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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 20th and joint 41st in the QS World University Rankings® 2018  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® 2018

Ranked 20th in the world; 1st in Australia

Rated 24th in the world by academics and 60th by employers

250th for faculty/student ratio

49th for citations per faculty member (research impact)

33rd for international faculty ratio

45th for international student ratio

Joint 41st in the world; 2nd in Australia


Rated 15th in the world by academics and 20th by employers

401+ for faculty/student ratio

79th for citations per faculty


120th for international faculty ratio

27th for international student ratio

Subject strengths*

10th in the world for arts & humanities

Joint 85th for life sciences & medicine

Joint 38th for natural sciences

46th for engineering & technology

20th for social sciences & management

17th in the world for arts & humanities


13th for life sciences & medicine


Joint 29th for natural sciences

28th for engineering & technology

14th 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.

Location

Canberra, Australia’s governmental capital

Smaller and calmer

Inland, surrounded by mountains, hills and bush

Melbourne, Australia’s “cultural capital”


Larger and busier

On the south coast of Australia, on Port Philip bay

Student community

22,654 students in 2015 (most recent stats available)

10,698 undergraduates

11,806 postgraduates

6,298 international students (28% of total)

A total of 48,088 students in 2016


24,760 undergraduates

23,328 postgraduates

17,520 international students (36%)

Fees and funding

Annual undergraduate fees for domestic students range from A$6,349 to $10,596 (~US$4,800-$8,000).

Annual international undergraduate fees range from $32,640 to $39,024 (~US$24,600-$29,400). (2017 figures).

Annual international graduate student fees range from A$31,008 to $39,024 (~US$22,300-$28,075).

Annual undergraduate fees for domestic students range from A$6,349 to $10,596 (~US$4,800-$8,000) – 2017 figures.

Annual international undergraduate fees range from A$25,984 to $39,168 (~US$20,260-$29,600) for most subjects – clinical medical degrees cost A$83,296 (~US$63,000).

Annual international graduate student fees range from A$31,776 to A$40,416 (~US$24,050-$30,600).

*Based on the broad subject areas of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

University of Melbourne

QS World University Rankings® 2018

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 the University of Melbourne ranking ahead of ANU at 15th in the world, compared to ANU’s 24th place. Melbourne also comes out ahead for employer reputation, ranking 20th in the world, while ANU is further behind in 60th place.

ANU does come out of top in student/faculty ratio, for which it’s ranked 250th, while the University of Melbourne is outside of the global top 400 on 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 49th on this measure, while Melbourne is 79th.

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 27th and ANU 45th. For international faculty members, ANU is even stronger – ranked 33rd in the world to Melbourne’s 120th.

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 % of international students, for example).

Subject strengths 

The latest edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject indicates that ANU is slightly stronger in the broad subject area of arts and humanities, while Melbourne comes out ahead for life sciences, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering and technology subjects. However, ANU is very close behind Melbourne for social sciences & management, at 20th to Melbourne’s 14th in the world.

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 2017

 

ANU

Melbourne

Accounting & finance

=23rd

=14th

Agriculture & forestry

21st

=31st

Anatomy & physiology

18th

11th

Anthropology

13th

29th

Archaeology

13th

51-100

Architecture

--

19th

Art & design

48th

28th

Biological sciences

46th

=23rd

Business & management

51-100

22nd

Chemistry

51-100

=45th

Communication & media studies

--

31st

Computer science & information systems

36th

14th

Dentistry

--

28th

Development studies

11th

17th

Earth & marine sciences

13th

36th

Economics

29th

=25th

Education & training

39th

5th

Engineering (chemical)

--

=30th

Engineering (civil)

--

25th

Engineering (electrical)

44th

35th

Engineering (mechanical)

51-100

44th

Engineering (mining)

--

14th

English language & literature

=27th

21st

Environmental sciences

24th

=19th

Geography

10th

23rd

History

14th

28th

Law

16th

11th

Linguistics

=29th

24th

Materials science

51-100

--

Mathematics

27th

=38th

Medicine

51-100

19th

Modern languages

28th

=36th

Nursing

--

18th

Performing arts

51-100

26th

Pharmacy

--

=49th

Philosophy

21st

101-150

Physics & astronomy

51-100

48th

Politics

6th

38th

Psychology

=44th

19th

Social policy & administration

8th

=16th

Sociology

18th

=28th

Statistics

36th

30th

Theology, divinity & religious studies

--

51-100

Veterinary science

--

=15th

 

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 fifth in the QS Best Student Cities 2017, 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 (60th in the world), the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (joint 247th), Deakin University (joint 293rd), La Trobe University (260th), Swinburne University of Technology (421-430) and Victoria University (701-750).

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 551-600 in the QS World University Rankings. The city itself is ranked 22nd in the QS Best Student Cities 2017, achieving its highest score for the Desirability category.

Student community

The University of Melbourne is over double the size of ANU in terms of student community, with 48,088 students in total, including 17,520 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 22,654 students as of 2015, while statistics show an almost equal divide of undergraduate (10,698) and postgraduate (11,806) students. Of these, 6,298 were international students in 2015, which was 28% 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$31,008- $40,416 (~US$22,300-30,600). at both schools. Medicine is the most expensive subject for international students, with annual tuition fees of A$83,296 (~US$63,000) 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 Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships. You can find more scholarships to study in Australia here.

This article was originally published in November 2014. It was updated in June 2016 and again in June 2017.

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Written by Laura Tucker
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 study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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I am also chirag. Basically I have just passed 12th with overall 60% marks !! I wnt to get a scholarship as I wnt to do my graduation in abroad . Am I be able to apply for a scholarship as I hve got 60% of marks !! If yes plz tell me how and if no my bad luck!! Thnx

Hi Chirag, if you'd like to study in Australia, we've listed a range of scholarships to study in Australia here, or alternatively you can browse our main list of scholarships to study abroad here. Good luck!

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I was just refused a CoE for ANU yesterday after waiting for almost six weeks since I paid the fees. The most agonizing aspect of it for me is that I was poised to start in July, meaning they wasted my time since I could have applied to other reputable universities. I feel embarrassed also because they continually disturbed on payment of their fees in May which I did after a week. Can you please reveal their motive for this action?

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I am chirag. Basically I have just passed 12th with overall 60% marks !! I wnt to get a scholarship as I wnt to do my graduation in abroad . Am I be able to apply for a scholarship as I hve got 60% of marks !! If yes plz tell me how and if no my bad luck!! Thnx

I am also Chirag

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i have got an admit from the uni of Sydney for masters in aerospace. can i know how good the uni is. how are the employment opportunities and how is the aerospace sector in aus. please reply.need to apply for visa

Hi Pavan, the University of Sydney is currently ranked 45th in the world and third in Australia, and there are good employment prospects for graduates from universities in Sydney. I'm not sure on the current condition of the aerospace sector in Australia, but you may like to get in touch with the university to find out more about career prospects after graduation. If you need any help with appying for your visa, this article should be useful. Hope this helps!

good day how can i apply for admission

Hi Linonge. We have information about applying to Australian universities here: www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study/oceania/australia/guide.

plz inform me how to i get admission and scholarship.

Hi Yahya. We have information about applying to Australian universities in our country guide: www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study/oceania/australia/guide. And a list of scholarships for international students in Australia, here: www.topuniversities.com/student-info/scholarships/international-scholarships-study-australia

Hi Tatenda. To apply, you should visit the university website and follow the guidelines there. Usually applications are submitted online.

For more information about applying to universities in Australia, visit our country guide: https://www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study/oceania/australia/guide

For more on the costs and scholarships, this article may be helpful: https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/student-finance/how-much-does-it-cost-study-australia

Hope this helps.

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