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Best Medical Schools in Australia

Australian medical schools are amongst the world’s best! According to the THE – QS World University Rankings 2008, the University of Melbourne is the highest ranked institution for Life Sciences & Biomedicine (1st in Australia and 26th in the world). A total of 6 Australian institutions made it to the World Best 50 schools for Life Sciences & Biomedicine:

  • University of Melbourne (26th)
  • University of Sydney (27th)
  • Monash (30th)
  • University of Queensland (32nd)
  • ANU (37th)
  • UNSW (50th)

List of medical schools offering Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery – MBBS programs:

Australian National University
http://medicalschool.anu.edu.au/

University of Adelaide
http://medicalschool.anu.edu.au/

University of New South Wales
http://www.med.unsw.edu.au/

Griffith University
http://www.griffith.edu.au/health/school-medicine

Deakin University
http://www.deakin.edu.au/hmnbs/medicine/index.php

Monash University
http://www.med.monash.edu.au/

Flinders University
http://som.flinders.edu.au/

University of Melbourne
http://www.medicine.unimelb.edu.au/

University of Notre Dame
http://www.nd.edu.au/fremantle/schools/medicine/medFreo.shtml

University of Queensland
http://www.som.uq.edu.au/

University of Sydney
http://www.medfac.usyd.edu.au/

University of Wollongong
http://www.uow.edu.au/gsm/

University of Western Australia
http://www.meddent.uwa.edu.au/

Bond University
http://www.bond.edu.au/about/faculties/hsm/index.html

James Cook University
http://www.jcu.edu.au/medicine/

University of Tasmania
http://www.healthsci.utas.edu.au/medicine/

University of Western Sydney
http://www.uws.edu.au/health_science

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Australian National University Or University Of Melbourne?

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By Laura TuckerUpdated February 14, 2021

The top two universities in Australia go head-to-head! Find out how location, subject strengths and tuition costs may affect your choice…

If you’re planning to study in Australia (and, let’s face it, why wouldn’t you?), two top universities in Australia loom large as potential study destinations. They are, of course, the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Melbourne, two of the highest-ranking universities in the country.

Ranked joint 29th and 38th in the QS World University Rankings® 2020 respectively, both are among the world’s very best universities, so you’re likely to have a fantastic university experience no matter which one you pick. That said, there are key differences between the two that might make the choice of university easier. Here’s what you need to know.

 Australian National University (ANU)University of Melbourne
QS World University Rankings® 2019Ranked joint 29th in the world; first in AustraliaRated 29th in the world by academics and 72nd by employers417th for faculty/student ratio40th for citations per faculty member (research impact)41st for international faculty ratio30th for international student ratio38th in the world; second in AustraliaRated 15th in the world by academics and 21st by employers587th for faculty/student ratio73rd for citations per faculty109th for international faculty ratio23rd for international student ratio
Subject strengths*Joint 16th in the world for arts & humanitiesJoint 120th for life sciences & medicineJoint 33rd for natural sciencesJoint 61st for engineering & technology23rd for social sciences & management15th in the world for arts & humanities21st for life sciences & medicine38th for natural sciences40th for engineering & technology20th for social sciences & management
Academic reputation*Slightly better-reputed than Melbourne in the fields of arts & humanities and natural sciences.Stronger reputation for life sciences & medicine, engineering & technology and social sciences.
LocationCanberra, Australia’s governmental capitalSmaller and calmerInland, surrounded by mountains, hills and bushMelbourne, Australia’s “cultural capital”Larger and busierOn the south coast of Australia, on Port Philip bay
Student community25,500 students in 2018 (most recent stats available)11,633 undergraduates11,931 postgraduates7,425 international students (31% of total)50,000 students in 2018 (Most recent stats available)25,750 undergraduates24,250 postgraduates18,000 international students (36% of total)
Fees and fundingAnnual undergraduate fees range between $36,480-$48,480 (~US$24,620- $32,719) depending on the chosen course. (2019 figures)Annual undergraduate fees for domestic students range from A$6,684 to $11,155 (~US$4,537-$7,573) – 2019 figures.Annual international undergraduate fees range from $30,112 to $95,648 (~US$20,443-$64,935). (2019 figures).Annual international graduate student fees range from A$41,472 to A$42,784 (~US$28,155-$29,046).

*Based on the broad subject areas of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

QS World University Rankings® 2020

Given both universities are comfortably ranked within the top 50 universities in the world, it’s unsurprising both universities enjoy a stellar reputation among academics and employers. In this year’s world rankings, they both score extremely well in QS’s global academic reputation survey, with ANU ranking ahead of the University of Melbourne joint 29th in the world, compared to ANU’s 38th place. Melbourne also comes out ahead for employer reputation, ranking 21st in the world, while ANU is further behind in 72nd place.

ANU does come out of top in student/faculty ratio, for which it’s ranked 417th, while the University of Melbourne is ranked 587th for this measure. This indicator aims to give an approximate idea of the level of support students may be able to expect, given the number of full-time faculty members employed per student.

ANU also scores better than University of Melbourne for the number of research citations per faculty member, a metric which aims to assess research impact. It’s ranked 40th on this measure, while Melbourne is 73rd.

For international diversity, both are strong performers – unsurprising, given Australia’s long history of welcoming students and academics from overseas. Both are within the global top 50 for their percentage of international students: Melbourne 23rd and ANU 30th. For international faculty members, ANU is even stronger – ranked 41st in the world to Melbourne’s 109th.

In short, it’s a close race all round: ANU and the University of Melbourne lead in three indicators each. However, you may be more influenced by one factor than another (student/faculty ratio or percentage of international students, for example).

Subject strengths 

The latest edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject indicates that ANU is just one place above Melbourne in the broad subject area of arts and humanities, while Melbourne comes out ahead for life sciences, social sciences, and engineering and technology subjects. The two share a similar positions in economics and physics, ranking, but place very differently for subjects such as business and management, with the University of Melbourne in 20th place and ANU ranking 51-100. Contrastingly ANU scores significantly higher than the University of Melbourne in philosophy, ranking 5th and 51-100 respectively.

You can view a direct comparison of how both universities compare for specific disciplines in the table below.

Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Melbourne in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
 ANUMelbourne
Accounting & finance=39th16th
Agriculture & forestry41st38th
Anatomy & physiology15th9th
Anthropology7th19th
Archaeology17th51-100
Architecture17th
Art & design51-10034th
Biological sciences44th=29th
Business & management51-10020th
Chemistry101-15037th
Communication & media studies=35th
Computer science & information systems40th32nd
Dentistry30th
Development studies12th=18th
Earth & marine sciences9th=29th
Economics25th24th
Education & training51-100=14th
Engineering (chemical)32nd
Engineering (civil)22nd
Engineering (electrical)51-10035th
Engineering (mechanical)101-15051-100
Engineering (mining)11th
English language & literature40th17th
Environmental sciences22nd29th
Geography10th15th
History12th26th
Law=15th6th
Linguistics13th22nd
Materials science101-150
Mathematics31st41st
Medicine51-10017th
Modern languages=30th23rd
Nursing37th
Performing arts=45th15th
Pharmacy=41st
Philosophy5th  51-100
Physics & astronomy42nd=47th
Politics10th=31st
Psychology38th15th
Social policy & administration10th17th
Sociology=10th35th
Statistics=34th24th
Theology, divinity & religious studies51-100
Veterinary science17th
See the full QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
Canberra

Location

While there may be little difference between the two top universities in Australia in terms of the high quality of education they provide, there is a lot to distinguish them when it comes to location.

Melbourne

Often referred to as the nation’s cultural capital, Melbourne is an arty city featuring impressive architecture, world-leading museums and an on-the-pulse theatre and comedy scene. The city also offers a myriad of ultra-cool restaurants, clubs and shopping districts, as well as a healthy love of sports.

Coming third in the QS Best Student Cities 2019, Melbourne is a popular study destination due to its large and diverse student community, excellent quality of living and high concentration of world-class universities. Besides the University of Melbourne, the city is home to six more Australian universities which feature in the QS World University Rankings. These are Monash University (joint 58th in the world), RMIT University (238th), Deakin University (joint 271st), Swinburne University of Technology (joint 383rd),La Trobe University (joint 400th), and Victoria University (601-650).

Canberra

Home to ANU, Canberra is Australia’s capital city. It’s actually far smaller than Melbourne, both overall and in terms of its student population, which helps to make this city a somewhat calmer place to live. This could be a good or bad thing, depending on your personal preferences.

However, as Australia’s political hub, Canberra couldn’t exactly be described as sleepy. During parliamentary sittings, the city is alive with national politics. While it may be one of the country’s few major settlements further than a stone’s throw from a beach, Canberra boasts a different kind of natural attraction. Surrounded by mountains, hills and bush-land, as much as half of Canberra itself is protected as natural park and reserve land – so if you’re used to living in the countryside, Canberra may be the place where you’d feel more at home.

Aside from ANU, Canberra is also home to the University of Canberra, which is ranked joint 484th in the QS World University Rankings. The city itself is ranked 23rd in the QS Best Student Cities 2019, achieving its highest score for the Student Mix category.

Student community

The University of Melbourne is over double the size of ANU in terms of student community, with 50,000 students in total, including 18,000 international students. That means internationals account for over a third of the student population, reflected in the university’s high score in the international student ratio category of the rankings. ANU had 25,500 students as of 2018, while statistics show an almost equal divide of undergraduate (11,633) and postgraduate (11,931) students. Of these, 7,425 were international students in 2018, which was 31 percent of the student population at the time.

Melbourne

Tuition fees and living costs        

Based on the latest figures for incoming students, ANU and the University of Melbourne both offer the same costs for domestic students, thanks to the nation’s commonwealth support scheme which allows Australian residents to make a smaller contribution to their higher education costs, with the amount dependent on their chosen subject. Arts and humanities subjects (band 1) are typically the cheaper programs, while medical-related subjects, business and law programs (band 3) tend to be the most expensive.

International student fees are towards the upper end of the international spectrum, with annual tuition costs of around A$27,808 – $46,080 (~US$20,500-34,000) at both schools. Medicine is the most expensive subject for international students, with annual tuition fees of A$65,056 (~US$43,919) for clinical medicine at the University of Melbourne.

Scholarships and funding

With such high tuition fees, prospective students will be pleased to learn that both the University of Melbourne and Australian National University offer scholarships for international students, with both offering online search tools to enable students to identify scholarships relevant to their particular situation.

There are also a number of government scholarships available to study in Australia, including the Australia Awards, aimed at students at all study levels from developing countries, and the Destination Australia scholarship. You can find more scholarships to study in Australia here.

This article was originally published in November 2014. It was last updated in September 2019.

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Laura is a former staff writer for TopUniversities.com, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to studyget admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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