Talent Research

Concerning the overall satisfaction with Montanuniversität, the findings of the student survey “Universum Talent Research 2021” is in line with the results of the survey mentioned above. On a scale from 0 (not at all satisfied) to 10 (extremely satisfied), Montanuniversität scored 7.6 points (Austrian average: 6.9), and 16 percent even awarded Montanuniversität with the highest score possible. The survey also showed that attributes such as “international recognition”, “key position within the respective subject area”, “tradition as an acacemic of center of excellence” and “prestige” were strongly associated with Montanuniversität Leoben.
In terms of career opportunities, the results are also striking: 75 percent of students studying at Montanuniversität associate "high employment rate after graduation" with their education, whereas the Austrian average is only 55 percent. This notion may result from the large amount of hands-on experience that Leoben students gain - 89 percent of MUL students have completed internships, the Austrian average is 72 percent.

Employer Ranking

As well as that, Montanuniversität Leoben was rated as a top employer. In the ranking “Austria’s Best Employer 2019” conducted by the magazine “trend”, Montanuniversität was listed once again 1st in the category “Education and Research” and 16th out of 300 companies in the overall ranking.


In the survey “World’s best Universities for Oil, Gas and Petroleum Engineering” conducted by the magazine “CEOWORLD”, Montanuniversität Leoben eventually secured an excellent 3rd place. The list is led by the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering of the University of Tulsa (USA, 98.7 points), followed by the University of Aberdeen (UK, 98.5 points) and Montanuniversität with 98.3 points. The highest possible number of points was 100. Among the Top 35, 15 universities were from the USA and six from the UK. Montanuniversität is the only university in the German-speaking area to be ranked top.