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Top 20 Universities for PhD Study in Australia in 2022

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 2022
University THE 2022 QS 2022 ARWU 2021
University of Melbourne 33 37 33
Australian National University =54 =27 76
University of Queensland =54 47 51
Monash University 57 58 80
University of Sydney =58 38 69
UNSW Sydney 70 43 -
University of Adelaide 111 108 101-150
University of Western Australia =132 93 96
University of Technology Sydney =160 133 201-300
University of Canberra =170 =436 701-800
Macquarie University 192 200 51
Queensland University of Technology =193 47 201-300
Griffith University 201-250 =290 201-300
La Trobe University 201-250 =362 301-400
Western Sydney University 201-250 =494 301-400
University of Wollongong 201-250 193 201-300
Australian Catholic University 251-300 801-1000 501-600
Curtin University 251-300 =194 201-300
Deakin University 251-300 283 201-300
Flinders University 251-300 =407 401-500
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 Updated: 22 November 2021

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