Top Universities To Study in Australia

Top Universities To Study in Australia
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Top Universities To Study in Australia: Home to more than 330,000 international students, Australia is one of the world’s most popular study abroad destinations. And with good reason – Australia has an excellent higher education system, with plenty of world-class universities to choose from.

This page takes a look at how Australian institutions fare in the three main global university league tables.

Australian universities in global rankings

The following table gives the top 20 universities in Australia in 2021. Information is based on the current rankings published by Times Higher Education, QS and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Each uses its own methodology. You can find out more in our guide to university rankings for postgraduate study.

Top Universities To Study in Australia 2021

University THE 2021 QS 2021 ARWU 2020
University of Melbourne 31 41 35
University of Sydney =51 40 74
Australian National University 59 =31 67
University of Queensland =62 46 54
Monash University =64 55 85
UNSW Sydney 67 44 74
University of Adelaide =118 =106 151-200
University of Western Australia 139 92 85
University of Technology Sydney =160 =133 201-300
University of Canberra =184 =456 601-700
Queensland University of Technology 186 =217 301-400
Macquarie University =195 =214 201-300
Curtin University 201-250 =217 201-300
Griffith University 201-250 =303 301-400
James Cook University 201-250 =462 301-400
La Trobe University 201-250 =398 301-400
University of Wollongong 201-250 196 201-300
Australian Catholic University 251-300 801-1000 501-600
Deakin University 251-300 =275 201-300
Flinders University 251-300 =423 401-500


Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.

Find More list of Universities here.

So, how good are Australian universities for Masters study?

Australia performs impressively in the three main world university rankings, with eight institutions featuring in the top seven of each league table. There’s impressive strength in depth, too – the top 20 Australian universities are all among the best 300 in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Outside the traditional academic powerhouses of America and the UK, Australia more than earns its place as one of the most popular destinations for international postgraduates, combining research and teaching excellence.

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You could also take a look at global university rankings by subject if you’re trying to judge the suitability of a particular university for your programme. Masters qualifications are often highly specialised, so the quality of an individual department might be more important than the overall performance of a university.