Best universities in Australia 2024

Find the best universities in Australia with Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2024 data

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Australia Rank 2024 World University Rank 2024  World University Rank 2023UniversityCityState/territory
1 37  34 University of MelbourneMelbourneVictoria
2 54  44 Monash UniversityMelbourneVictoria
3 60  =54 University of SydneySydneyNew South Wales
4 67  62 Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralian Capital Territory
5 70  53 The University of QueenslandBrisbaneQueensland
6 84  =71 UNSW SydneyKensingtonNew South Wales
7 =111  88 University of AdelaideAdelaideSouth Australia
8 =143  =131 The University of Western AustraliaPerthWestern Australia
9 148  133 University of Technology SydneySydneyNew South Wales
10 180  175 Macquarie UniversitySydneyNew South Wales

1. University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne was founded in 1853, making it the second-oldest university in the country.

Nobel prizewinner Peter Doherty (physiology and medicine) and fellows of the Royal Society David Solomon and David Boger all teach or research at Melbourne.

It is home to 47,000 students and 6,500 members of staff, and has 280,000 alumni around the world (some 15 per cent of whom live outside Australia).

More than 12,000 international students are enrolled at the University of Melbourne and, if you do get a place there, you will be joining students from 130 countries.

2. Monash University

Monash University was founded in 1958 and is the largest university in Australia.

Famous alumni include musician Nick Cave, Booker Prize-winning novelist Peter Carey and playwright David Williamson.

The university was named after the engineer, military leader and public administrator Sir John Monash.

Students can choose from more than 6,000 courses across 10 faculties: art, design and architecture; arts; business and economics; education; engineering; information technology; law; medicine, nursing and health sciences; pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences; and science.

The university has many campuses across Victoria and Australia, as well as international campuses in Malaysia, Italy, India and China. It operates several libraries at all its campuses, housing more than 3.2 million items in total.

3. University of Sydney

Founded in 1851, the University of Sydney is the oldest university in Australia.

Approximately 46,000 students attend the University of Sydney, representing some 134 nations.

The are more than 280 overseas exchange programmes in place with more than 30 countries.

No fewer than five Australian prime ministers attended the university, including Edmund Barton who, in 1901, won Australia’s first ever federal election.

There are more than 90 research centres at the university undertaking globally recognised research in a range of areas.

4. Australian National University

The Australian National University was established in 1946. It is located in Canberra, Australia’s capital city and seat of government.

The university was originally created as a postgraduate research university by the Parliament of Australia.

It counts six Nobel prizewinners among its faculty and alumni, and is even run by a Nobel laureate. Brian Schmidt – who won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics (with Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess) for providing evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating – is the institution’s vice-chancellor.

ANU has many partnerships with international universities, including National University of Singapore.

5. The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland has about 40,000 students enrolled, including 12,000 international students from 141 countries.

It also has one of Australia’s largest PhD cohorts, with about 13,800 postgraduate students registered.

Famous graduates include a Nobel laureate, two Fortune 500 company CEOs, Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush and poet Bronwyn Lea.

The university’s main campus is located in the green and leafy inner Brisbane suburb of St Lucia – one of the most affluent areas of the city. There are two other campuses as part of the university and 40 teaching and research sites.

About a third of the students come from overseas, from more than 142 countries.