Located in Parkville on the fringe of Melbourne’s central business district, the University of Melbourne has been a leading centre of higher education and research in Australia for over 160 years.
High rankings in independent international surveys reflect the University’s strong research performance, excellence in learning and teaching, and intellectual and social capital. In the prestigious 2014–2015 Times Higher Education World University rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, the University ranked number 31 in the world and number one in Australia.
The University of Melbourne is also the leading Australian university in the Shanghai Jiao Tong and the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan rankings.
Melbourne offers broad undergraduate degrees and world-leading graduate programs delivered through graduate schools in professional and scholarly disciplines to more than 40,000 students annually. Through its acclaimed curriculum, University of Melbourne students complete a broad undergraduate program which includes deep study in their field coupled with subjects from outside their faculty, giving them the chance to explore a broad range of subjects and opportunities. Students then go on to complete a graduate professional degree, undertake a research higher degree or enter the job market.
Melbourne has one of the largest cohorts of graduate researchers in Australia with more than 15,000 PhD, research doctorate, masters by research and postgraduate coursework candidates.
The University’s researchers are at the forefront of international scholarship in fields as diverse as human rights law, telecommunications, climate change and medical research. Melbourne scholars of particular international renown include Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty and alumna and Nobel Laureate Professor Elizabeth Blackburn.
The University of Melbourne has long been engaged in world-changing projects including the cochlear implant (or Bionic Ear) developed at the University’s Department of Otolaryngology. Today, University researchers are intimately involved in the multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative efforts to develop the first Bionic Eye. Yielding impact through research partnerships, the University’s strong links with industry are epitomised by the co-location on campus of multinationals such as IBM and CSL.
The University also contributes to Australia’s cultural dynamism through programs such as the Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne University Publishing, the Ian Potter Museum of Art and Asialink.
A commitment to internationalisation, and specifically to Universitas 21, is central to the University’s ‘Melbourne Agenda’ - a strategic vision that aims to position Melbourne internationally as a superb campus-based research and teaching university.