Top 20 Universities for PhD Study in Australia in 2024

Top 20 Universities for PhD Study in Australia in 2024

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 2024
University THE 2024 QS 2024 ARWU 2023
University of Melbourne 37 14 35
Monash University 54 42 77
University of Sydney 60 =19 60
Australian National University 67 =34 84
University of Queensland 70 47 51
UNSW Sydney 84 45 -
University of Adelaide =111 109 151-200
University of Western Australia =131 90 101-150
University of Technology Sydney 133 90 201-300
Macquarie University 175 =130 201-300
Curtin University 201-250 183 201-300
University of Newcastle 201-250 110 401-500
Swinburne University of Technology 251-300 =285 201-300
University of Wollongong 201-250 162 201-300
Deakin University 251-300 =233 201-300
Griffith University 251-300 243 301-400
La Trobe University 251-300 242 301-400
RMIT University 251-300 140 301-400
University of Tasmania 251-300 =307 201-300
Flinders University 301-350 380 201-300
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: 20 November 2023