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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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|James Cook University||201-250||=377||201-300|
|University of Wollongong||201-250||=212||201-300|
|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.|
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.
Ready to start looking for your ideal study abroad opportunity? Browse and compare Masters degrees in Australia on FindAMasters.com.
Last updated - 01/10/2019