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2022 Australian University Rankings - Top Choices for Postgraduate Study

Written by Ben Taylor

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 2022. 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 2021
University THE 2022 QS 2022 ARWU 2021
University of Melbourne 33 37 33
Australian National University =54 =27 76
University of Queensland =54 47 51
Monash University 57 58 80
University of Sydney =58 38 69
UNSW Sydney 70 43 -
University of Adelaide 111 108 101-150
University of Western Australia =132 93 96
University of Technology Sydney =160 133 201-300
University of Canberra =170 =436 701-800
Macquarie University 192 200 51
Queensland University of Technology =193 47 201-300
Griffith University 201-250 =290 201-300
La Trobe University 201-250 =362 301-400
Western Sydney University 201-250 =494 301-400
University of Wollongong 201-250 193 201-300
Australian Catholic University 251-300 801-1000 501-600
Curtin University 251-300 =194 201-300
Deakin University 251-300 283 201-300
Flinders University 251-300 =407 401-500
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.

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.

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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