Reputation and rankings

Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis

Our rankings are a wonderful vindication of our research leadership and performance in recent years. Overall, these results underscore the growing international attractiveness of the University of Melbourne as a higher education and research destination.

Professor Glyn Davis
Vice-Chancellor


At the University of Melbourne, we are proud of our outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Independently published world rankings consistently place us as a leader in higher education in Australia, the Asia-Pacific and around the globe.

The most prestigious and highly regarded international rankings of world universities rank us


*Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014
#QS World University Rankings 2013-2014

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013

The ARWU is collated by the Center for World Class Universities and the Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. It ranks the top 500 higher education institutions according to a range of criteria, including: staff and alumni winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals; highly cited researchers; articles published in Nature and Science and science citation indices; and academic performance in relation to the number of academic staff.

We are ranked:

  • No. 1 in Australia
  • No. 54 in the world

More information about the Academic Ranking of World Universities

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014

We are ranked:

  • No. 1 in Australia
  • No. 34 in the world

These rankings of the top universities across the globe employ 13 separate performance indicators designed to capture the full range of university activities, from teaching to research and knowledge transfer.

The Times Higher Education also publishes a series of subject rankings.

More information about the Times Higher Education World University Rankings

The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2014

The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings employ the world's largest invitation-only academic opinion survey to provide the definitive list of the top 100 most powerful global university brands.

We are ranked:

  • No. 1 in Australia
  • No. 43 in the world

More information about the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings

QS World University Rankings 2013-2014

The QS World University Rankings are based on six indicators, including academic reputation, employer reputation and citations per faculty.

For 2013 we are ranked:

  • No. 31 in the world (overall)
  • No. 10 in the world for graduate employability

QS also publishes a series of subject rankings. In 2014 we are ranked No. 1 in Australia in the following 12 subject areas:

Engineering and Technology
Chemical Engineering (No. 16 in the world)
Computer Science & Information Systems (No. 15 in the world)
Electric & Electronic Engineering (No. 28 in the world)
Mechanical Engineering (No. 17 in the world)

Life Sciences and Medicine
Psychology (No. 10 in the world)
Medicine (No. 12 in the world)

Natural Sciences
Chemistry (No. 26 in the world)
Physics and Astronomy (No. 33 in the world)

Social Sciences
Education (No. 2 in the world)
Law (No. 8 in the world)
Accounting and Finance (No. 8 in the world)
Statistics and Operational Research (No. 24 in the world))

More information about the QS World University Rankings

Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT), 2012

These rankings are produced by the National Taiwan University and are based on research productivity, impact and excellence.

We are ranked:

  • No. 1 in Australia
  • No. 3 in the Asia-Pacific
  • No. 35 in the world

HEEACT also publishes a series of field and subject rankings

QS Global 200 Top Business Schools 2013

QS rates business schools across a variety of key criteria. The rating is produced solely on the views of MBA employers and recruiters around the world.

Melbourne Business School ranks:

  • No. 5 in Asia-Pacific

More information about the Top Business Schools Rankings

The Economist 'Which MBA?' rankings 2013

The Economist ranks full-time MBA programs based on a range of criteria, including career opportunities, education experience, salary increase and potential to network.

The Melbourne Business School MBA ranks:

  • No. 2 in Asia and Australasia
  • No. 27 in the world

Melbourne Business School claimed the highest ever ranking for an Australian Business School.

More about the Economist 'Which MBA?' rankings

Financial Times Business School Rankings 2014

We are ranked:

  • No. 2 in Australia (overall measure)
  • No. 68 in the world (overall measure)

More information about the Financial Times Global MBA rankings

Rankings for the city of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is also proudly situated in the heart of the city of Melbourne. We have a long history of actively engaging with community groups across the city, and our reputation and success is closely tied to that of Melbourne as a whole.

  • In 2013, Melbourne was judged as the most liveable city in the world for a third consecutive year by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • Melbourne was also named the 4th most student-friendly city in the QS Best Student City Rankings in 2012.

More information about the Economist Most Liveable City index

More information about the QS Best Student City Rankings

Melbourne City Rankings Infographic