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Top Universities in Australia for Computer Science in 2020

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The recently released QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 features 601 of the best universities to study computer science in the world – with 23 of these located in Australia.

The QS World Rankings by Subject are based on four indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper and the H-index (a way of measuring the productivity and published work of a scientist or scholar). You can find more details about the methodology behind the subject rankings here.

Read on to learn more about the top ten computer science schools in Australia in 2020. Alternatively, if you would like to explore the computer science schools in further detail, click here to view the full table.

Top 10 Universities for Computer Science in Australia

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

Australia Ranking

World Ranking

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=10. The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide

Topping off our list in joint 10th place this year is the University of Adelaide, placing in joint 101-150, and earning an incredibly high score on the research citations per paper indicator.

The university was established in 1874, making it the third oldest university in Australia. As a result, it is globally recognised for its high standards of teaching and research, with over 100 Rhodes Scholars amongst its alumni.

The University of Adelaide’s School of Computer Science offers a wide range of different computer science courses, enabling its students to tailor their studies towards a particular career path.

=10. RMIT University

RMIT University

Also ranking in 101-150 worldwide this year is RMIT University. RMIT University scores particularly well in the research citations per paper indicator and the H-Index indicator – a reflection of the high levels of research taking place within the university.

RMIT University’s computer science and information systems courses have an emphasis on programming and software development and include input from a variety of industry representatives.

=10.Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Also in joint 10ththis year is the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), ranking 101-150 worldwide. QUT performs well in the research citations per paper indicator, due to its extensive research programs.

QUT is located in Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city, and as a result, is able to maintain close links with business representatives and industry professionals – extending their ‘real world focus’ approach to teaching.

=7.University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

In joint seventh place is the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), ranking 51-100. UTS scores well in both the H-index and the research citations per paper indicators, with its programs being constantly updated to reflect developments in research and technology.

The university has strong connections with industry professionals through its teaching and learning, research and consultation. These partnerships allow UTS to give its computer science courses a more practical element, which helps improve graduate employability.

 =7.The University of Queensland (UQ)

The University of Queensland (UQ)

Also in joint seventh place, is the University of Queensland (UQ), ranking 51-100. UQ’s highest score in the indicators is in research citations per paper, supported by its global reputation for research, which it uses to create positive change.

 UQ is a founding member of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities and is one of the three Australian members of the global Universitas 21. 

=7.The University of New South Wales (UNSW)

The University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Ranking in 51-100 is the University of New South Wales (UNSW), also in joint seventh. The university’s 4,400 researchers are world leaders in quantum computing and as a result, UNSW scores exceptionally well in the H-Index indicator.

 Computer science students of UNSW benefit from getting the opportunity to use all the latest technologies in high-spec labs, including a Digital Investigation Lab and a Cyber Security Suite. 

=7.Monash University

Monash University

Monash University places 51-100 this year worldwide, and joint seventh in Australia. Monash University earns its highest score in the research citations per paper indicator, making it a recognised world leader in research.

Monash University’s computer science course teaches students problem solving, programming and analytical skills; as well as how to apply these in the real world. The university’s international outlook means that students will also be able to benefit from research collaborations, global partnerships and a range of opportunities oversees.

3. The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney

In third place this year, placing 42ndin the world, is the University of Sydney. The university scores highly in the H-index, research citations per paper and employer reputation indicators, with its research focusing on finding solutions to some of society’s biggest challenges.

The majority of the university’s courses are accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and teach fundamental principles and practical skills in computing. The university also has strong links to industry professionals, including Microsoft, IBM and CISCO, as well as having a purpose-built center with advanced facilities, including access to Dell EMC’s Artemis 3 supercomputer.

2. Australian National University (ANU)


Australia’s second-best university this year for computer science is Australian National University (ANU), ranking 41stin the world after dropping one place this year. ANU performs well across all the indicators, particularly research citation per paper, where it earns one of the highest scores across all Australian universities for computer science.

ANU’s computer degrees are constantly changing and updating and aim to meet the challenges of the future  to increase the employability of its graduates.

 1. The University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne

In first place in Australia and 32ndin the world is the University of Melbourne. The university performs well in all of the indicators – a reflection of its well-rounded success in its research, academic success and the employability of its graduates.

The University of Melbourne’s School of Computing and Information Systems has been teaching students for more than fifty years and has grown to become an international leader in both teaching and research. Throughout this time, they have commissioned Australia’s first computer, managed the very first internet connections and remained at the forefront of innovation. 

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Written by Chloe Lane
A Content Writer for TopUniversities.com, Chloe has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Reading and grew up in Leicestershire, UK. 

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