The top 3 Communications unis in Australia for 2017 are

  1. University of Technology Sydney
  2. Griffith University
  3. University of Melbourne

Universities are ranked by adding scores out of 100 for 3 quality indicators:

  1. Relative size of communications faculty
  2. Course satisfaction ratings (% of recent graduates satisfied with their course overall)
  3. Graduate salaries (adjusted for unemployment).

Communications includes: Audio Visual Studies, Journalism, Written and Verbal Communication.

University of Technology Sydney

The School of Communication at UTS tops the subject rankings for Communications in 2017.

The School is comfortably the largest in Australia.

Griffith University

The Humanities, Languages and Social Science program at Griffith is ranked 2nd in Australia for Communications.

The School has a large number of communications students and a high rate of course satisfaction (85%).

University of Melbourne

The School of Culture and Communication at Melbourne Uni is one of Australia’s top 3 schools for Communications.

The Faculty scores well for course satisfaction (88%) and indicative graduate salary ($39,052).

Overall Rankings

Rank University Size* Satisfaction Grad salary Points
1 University of Technology Sydney 1,540 82% $35,366 187
2 Griffith University 1,055 85% $36,512 185
3 University of Melbourne 312 88% $39,052 160
4 Queensland University of Technology 764 82% $36,607 155
5 University of South Australia 742 86% $33,828 152
6 University of Wollongong 592 87% $33,876 146
7 University of Newcastle 398 87% $35,458 140
8 Macquarie University 601 85% $34,000 140
9 Charles Sturt University 366 84% $37,134 134
10 University of Sydney 199 85% $38,848 133
11 RMIT University 893 83% $30,367 128
12 Bond University 226 92% $31,671 126
13 Deakin University 690 84% $31,225 126
14 Edith Cowan University 324 89% $32,775 126
15 Monash University 492 83% $33,956 123
16 University of Canberra 400 84% $33,860 120
17 University of the Sunshine Coast 266 94% $28,630 118
18 University of Queensland 652 77% $35,333 115
19 University of Western Australia 124 73% $45,974 111
20 Curtin University 300 83% $34,173 107
21 Swinburne University of Technology 487 82% $31,446 104
22 University of Notre Dame Australia 136 86% $32,765 94
23 La Trobe University 321 78% $34,741 90
24 Western Sydney University 405 82% $30,083 87
25 University of New South Wales 679 71% $34,339 86

Updated: 5 November 2016

* Combined sample size for student course satisfaction surveys.

Universities with small sample sizes for satisfaction or salary components are omitted from overall ranking.

Student Course Satisfaction

University Graduates Students Overall
University of the Sunshine Coast 98% 90% 94%
Bond University 91% 93% 92%
Edith Cowan University 89% 88% 89%
University of Melbourne 87% 94% 88%
University of Newcastle 88% 85% 87%
University of Wollongong 90% 84% 87%
University of Notre Dame Australia 80% 91% 86%
University of South Australia 84% 87% 86%
Griffith University 86% 85% 85%
University of Sydney 89% 83% 85%
Victoria University 92% 80% 85%
Macquarie University 85% 84% 85%
University of Canberra 89% 80% 84%
Deakin University 86% 82% 84%
University of Southern Queensland 86% 83% 84%
Charles Sturt University 79% 85% 84%
University of Adelaide 83% 83% 83%
Monash University 85% 78% 83%
Curtin University 86% 78% 83%
RMIT University 79% 84% 83%
Southern Cross University 86% 81% 83%
Queensland University of Technology 81% 83% 82%
Swinburne University of Technology 81% 82% 82%
University of Technology Sydney 80% 82% 82%
Western Sydney University 78% 84% 82%
Flinders University 76% 85% 82%
University of New England 78% 83% 80%
Murdoch University 82% 78% 80%
La Trobe University 80% 76% 78%
University of Queensland 77% 76% 77%
CQUniversity 71% 77% 75%
University of Western Australia 76% 64% 73%
University of New South Wales 71% 70% 71%

Sources: Course Experience Questionnaire (2014-2015), University Experience Survey (2014-2015)

Universities are ranked by student and graduate satisfaction. For further details, see Course Ratings by Students.

Indicative Graduate Salaries

Rank University Employed Studying Other Salary
1 University of Western Australia 43% 30% 27% $45,974
2 University of Melbourne 30% 44% 26% $39,052
3 University of Sydney 42% 31% 27% $38,848
4 Charles Sturt University 69% 10% 21% $37,134
5 Queensland University of Technology 55% 12% 33% $36,607
6 Griffith University 45% 17% 38% $36,512
7 University of Newcastle 37% 28% 34% $35,458
8 University of Technology Sydney 56% 13% 32% $35,366
9 University of Queensland 43% 19% 38% $35,333
10 La Trobe University 37% 30% 34% $34,741
11 University of New South Wales 53% 12% 35% $34,339
12 Curtin University 51% 14% 36% $34,173
13 Macquarie University 54% 10% 36% $34,000
14 Monash University 41% 22% 37% $33,956
15 University of Wollongong 43% 19% 37% $33,876
16 University of Canberra 41% 15% 44% $33,860
17 University of South Australia 47% 19% 34% $33,828
18 Edith Cowan University 44% 17% 40% $32,775
19 University of Notre Dame Australia 54% 13% 33% $32,765
20 Bond University 41% 16% 43% $31,671
21 Swinburne University of Technology 48% 12% 40% $31,446
22 Deakin University 36% 19% 45% $31,225
23 RMIT University 40% 16% 44% $30,367
24 Western Sydney University 39% 15% 46% $30,083
25 University of the Sunshine Coast 43% 13% 44% $28,630

Source: Graduate Destinations Survey (2013-2015)

The indicative graduate salary accounts for low incomes of unemployed graduates and potential incomes of students doing postgraduate courses.

For further details, see Graduate Salaries by University.