A reputation for excellence

Independent rankings place the University of Melbourne among the world’s leading universities. But what does that mean for you?

Learn from discoveries as they happen

Our outstanding performance in the world rankings reflects our research achievements. With over 100 research centres and institutes, we connect with thought leaders around the world to tackle society’s complex problems in innovative ways. In Australia, our research expenditure is second only to that of CSIRO.

Studying at a research-intensive university means you’ll be at the cutting edge of your field, learning from advances and discoveries as they happen. You’ll be taught by talented academic staff who come to Melbourne from across the globe to join our renowned research communities. You could even rub shoulders with Nobel Laureates and Rhodes Scholars as you cross the quadrangle between classes!

  • # 1 in Australia
  • # 32 in the world
  • # 7 in the world for graduate employability

Rankings in detail

Find your people

Excellence attracts excellence. We’re proud to offer some of the most in-demand degrees in the country. You’ll collaborate in class or in the lab with inspiring, ambitious peers who worked hard to get to Melbourne and want to make the most of every opportunity.

One of the most important reasons the Melbourne Model is successful is that you learn to work with people who are equally driven, but very different to you. They will challenge you to grow and support you in every new endeavour.

Using electrical engineering to develop real-life solutions

After studying the Bachelor of Commerce at Melbourne, Dhanuka Nanayakkara’s interest in computers and electronic devices led him to study the Master of Engineering (Electrical). In his final year project, Dhanuka collaborated with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) to develop a real-time locating solution called the Live Emergency Personnel Tracking (LEPT) system. The system is designed to track firefighters and other deployed personnel during emergency situations, such as bushfires or structural fires. Dhanuka is now a Consultant at KPMG Australia.

The discovery shedding light on birth defects

Researchers at the University of Melbourne have unpicked our decades-long understanding of how babies develop in utero, revealing more about how birth defects may occur.

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Pursuit is our online journal publishing cutting-edge research and insightful commentary by world-leading experts.

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