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2019 Australian University Rankings - Top Choices for Postgraduate Study

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 2018. 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 20 Australian Universities in 2019
University THE 2019 QS 2019 ARWU 2018
University of Melbourne =32 39 38
Australian National University 49 24 69
University of Sydney =59 42 68
University of Queensland 69 48 55
Monash University =84 =59 91
University of New South Wales =96 45 101-150
University of Western Australia 134 91 93
University of Adelaide =135 114 101-150
University of Technology, Sydney 196 =160 301-350
James Cook University 201-250 =369 201-300
Macquarie University 201-250 =250 201-300
Queensland University of Technology 201-250 =244 201-300
University of South Australia 201-250 =264 -
University of Wollongong 201-250 =218 201-300
University of Canberra 251-300 601-650 -
Flinders University 251-300 =478 401-500
Griffith University 251-300 =329 301-400
Curtin University 301-350 =250 151-200
La Trobe University 301-350 =397 301-400
University of Newcastle 301-350 =214 301-400
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.

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 150 of each league table. There’s impressive strength in depth, too – the top 20 Australian universities are all among the best 350 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.

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.

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Last updated - 02/10/2018

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