StudyLink logo
Students on a university campus

Top 10 Universities in Australia

Adelaide city, Victoria Square

Top 10 Universities in Australia

International study in Australia is popular for many reasons, one of which is the quality of education provided by its universities. In fact, a number of Australia’s universities consistently rank high in the world university rankings. Listed below are Australia’s top ten universities:

University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne has been around for over 160 years, and it has a reputation for being one of the leaders in research and innovation. Through the years, it has cemented itself as a top university for studies in medicine, engineering, life sciences and social sciences.

Aside from spending time in class, its students also keep busy with the university’s affiliated clubs and societies as well as its facilities such as an indoor lap pool, sports fields, libraries and cafés.

See Also: Universities in Melbourne.

Australian National University

The Australian National University was established as the first university in the country that was primarily focused on research. It later on expanded its offerings, and today, 55% of its students are in programs for higher degree research or graduate courses.

The University consistently ranks high amongst institutions offering studies in arts and humanities as well as multiple sciences. Nature-loving students are able to appreciate the beautiful campus and facilities as well as the University’s commitment to sustainability.

READ MORE: Group of Eight Universities Explained

University of Sydney

The country’s first university, the University of Sydney, is based in the city ranked first in Australia by the QS Best Student Cities. Its campus has been listed by multiple publications as one of the most beautiful in the world, and its students enjoy its range of facilities.

The University is well known for its commitment to research excellence and boasts 75 research centres, it is also rated highly in almost 100 academic fields.

See Also: Universities in Sydney.

University of Queensland

The University of Queensland is another university that consistently ranks high in world rankings due to its strong research efforts in areas of science and technology, as well as medicine.

Students and research fellows are able to use the University’s state of the art facilities like teaching hospitals, agricultural science farms and physics research stations to aid their study.

Monash University

With over 60,000 students, Monash University is the largest in Australia in terms of student body size. It is known for being a member of the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centres, Universities and National Academies, a network that aims to improve global health as well as provides a foundation for the World Health Summit.

In recent years, it was ranked as the best university in the country for engineering and technology by Times as well as for chemistry by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Aside from campuses in Australia, the university also has a presence in Malaysia, South Africa, China, India and Italy.

University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales or (as it is more often called) UNSW Australia prides itself as a leader in research. It also has an outstanding reputation in business and entrepreneurship, having been recognized as one of the top providers in MBA education based on a list released by the Financial Times for 2023.

University of Western Australia

Established in the 1910s, the University of Western Australia today is known for excelling in fields like life and agricultural sciences, psychology, education and earth and marine sciences.

The University has three main campuses where its students and the community can use facilities that range from theatres and museums to laboratories and a medical centre.

University of Adelaide

As a member of Academic Consortium 21, the University of Adelaide is one of the country’s and the world’s most research-intensive universities. It identifies its strength in various fields, including engineering and environmental sciences, physical, chemical and earth sciences as well as mathematical information and computing sciences. It has a few campuses in Australia, and it also offers degree programs in Singapore.

Macquarie University

Macquarie University in Sydney is considered to be a leader in the fields of earth sciences, environmental sciences and physical sciences.  Most recently, several of its researchers secured funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

The university is fully committed to bringing its students and community first class facilities including a swimming and sports complex and an on-campus railway station.

University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle offers top quality degrees and world-class facilities. Majority of its undergraduate degree programs allow students to gain real-world experience, and this contributes to the high employment rate of its graduates. Its bachelor programs have a high employment rate of 90% or above.

To find out more about studying in Australia check out our Australia directory.

Study in Australia

Search for courses now

Universities in Australia

Browse our list of higher education providers in Australia.

Sign up to

Sign up to, the home of quality study abroad advice.

Sign up now
Students with books and test tubes

International study advice

Find out more about the range of subjects that you can study at institutions around the world with our subject guides.

World map on a blackboard
Deciding to study abroad: The first steps

Read StudyLink's suggestions on your first steps when deciding where to study abroad, with helpful tips to make your decision easier.

Students throwing hats
What is a Pre-Masters?

International students finding it difficult to meet conditions of eligibility criteria can choose to enrol in pre-masters courses before applying for a masters degree programme.

Students reading a book
English Language Testing for International Students

Find out more about English language tests, your options and what is required as an overseas student.

Teacher at a whiteboard
How will studying abroad help your career prospects?

Read more about studying abroad, and how it can boost your future career prospects.

See more international study advice