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 2016
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016

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. 40 in the world

More information about the Academic Ranking of World Universities

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017

We are ranked:

  • No. 1 in Australia
  • No. 33 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 2016

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. 49 in the world

More information about the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings

QS World University Rankings 2017

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

We are ranked:

  • #42 in the world (overall)
  • #17 in the world for academic reputation
  • #11 in the world for graduate employability
  • #23 in the world for employer reputation

QS also publishes a series of subject rankings. In the following subject areas for 2017 we are ranked in the world:

Arts and Humanities #17
Art and Design #28
Anthropology #29
Archaeology #51
Architecture #19
Communication and Media Studies #31
English Language and Literature #21
Geography #23
History #28
Modern Languages #=36
Linguistics #24
Performing Arts #26
Politics #38
Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies #51

Engineering and Technology #28
Chemical Engineering #=30
Civil and Structural Engineering #25
Computer Science and Information Systems #14
Electrical and Electronic Engineering #35
Mathematics #=38
Mechanical Engineering #44
Mineral and Mining Engineering #14

Life Sciences and Medicine #13
Anatomy & Physiology #11
Biological Sciences #=23
Dentistry #28
Medicine #19
Nursing #=16
Pharmacy & Pharmacology #=49
Psychology #19
Veterinary Science #=15

Natural Sciences #=29
Agriculture and Forestry #=31
Chemistry #=45
Earth and Marine Sciences #36
Environmental Studies #=19
Physics and Astronomy #48

Social Sciences and Management #14
Accounting and Finance #=14
Business and Management Studies #22
Development Studies #17
Economics and Econometrics #=25
Education and Training #5
Law and Legal Studies #11
Social Policy and Administration #=16
Sociology #=28
Statistics and Operational Research #30

More information about the QS World University Rankings

US News and World Report’s Best Global Universities 2016

Institutions are ranked based on 10 indicators that measure their academic research performance and their global and regional reputations.

We are ranked:

More information about the US News and World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings

Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT), 2016

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

We are ranked:

HEEACT also publishes a series of field and subject rankings

  • No. 1 in Australia and No. 25 in the world for Life Sciences
  • No. 2 in Australia and No. 29 in the world for Social Sciences
  • No. 2 in Australia and No. 33 in the world for Clinical Medicine
  • No. 3 in Australia and No. 35 in the world for Agriculture

More information about the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT) rankings

QS Global 200 Top Business Schools 2014-2015

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. 7 in Asia-Pacific

More information about the Top Business Schools Rankings

The Economist 'Which MBA?' rankings 2016

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. 3 in Asia and Australasia
  • No. 34 in the world

More information about The Economist 'Which 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.

More information about the Economist Most Liveable City index

More information about the QS Best Student City Rankings