Melbourne named top Australian University in QS Life Sciences and Medicine rankings

May 11 / 60

The University of Melbourne has been named the leading Australian university for Life Sciences and for Medicine in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. 

Melbourne was ranked eighth in the world for psychology, 15th for medicine and equal 25th for the biological sciences.

This is the second time is as many months QS has named the University the Australian leader for specific disciplines: in April, Melbourne Graduate School of Engineering was ranked highest in the Asia-Pacific region for every technical subject offered. 

The QS World University Rankings is an annual league table of the top 600 universities in the world.

Dean of MDHS Professor James Angus said the results were outstanding, particularly because the faculty was ranked close to, and in some cases higher than, institutions it aspires to be like, including University College London, the leading Advanced Health Science Centre in Europe and Great Britain. 

“The psychology ranking is particularly pleasing given the leadership in our professional Masters program and focus on youth mental health,” he said.

Professor Angus said because the rankings were based on citations, peer, academic and industry review, they also reflected the strength of MDHS’ partner hospitals and medical research institutes, whose citations and publications formed part of the University’s total. 

“There are many honorary staff whose work has contributed to this success, and the continued success of the University and its partners,” he said. 

Professor Angus said it was also a tribute to the support of the Vice-Chancellor and the University Council, in facilitating necessary infrastructure development, which had resulted in high-calibre students and researchers choosing to study and work at the University. 

Dean of Science Professor Robert Saint said he was delighted by the University’s outstanding performance. “It clearly places us as the top Australian university in these fields and in the top echelon of universities worldwide.

“It is independent recognition of the exceptional biological and biomedical researchers who make the Faculty of Science such an exciting place to work and study,” he said.


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