Top 20 Universities for PhD Study in Australia in 2023
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Top 20 Universities for PhD Study in Australia in 2023

Written by Hannah Slack

Australia’s universities are well-established in the global top 250 and its government places great value on international PhD students, with generous post-study work visas.

We’ve taken a look at the latest global ranking information to find out which universities could be best for PhD study.

Top 20 Australian Universities in 2023
University THE 2023 QS 2023 ARWU 2022
University of Melbourne 34 33 32
Monash University 44 75 80
University of Queensland 53 47 51
University of Sydney =54 =71 60
Australian National University 62 30 70
UNSW Sydney =71 45 -
University of Adelaide 88 109 101-150
University of Western Australia =131 90 99
University of Technology Sydney 133 137 201-300
Macquarie University 175 =195 201-300
Curtin University 201-250 193 201-300
University of Newcastle 201-250 192 201-300
Queensland University of Technology 201-250 =22 201-300
Western Sydney University 201-250 501-510 301-400
University of Wollongong 201-250 =185 201-300
Australian Catholic University 251-300 801-1000 501-600
Bond University 251-300 =481 201-300
University of Canberra 251-300 511-520 801-900
Deakin University 201-250 266 201-300
Griffith University 251-300 =300 201-300
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 PhD study?

Australia’s diverse culture and unique ecology means that some subjects can only be researched there. Plus, if you’re not keen on the idea of an oral exam, many Australian universities don’t actually assess doctoral candidates using a viva.

If you'd like some more tips and tricks on how to use PhD rankings effectively to choose the best university for postgraduate study, have a look at our guide.

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Last Updated: 06 December 2022