Universities and Higher Education

The Australian higher education system consists of independent, self-governing public and private universities and higher education institutions that award higher education qualifications. There are 38 public universities and 3 private universities in Australia. Seven out of one hundred top universities in the world are Australian.

University Rankings

According to Australian Education Network, the top 19 universities in 2015 are listed as following. More information can be accessed through: http://www.australianuniversities.com.au/rankings/

Aus Rank University World Rank 2014
1 University of Melbourne 32=
2 University of Sydney 45
3 University of Queensland 47
4 Australian National University 72=
5 Monash University 88
6 University of New South Wales 94=
7 University of Western Australia 113
8 University of Adelaide 164
9 Macquarie University 321=
10 The University of Newcastle 346
11 University of Wollongong 348=
12 Queensland University of Technology 352=
13 Curtin University 360=
14 James Cook University 365=
15 University of Tasmania 395
16 Griffith University 417=
17 Deakin University 424=
18 University of Technology Sydney 447=
19 University of South Australia 479=

US News 2014 Best Global Universities Rankings – Australian University Rankings

2014-2015 THE Times Higher Education World University Rankings – Australian University Rankings

Aus Rank
World Rank 2014
(World Rank)(2013)
1 University of Melbourne 33 34
2 Australian National University 45 48
3 University of Sydney 45 48
4 University of Queensland 65 63
5 Monash University 83 91
6 University of New South Wales 109 114
7 University of Western Australia 157 168
8 University of Adelaide 164 201-225
9 University of Technology Sydnet 226-250 301-350
10 The University of newcastle 251-275 2251-275
11= Queensland University of Technology 276-300 276-300
11= University of South Australia 276-300 276-300
11= University of Wollongong 276-300 376-300
14= Charles Darwin University 301-350 301-350
14= Deakin University 301-350 276-300
14= Macquarie University 301-350
17= Murdoch University 351-400 301-350
17= Swinburne University of Technology 351-400 351-400
17= University of Western Sydney 351-400

For more detailed information about the universities you want to apply, simply check out on this website:http://www.myuniversity.gov.au/


The different qualifications you can attain at a university or higher education institution: Source

  • Duration – Two years
  • Completed following – Year 12 or equivalent, Certificate III or Certificate IV
  • Details – The Associate Degree is a short-cycle Degree program that can help with career development if you’re already working and don’t have time to complete a full Bachelor Degree. It can be a pathway to a Bachelor Degree or prepare you for an Advanced Diploma in specialist industry training. An Associate Degree will be about the basics or foundations of your field. It will cover the broad theory and enable you to develop the basic employment-related skills.
  • Duration – Three years
  • Completed following – Year 12 or equivalent, Certificate III or Certificate IV
  • Details – A Bachelor Degree is the basic qualification for entry to a field. It will give you a systematic body of knowledge, the underlying principles and the problem-solving techniques you’ll need to work in the discipline. With deeper content than an Associate Degree, your Bachelor Degree will develop your skills and knowledge to the point where you can pursue postgraduate studies if you want to.
  • Duration – Four years
  • Completed following – Bachelor Degree
  • Details – If you do particularly well in your Bachelor Degree, your institution might grant entry to an additional year of study to enable you to graduate with honours.
  • Duration – 6 months
  • Completed following – Bachelor Degree
  • Details – Your Graduate Certificate will broaden individual skills you already have from an undergraduate program, or develop your knowledge in a new area.
  • Duration – One year
  • Completed following – Bachelor Degree
  • Details – A Graduate Diploma will apply a body of knowledge in a range of contexts for you to undertake professional or highly skilled work and as a pathway for further learning.
  • Duration – 1 to 2 years
  • Completed following – Bachelor Degree (Honours) or Bachelor Degree
  • Details – A Master Degree is a course of independent research, traditional coursework or a combination of the two, and will make you a leader in your field. A Master Degree takes either one year after a Bachelor Degree with honours, or two years after a Bachelor Degree.
  • Duration – Typically 3 years
  • Completed following – Masters Degree
  • Details – The highest award offered by Australian universities, the Doctoral Degree is a research program, although it can have some coursework.