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Top 20 Universities for PhD Study in Australia in 2021

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 2021
University THE 2021 QS 2021 ARWU 2020
University of Melbourne 31 41 35
University of Sydney =51 40 =74
Australian National University 59 31 67
The University of Queensland =62 46 54
Monash University =64 55 =85
UNSW Sydney 67 44 =74
University of Adelaide =118 106 151-200
The University of Western Australia 139 92 =85
University of Technology, Sydney =160 133 201-200
University of Canberra =184 456 601-700
Queensland University of Technology 186 =217 301-400
Macquarie University =195 214 201-300
Curtin University 201-250 =217 201-300
Griffith University 201-250 303 301-400
James Cook University 201-250 462 301-400
La Trobe University 201-250 398 301-400
University of Wollongong 201-250 196 201-300
Australian Catholic University 251-300 801-1000 501-600
Beakin University 251-300 275 201-300
Flinders University 251-300 423 401-500
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 Updates - 29/03/2021

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