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Australian National University (ANU)

Location

Acton Campus, Canberra Australia

Ranking

# 30QS World University Rankings

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88Undergraduate programs

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169Postgraduate programs

Tuitionfee

39,024 AUDTuition Fee/year

About Australian National University (ANU)

Renowned for its exceptional teaching, research and small classes, the  Australian National University (ANU) is ranked 30th in the world by QS.* It has the highest number of Nobel laureates among its staff and alumni than any other university in Australia and has country’s most employable graduates, according to Times Higher Education Rankings 2023 and 2024.

ANU has led the development of the nation’s understanding of itself and the world since 1946. The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate students from across Australia and around the world a comprehensive portfolio of degrees – including flexible double degrees – and the support of more than 3,000 academic and professional staff.

ANU research informs students’ learning and is rated above world-standard. ^  It addresses the important issues of today’s complex world, such as biodiversity, climate change, energy alternatives, food and regional security. Other research areas include combating disease, justice and the law, physics, engineering, humanities and the arts.

The main campus is in the heart of the national capital, Canberra. A meeting place for First Nations Ngunnawal and Ngambri people for thousands of years, Canberra is a global and diverse city buzzing with year-round festivals and world-class arts, culture and entertainment. Fresh air, mountains, bike paths and the locals’ commitment to sustainability make the capital the world’s 5 th  healthiest city to live in. ^^

ANU is a member of the Group of Eight – and the only Australian member of the International Alliance of Research Universities.

QS World University Rankings 2025

Excellence in Research for Australia report 2019

^^  Money.co.uk survey report 2021

About Australian National University (ANU)

Renowned for its exceptional teaching, research and small classes, the  Australian National University (ANU) is ranked 30th in the world by QS.* It has the highest number of Nobel laureates among its staff and alumni than any other university in Australia and has country’s most employable graduates, according to Times Higher Education Rankings 2023 and 2024.

ANU has led the development of the nation’s understanding of itself and the world since 1946. The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate students from across Australia and around the world a comprehensive portfolio of degrees – including flexible double degrees – and the support of more than 3,000 academic and professional staff.

ANU research informs students’ learning and is rated above world-standard. ^  It addresses the important issues of today’s complex world, such as biodiversity, climate change, energy alternatives, food and regional security. Other research areas include combating disease, justice and the law, physics, engineering, humanities and the arts.

The main campus is in the heart of the national capital, Canberra. A meeting place for First Nations Ngunnawal and Ngambri people for thousands of years, Canberra is a global and diverse city buzzing with year-round festivals and world-class arts, culture and entertainment. Fresh air, mountains, bike paths and the locals’ commitment to sustainability make the capital the world’s 5 th  healthiest city to live in. ^^

ANU is a member of the Group of Eight – and the only Australian member of the International Alliance of Research Universities.

QS World University Rankings 2025

Excellence in Research for Australia report 2019

^^  Money.co.uk survey report 2021

Available programs

Undergraduate degrees at the Australian National University are informed by cutting-edge research and taught in small classes by leading academics. 


MEET YOUR FUTURE


Our programs offer you hands-on learning, international exchange and career development opportunities, as well as industry and government internships, and produce Australia's most employable graduates (Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking 2023-24)


ANU offers you undergraduate single and flexible double degree programs in

  •           Arts, society and culture
  •           Asia-Pacific studies, international relations and security studies
  •           Business and commerce
  •           Engineering, cybernetics and computing
  •           Health, medicine and psychology
  •           Law and legal studies
  •           Natural, physical and environmental sciences


Find your program


Single and double degrees

You can choose from 50 single degrees or design your own flexible double degree from 599 possible combinations. Double degrees are an opportunity for you to tailor your studies to fit your strengths, passions and goals and take less time to complete than two single bachelor’s degrees. 

Find your program


Students’ association


As a student, you will automatically become a member of the ANU Students’ Association (ANUSA) that supports the university’s clubs and societies and delivers a range of events.

ANUSA can also provide you with legal advice, advocacy services and supportive welfare programs. You can also choose to represent other students by running for office in the ANUSA elections. 

Postgraduate degrees at the Australian National University give you a competitive edge in the global job market. They will equip you with the skills and knowledge to specialise in your field, upskill or even change your career. 


MAKE A DIFFERENCE

You have the choice to study full-time or part-time, with a mix of face-to-face, online and intensive learning delivery options.

You’ll work in small classes alongside academics who are specialists in their fields and – once you graduate – your postgraduate qualification will increase your earning potential.


ANU offers you the following postgraduate-level programs:

  •           Arts, society and culture
  •           Asia-Pacific studies, international relations and security studies
  •           Business and commerce
  •           Engineering, cybernetics and computing
  •           Health, medicine and psychology
  •           Law and legal studies
  •           Natural, physical and environmental sciences


Find your program


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Taught in the evening in small classes led by industry leaders from a range of fields, the flexibly delivered ANU Master of Business Administration (MBA) provides the skills to identify, evaluate and apply evidence to inform effective decision making.

The program builds upon your management experience and prior learning to help you move from middle to senior management roles.

With so many experienced students in the MBA, a strong component of your learning will come from the sharing of knowledge and insights and from academics who have experience in international business, operational management, strategy, information systems, change management, marketing and entrepreneurship. 

Explore Master of Business Administration

Exceptional PhD research degrees

The Australian National University provides research students with a vibrant research community and outstanding program support. These degrees take between three and four years to complete full-time (or the equivalent part-time).

 

As a research student you will work independently under the direction of an academic supervisor or a supervisory panel of academic staff.   Your  discipline may also offer you an alternative to a written thesis.      

Explore postgraduate research degrees


Joint or dual/Cotutelle PhD

Joint or dual PhD programs between ANU and partner institutions collaboratively deliver outstanding research training experiences and could see you living and working at each university for a period of time. These programs allow research students opportunities to:

  • participate in collaborative projects between supervisors at home and at a host institution
  • experience multiple research environments
  • live and work in different locations.


Explore joint or dual PhD programs


Short courses

Start your postgraduate studies with an ANU short course (graduate certificate).  You can complete one in six months. After finishing it, you’ll be able to progress to a graduate diploma and then a master’s degree.

Students’ association

Postgraduate students automatically become a member of the Postgraduate Students’ Association (PARSA). It will offer you a range of community events and services that will connect you with other postgraduate students as well as with legal advice and advocacy and supportive welfare programs. 

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Master of Laws

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University information

APPLYING TO STUDY AT ANU

Learn how to apply to ANU. Let us know if you are an international or domestic student and follow the steps on our  apply page .

We’re here to help, so  contact us   with any questions.

Our admission criteria

Whether you’re applying as a domestic or international student, you will need to:


Undergraduate study


Your qualifications must meet the university’s minimum admission requirements for:

  • senior secondary or post-secondary school qualifications (vocational education and training, associate diplomas or degrees or an approved tertiary preparation course), or
  • tertiary qualifications in Australia or overseas (one standard full-time year of study in a degree program at another Australian or international higher education institution).


Postgraduate study

You will need to have:

  • an ANU-approved bachelor’s degree, or
  • another qualification recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework.

General

6.5+
80+
176+
64+
29+
12+
1170+
23+

Bachelor

1170+
80+
6.5+
80+

Master

550+
4+
6.5+
80+
Academic entry requirements

The Australian National University’s main campus is in the Canberra suburb of Acton, just 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre.

As well as modern lecture halls, laboratories, several libraries and a range of student residences, the campus provides just about everything you’ll need during your studies, including cafes, bars, child care, gyms, medical services and supermarkets.

It is also beautiful and sustainable. Dotted with 10,000 trees, a creek and several park-like avenues, the campus sits at the base of Black Mountain and the Australian National Botanic Gardens on the land of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples.  You’ll regularly spot kangaroos, wallabies, ducks and koalas here.  

Just ten minutes’ walk away are Lake Burley Griffin, the National Museum of Australia and the city. Connecting them and other national cultural institutions to ANU is Canberra’s extensive network of bicycle paths, buses and trams.  

Unique facilities and schools include:

  • Kambri, the hub of university life that includes laneways and lawns with food outlets, shops, gyms and places to study and relax
  • New moot courtroom for law students
  • Five libraries, each one specialising in the arts; science; law; teaching and learning; the Asia-Pacific
  • Australia's most powerful computer, Gadi
  • Robotics laboratories
  • Australia’s largest heavy ion accelerator facility
  • Global Institute for Women's Leadership
  • Australian National Dictionary Centre
  • School of Art and Design
  • School of Music
  • John Curtin School of Medical Research
  • Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Australian Centre on China and the World
  • Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics


Guaranteed accommodation

Live and study on the vibrant ANU campus in the heart of Canberra. All undergraduate and postgraduate first-year students (international and domestic) are guaranteed a room in campus accommodation

Choose a catered or self-catered residence

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Student life

You will find much to discover at ANU. Working closely with academics who are experts in their fields – some of whom have written your textbooks – you’ll develop skills through research, mentoring and the unique internships.

Many join the 5,000-plus students who choose to live on campus. Each residence has an array of social and pastoral care opportunities to help you settle in and form new friendships and networks. Classes, libraries, gyms and the city’s restaurants and nightlife are just a short walk or ride away.

You can take part in the university’s 150 cultural, social and educational clubs, which include a chess society, cooking, dance and debating clubs, a science revue and a sign language collective. If there isn’t a club that suits your interests, you can create your own. 

ANU lays the foundation for successful careers. Graduates rank the most employable in Australia and #15 in the world.  x+          

The following ANU subjects perform in the top 25 in the world:  ++           

  • Law
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Development studies
  • Earth and marine sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • History
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Social policy and administration


These subjects perform in the top 50 in the world: ++

  • Accounting and finance
  • Agriculture and forestry
  • Law and legal studies
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Modern languages
  • Psychology
  • Development studies
  • Economics and econometrics
  • English language and literature
  • Environmental sciences 


Among the notable ANU alumni you’ll join when you complete your degree are former Australian prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Bob Hawke and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Lieutenant General David Morrison, the Consul-General in New York, Nick Minchin, and Indonesia's former Minister of Finance, Muhamad Chatib Basri, are also graduates of ANU.  

^+  Times Higher Education: graduate employability rankings 2022

++  QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

34,348 AUD
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International Students

39,024 AUD
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One of the important factors when considering a master's degree is the cost of study. Luckily, there are many options available to help students fund their master's programme. Download your copy of the Scholarship Guide to find out which scholarships from around the world could be available to you, and how to apply for them.

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Rankings & ratings

Australian National University (ANU) is one of the top public universities in Canberra, Australia. It is ranked #30 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #24
  • 2014
    #27
  • 2015
    #=25
  • 2016
    #=19
  • 2017
    #22
  • 2018
    #20
  • 2019
    #24
  • 2020
    #29
  • 2021
    #31
  • 2022
    #=27
  • 2023
    #30
  • 2024
    #=34
  • 2025
    #30

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