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2020 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 2020. 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 2020
University THE 2020 QS 2020 ARWU 2019
University of Melbourne =32 38 41
Australian National University 50 =29 76
University of Sydney 60 42 80
University of Queensland 66 47 54
UNSW Sydney 71 43 94
Monash University =75 =58 73
University of Adelaide =120 106 101-150
University of Western Australia =131 86 99
Queensland University of Technology =179 224 301-400
University of Canberra 193 =484 601-700
University of Technology Sydney =194 =140 201-300
Griffith University 201-250 =320 301-400
James Cook University 201-250 =377 201-300
Macquarie University 201-250 237 201-300
University of Wollongong 201-250 =212 201-300
Curtin University 251-300 230 201-300
Flinders University 251-300 =424 401-500
La Trobe University 251-300 =400 301-400
University of South Australia 251-300 =274 501-600
Western Sydney University 251-300 =468 301-400
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 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.

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 - 01/10/2019

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