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Top Engineering Schools in Australia in 2021

By Chloe Lane

Updated April 13, 2021 Updated April 13, 2021
  • The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 covers 520 top engineering and technology schools around the world, with 20 of these located in Australia. 
  • We run through the top schools in five different branches of engineering – chemical, civil and structural, electrical, mechanical, and mineral and mining. 

The recent QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 covers the best universities for 51 different subjects, including 520 top engineering and technology schools around the world, with 20 of these located in Australia. 

The ranking covers five different branches of engineering – chemicalcivil and structuralelectricalmechanical, and mineral and mining

The rankings are compiled using four indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper and the h-index (a way of measuring the productivity and impact of published work). You can find out more about the methodology used here

Top 10 universities for the Engineering and Technology subject area in Australia  

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 

Australia Ranking 

World Ranking 

Institution 

Location 

36= 

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) 

Sydney 

50= 

The University of Melbourne 

Melbourne 

58= 

Monash University 

Melbourne 

65 

The University of Sydney 

Sydney 

79=  

Australian National University (ANU) 

Canberra 

85 

The University of Queensland (UQ) 

Brisbane 

120= 

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) 

Sydney 

134  

The University of Adelaide 

Adelaide 

144=  

RMIT University 

Melbourne 

10 

146= 

University of Wollongong 

Wollongong 

In the 2021 engineering and technology subject rankings, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney is the best university in Australia, placing joint 36th globally. UNSW scores particularly well in the research citations per paper indicator. 

Notable movement in the index includes the University of Queensland dropping 11 places to 85th; the University of Technology Sydney falling 14 positions to joint 120th and the University of Western Australia, down 20 places to 163rd. 

See the full engineering and technology subject rankings here. 

Top Universities for Chemical Engineering 

Top Five Universities for Chemical Engineering in Australia 

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 

Australia Ranking  

World Ranking 

Institution 

Location 

31 

Monash University 

Melbourne 

45 

The University of Queensland (UQ) 

Brisbane 

49 

The University of Melbourne 

Melbourne 

50 

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) 

Sydney 

 

80= 

The University of Sydney 

Sydney 

Of the 400 schools featured in the chemical engineering rankings this year, there are 10 Australian universities ranked, including four in the world top 50. 

Monash University maintains its top place position in Australia for its chemical engineering course for another year, despite falling two positions in the ranking in 2021. 

Other notable entries include the University of Queensland, falling seven places this year, the University of Melbourne, down 17 positions, and the University of New South Wales, down 10. 

View the full chemical engineering rankings here. 

Top Universities for Civil and Structural Engineering 

Top Five Universities for Civil and Structural Engineering in Australia  

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 

Australia Ranking  

World Ranking 

Institution 

Location 

12 

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) 

Sydney 

14 

The University of Sydney 

Sydney 

23= 

Monash University 

Melbourne 

28 

The University of Melbourne 

Melbourne 

30 

The University of Queensland (UQ) 

Brisbane 

There are 202 universities globally offering civil and structural engineering programmes. Australia is home to 14 of these.  

The best Australian course for this subject is offered at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), ranking 12th globally after climbing one place in the table this year. UNSW earns a near perfect score in the employer reputation indicator, indicating that the university’s graduates have excellent employment prospects. 

There are six Australian universities in the world top 50. Of these, all but one have fallen in the rankings this year. The most significant of these is the University of Melbourne, down 13 places to 28th. 

See the full civil and structural engineering rankings here.  

Top Universities for Electrical Engineering 

Top Five Universities for Electrical Engineering in Australia  

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 

Australia Ranking 

World Ranking 

Institution 

Location 

33 

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) 

Sydney 

46= 

The University of Melbourne 

Melbourne 

60 

The University of Sydney 

Sydney 

63 

Australian National University (ANU) 

Canberra 

68 

Monash University 

Melbourne 

The best of Australia’s 21 electrical engineering universities is the University of New South Wales, ranking 33rd in the world after rising one place this year.  

Also in the world top 50, the University of Melbourne performs well in both the research citations per paper indicator and the employer reputation indicator. The school drops 10 places to joint 46th this year. 

See the full electrical engineering ranking here. 

Top Universities for Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering 

Top Five Universities for Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering in Australia 

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 

Australia Ranking 

World Ranking  

Institution 

Location 

54 

The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) 

Sydney 

60 

The University of Melbourne 

Melbourne 

65= 

The University of Sydney 

Sydney 

73= 

Monash University 

Melbourne 

116= 

The University of Queensland 

Brisbane 

Of the 500 mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering universities in the world this year, only 19 Australian universities are featured. UNSW Sydney overtakes the University of Melbourne this year, with the latter dropping 10 places in the index. 

University of Southern Queensland is a new entrant in the mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering rankings this year, placing 451-500. 

See the full mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering rankings here

Top Universities for Mineral and Mining Engineering 

Top Five Universities for Mineral and Mining Engineering in Australia 

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 

Australia Ranking 

World Ranking 

Institution 

Location 

2  

Curtin University 

Perth 

3  

The University of Queensland (UQ) 

 

Brisbane 

 

5  

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) 

Sydney 

The University of Western Australia (UWA) 

Perth 

15 

Monash University 

Melbourne 

An impressive 11 of the world’s best mineral and mining engineering universities are in Australia in 2021. 

The highest ranking of these universities is Curtin University, placing second in the world for mineral and mining engineering and earning a perfect score in the employer reputation indicator. 

Other notable entries in the index this year include Monash University, down eight places to rank 15th, the University of Newcastle, Australia (UON, 23rd) up seven places, and new entries Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and RMIT University, both ranking 51-60. 

This article was originally published in April 2021 .

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As Content Editor for TopUniversities.com and TopMBA.com, Chloe creates and publishes a wide range of articles for universities and business schools across the world. Chloe has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Reading and grew up in Leicestershire, UK. 

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