The Best Universities in Melbourne, Victoria

There is no shortage of things to do in Melbourne, with its iconic music scene, laneway coffee culture, fabulous eateries and incredible gardens. Oh, and did we mention entertainment options so diverse that you’ll be spoiled for choice?

But beyond all this is Melbourne’s accessibility as an education hub. The city is a mixed bag of people from all over the world, mostly due to the enormous amount of opportunity for students and startups.

So to embrace all that the city and wider state have to offer, we’re running through the top universities in both Melbourne and Victoria. Read on to see what institutions are taking the lead as of 2021.

Monash University

The university is a member of the prestigious Group of Eight, an alliance of Australia’s leading research universities.

Established in 1841 within the grounds of what was then called ‘St Andrew’s College’, Monash has long been renowned as a centre for education and scientific discovery.

Today it remains one of Melbourne’s most respected institutions with over 30,000 students enrolled across its three campuses: Clayton, Dandenong and Parkville. The institution offers degrees at undergraduate level through to postgraduate study and doctoral programs. It also provides specialist training courses that are recognised by industry and government agencies around the world.

In addition to academic excellence, Monash prides itself on being socially inclusive and culturally diverse.

University has a strong focus on design and technology and is ranked 291 in the world. Deakin University

Deakin University

Founded in 1965, Deakin University is located just outside Geelong in the suburb of Waurn Pond but also has a campus in Burwood in the southeast of Melbourne.

Deakin offers degrees across several disciplines including law, medicine, education, science, engineering, arts and humanities. In addition to offering degree programs, the university provides vocational training through TAFE colleges and schools. With around 40,000 students, Deakin ranks number three among all universities in Victoria.

RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)

The University of Melbourne is a public research university located in the CBD. It was founded on 1 January 1853 as Victoria’s first university and has been ranked among the world’s top 100 institutions by various rankings including QS World Rankings, Times Higher Education Supplement World Reputation Ranking, Academic Ranking of World Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranking, ARWU ranking, U-Multirank, CWUR ranking and more.

La Trobe University

The La Trobe campus is located on the eastern side of Melbourne, Australia. The university has a strong focus on research and teaching with over 50% of students enrolled studying for degrees or diplomas. It also offers postgraduate courses including PhDs. There are three main campuses: Bundoora, Northbank and Southbank. In addition to these, there are two smaller satellite sites at Footscray and Dandenong.

Swinburne University of Technology

The institution offers undergraduate degrees in engineering, science and health sciences. In addition to these degree programs, Swinburne also offers postgraduate courses such as Master of Business Administration, Doctorate of Philosophy, Graduate Certificate Programs and Postgraduate Diploma Programmes.

The facility overlooks the Yarra River valley and is situated just 20 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD by train or car. Meanwhile, more than 12,0000 students are enrolled across its four primary schools: Engineering & Information Technologies, School of Science, School of Health Sciences and School of Arts, Social Sciences & Law.

Victoria University

Located in the inner eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria University was established in 1883 and is currently made up of five faculties: Business; Education; Law; Science & Health Sciences; Social Work. It is ranked 511 in the world.

With more than 50,000 students, this Victorian university offers degrees from undergraduate through to doctoral level. In addition to its academic programs, VU provides vocational training courses such as nursing and teaching.

The facility is known to be a research-intensive university with over 30,000 students and more than 1,500 staff. It has also been ranked as one of the top 100 universities globally by Times Higher Education for its teaching quality and student experience.

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