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UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - RANKING

Melbourne, VictoriaLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1853Established Year
  52745Enrollment

University of Melbourne Ranking 2020-21

Komal Yadav Komal Yadav
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Established in the year 1853, University of Melbourne has been constantly ranking among the top universities of the world. It has always managed to secure a place among top 50 institutions internationally. 

Students can apply to courses offered by University of Melbourne in over 100 study areas. All its programs have also been ranking in top 10 among Australian universities and in top 50 across the world. The university has always been given good scores for research and employability by various ranking agencies like THE and QS News. 

University has over 20 graduate schools, 5 research institutes and 10 residential colleges. Over 50,000 students from 130+ countries were studying here in 2018-19. MBA and Law program of the University of Melbourne is highly regarded among study abroad aspirants.

University of Melbourne Ranking Highlights

QS News World Ranking 202141
THE World Ranking 202032
ARWU World Ranking 201941
Graduate Employability Ranking 20207
World Reputation Ranking 201944
QS MBA Ranking 202026
US News Best Global University in Australia 20201

University of Melbourne World Ranking

According to the QS News World University Rankings, University of Melbourne ranking dropped slightly from 38 in 2020 to 41 in 2021. Ranking slightly improved from 42 in 2016 to 38 in 2020 but overall it has been constantly dropping from 2014. 

QS News World University Ranking

Following are the criteria and respective scores given to the university by QS News while evaluating its position among world universities:

CriteriaScore (Out of 100)
Overall76.5
Academic Reputation99.1
Employer Reputation97.3
Faculty Student18.8
Citations per Faculty65.4
International Faculty97.4
International Students100

Graduate Employability Ranking of the university dropped from 6 in 2019 to 7 in 2020. However, looking at the last 4 year trend, the position has improved significantly from 11 in 2017 to 7 in 2020. It has been given an overall score of 94.9 out of 100 while determining its Graduate Employability Ranking.

Graduate Employability Ranking

Scores achieved by university in various criterias that helped in determining overall scores are:

CriteriaScore (Out of 100)
Employer Reputation98.9
Alumni Outcomes94.4
Partnership with Employers93.8
Employer-Student Connections71.6
Graduate Employment Rate95.7

THE World University Ranking of 2020 placed university at 32nd position. Unlike QS News, THE ranking of University of Melbourne has been improving continuously from the past 10 years. In 2011, it was 36 and moved further up 4 positions by 2020.

THE World University Ranking

Overall score given by Times Higher Education in world university ranking of 2020 is 77.8 which could be further broken down as follows: 

CriteriaScore (Out of 100)
Overall77.8
Research74.1
Teaching65.9
Citations89.8
Industry Income76.3
International Outcome93.1

Other important ranking given by THE to University of Melbourne in Australia are as follows:

  • World Reputation Ranking 2019: 44
  • Impact Ranking (Good health and well-being) 2020: 21
  • Impact Ranking (Partnership for the goals) 2020: 57

Academic Ranking for World Universities (ARWU) of University of Melbourne has improved significantly from 60th position in 2011 to 41st position in 2019. These rankings are based on six indicators including:

  • Number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals
  • Number of highly cited researchers selected by Clarivate Analytics
  • Number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science
  • Number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index
  • Per capita performance
ARWU World University Ranking

University of Melbourne Subject Ranking

Getting admission in any course of University of Melbourne is a matter of prestige for international students. Most of its programs rank within top 50 across the world and under top 10 in Australia. 

As per QS News, University of Melbourne ranks within top 20 among the world universities for 14 subjects for the year 2020. It’s ranking in Australia and across the world for various programs are as follows:

SubjectAustralia RankingWorld Ranking
Accounting and Finance216
Anatomy113
Biology136
Business126
Chemistry246
Communication337
Computer Science132
Dentistry126
Economics123
Electrical Engineering236
Law110
Linguistics223
Mathematics132
Medicine116
Performing Arts216
Psychology117
Statistics132

The full-time MBA program of University of Melbourne is placed at 26th position internationally according to QS News World University Ranking for MBA in 2020. 

As per the reports of Financial Times, Melbourne Business School which is a department of University of Melbourne offering programs such as MBA is ranked at 80th place among the business schools of the world for 2020. 

Financial Times MBA Ranking

According to THE Ranking for 2020, popular subjects of University of Melbourne ranked as follows:

SubjectRankingOverall Score (Out of 100)
Arts and Humanities4260.3
Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health1476.4
Engineering and Technology6861
Life Sciences4172.4
Physical Sciences6864.3
Social Sciences6460.5
Business and Economics3866.8
Computer Science5661.8
Law1274.3
Education2573.2
Psychology3367.8

University of Melbourne National Ranking

US News ranked University of Melbourne at 1st position in 2020 in the list of both Best Global Universities in Australia/New Zealand and Best Global Universities in Australia. 78.8 is the overall score by the agency to this university based on the thirteen indicators that were used for ranking. These are tabulated below:

CriteriaRanking
Global Research Reputation45
Regional Research Reputation1
Publications27
Books17
Conferences185
Normalized Citation Impact174
Total Citations25
Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited28
Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited180
International collaboration - relative to country660
International Collaboration402
Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited29
Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited223

Although the university's ranking has been dropping from past few years, the percentage of international students in total population has increased from 31% in 2014 to 42% in 2018. Thus, it has been more welcoming towards students coming from foreign countries. 

With an acceptance rate of 70% to 80%, admission in University of Melbourne is also not as much difficult as compared to top universities of countries like the USA, UK, Canada etc. Hence, more number of study abroad aspirants are choosing it as the first priority. 

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