UM is ranked in the 301-350 bracket in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2020 with a global ranking of No 9 in International Outlook, No 42 in the THE Asia University Rankings, No 60 in the THE Asia-Pacific University Rankings, and No 52 in the THE Young University Rankings. In the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2020, it is ranked No 387. In the Association of Portuguese Speaking Universities, it is ranked No 2. In the Essential Sciences Indicators (ESI) rankings, it is among the top 1% in six subjects, namely Engineering, Chemistry, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Computer Science, Clinical Medicine, and Social Sciences, General.
In the QS World University Rankings 2020, it is ranked among the top 400 in teaching and research, and among the top 300 in terms of the citation frequency of academic papers published by its faculty members. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, UM is ranked No 41 in Hospitality and Leisure Management, in the 201-250 bracket in Linguistics, and in the 301-350 bracket in Economics & Econometrics, Engineering – Electrical & Electronic, and Computer Science & Information Systems. In the THE World University Rankings 2019, it is ranked in the 101-125 bracket in Engineering and Technology, in the 151-175 bracket in Psychology, in the 176-200 bracket in Computer Sciences, in the 201-250 bracket in Education, and in the 301-400 bracket in Business & Economics, Social Sciences, and Life Sciences.