Australian Universities

Australian universities are located in different states, some in the main city centres such as the University of Sydney and some in smaller cities such as Wollongong University.

ANU, Monash, Adelaide, Melbourne, UNSW, Queensland, Sydney and UWA are in the group of 8 universities that have the highest national rank. These universities have the highest research and development facilities and their tuition fees are relatively higher compared to other Australian universities.

All Australian universities have educational, scientific, sport, cultural and welfare facilities that are in accordance with the international standards.

The following list includes all the Australian universities with their ranking in Australia and the world:

Education in Australian Universities:

The level of education in Australian universities is divided into the following list:

  • Year 10 and 11
  • Year 12/ Foundation Year
  • Diploma
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor degree
  • Graduate Certificate/ Postgraduate Diploma
  • Master’s degree
  • Doctoral degree (PhD)
  • Short research projects
  • Short courses without certificate

Year 10 and 11

There are a number of Australian universities that holds year 10 and 11 in their college. The start of the semester begins at the beginning of February; however, entry to these courses is available at any time of the year. The annual tuition fee is about A$18,000. Students can learn or improve their English at these colleges.

Year 12/ Foundation year

Year 12 or foundation year takes about one to one and a half year and the tuition fee is different for each university but the average fee is about A$24,000 per year. After completing this course, students can go to university for their further studies.


There are some courses that take about one year which prepare students to study associate degree. This is suitable for elderly students or students that have received their degree a long time ago or students that decide to change their degree, and the annual tuition fee is about A$20,000.

Associate degree

Two-year associate college degree courses are considered to be a useful degree and are offered in various disciplines.  After spending a year or two to finish the course, the bachelor degree can be obtained. The tuition fee is A$20,000.

Bachelor degree

This degree takes from one to five years. The annual tuition fee is from A$25,000 but it depends on the university and the course. For example, studying computer software engineering at the University of Wollongong costs about A$28,000 per year but at the University of New South Wales, the cost is A$41,000 per year.

Medicine is the most expensive degree in Australia even though entry to this field is highly competitive and hard.

Bachelor of Honors is a one-year research course which is a way to study PhD after completion of the course. The Top undergraduate students are eligible for studying this course.

Also, those people who don’t have the same level of competency in their degree can study some courses which take about one to two years to obtain their bachelor degree from Australia.

There are some courses that take two years which is known as Graduate Entry.  To be able to entry to the Graduate Entry, students are required to have a bachelor degree. By studying in these courses, you are able to obtain a degree in a new field, such as law.

Some undergraduate studies take three years to complete, such as computer science. The tuition fee for these courses is from A$26,000 annually. Some of the three-year undergraduate degrees are pre-requisite courses for other specialized degrees, such as senior design in architecture.

Some degrees take four years to complete and the annual fees are from A$28,000. Doctor of Medicine is an example of a four-year degree and after graduation; students will be a general practitioner (GP).

Some other degrees take five to six years to complete, such as medicine or double degree, i.e. marketing and law.

Graduate Certificate/ Postgraduate Diploma

Graduate Certificate, GD, and Postgraduate Diploma take six months to a year to complete and are prerequisites courses for master degrees or changing courses and take further studies from bachelor to master or PhD. The fees for these courses are 10 to 30 percent cheaper than studying master’s degree.

Master’s degree

Studying masters in Australia takes one to two years and the classes can be only theory, or totally research, or a mix of both. Double master’s degree, such as Master of Engineering with Master of Business Administration is one of the popular combined courses that students usually study. The tuition fee is similar to the undergraduate degree which is A$25,000 per annum.

Doctoral degree (PhD)

PhD is offered by course, by research or a mix of both. Research PhD is from three to four years and students are required to hand in their research in order to complete their degree. There are some research courses that are offered to these students at the beginning of their degree so they would know how to perform a research.

PhD by course, such as surgery, psychology, and education, is a combination of some classes (specialist, laboratories, and hospitals) and research. This course also takes three to four years to complete.

PhD Scholarships

Getting PhD scholarships for students studying in Australia is very competitive and there are a lot of students applying for it, but only a limited amount of students get the offer. Usually, doctoral students have sufficient amount of money to live in Australia and study, but they are allowed to work full-time during their studies. Hence, some students prefer to work so they can earn back their money. This is one of the advantages that students get when they study PhD in Australia.

Short research projects

Generally, this research project is more suitable for international students. PhD students can work in coordination with their previous university and their chosen university in Australia to do their short research project. This is usually called Sabbatical and students can directly contact the professor with regard to their project.

Short courses without certificate

These courses are used for different purposes: knowing the course, retraining, and training the staff members for particular companies. The Latin name for them is non-award courses which take a short amount of time to complete