The best science unis in Australia for 2017 are

  1. University of Queensland
  2. University of Wollongong
  3. University of Adelaide

Uni Reviews ranked Australian universities by a formula using:

  • science faculty size (student numbers)
  • student and graduate satisfaction with science courses (% satisfied)
  • indicative graduate salaries (based on pay, study and unemployment rates).

Science definition

Science includes Natural and Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Biological Sciences, and Medical Sciences and Technology.

Detailed study areas: Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry and Earth Sciences (such as Geology and Oceanography), Mathematics and Statistics, Biochemistry, Botany, Ecology and Evolution, Marine Science, Genetics, Microbiology, Human Biology and Zoology, Medical Science, Forensic Science, Food Science and Biotechnology, Pharmacology and Laboratory Technology.

University of Queensland

The Faculty of Science at UQ is ranked as Australia’s top science faculty in 2017.

The large science program produces the highest indicative graduate salary ($51,676).

University of Wollongong

The Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health at UOW is 2nd for subject rankings in Science.

The mid-sized Faculty is highly rated by students (90% satisfaction) and produces excellent graduate outcomes.

University of Adelaide

The Faculty of Sciences in at Adelaide Uni is ranked 3rd in Australia.

The Faculty has similar stats to UOW and is on equal points.

Science Faculty Rankings

RankUniversityStudentsSatisfactionGrad salaryPoints
1University of Queensland818186%$51,676253
2University of Wollongong230690%$49,756226
3University of Adelaide339788%$51,149226
4University of Melbourne1143085%$47,253223
5Monash University941888%$43,605222
6Australian National University317289%$47,091213
7University of New South Wales672484%$47,504193
8Griffith University270289%$44,652183
9Queensland University of Technology266287%$45,917176
10Curtin University379882%$49,427161
11University of Western Australia908480%$48,500160
12University of New England167186%$47,008156
13Murdoch University356686%$42,688145
14James Cook University183486%$42,103144
15University of Sydney663581%$44,189140
16Macquarie University345486%$37,731135
17Federation University Australia77387%$43,999131
18University of Newcastle196686%$41,640129
19University of the Sunshine Coast99490%$38,857128
20Flinders University210686%$39,075124
21Deakin University262089%$35,228124
22University of Tasmania194486%$39,603123
23University of Canberra102183%$47,347118
24University of South Australia116186%$42,100116
25University of Technology Sydney397786%$33,941111
26La Trobe University273585%$36,756106
27Swinburne University of Technology137483%$42,627104
28Charles Sturt University127981%$45,662103
29Western Sydney University356485%$34,21994
30RMIT University309680%$35,76667

Updated: 14 November 2016

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

1. Science Faculty Size

UniversityStudentsUndergraduatePostgraduateInternational
University of Melbourne11430 9421 2009 2954
Monash University9418 7615 1803 1698
University of Western Australia9084 8332 752 1704
University of Queensland8181 5983 2198 1598
University of New South Wales6724 5718 1006 857
University of Sydney6635 5770 865 704
University of Technology Sydney3977 3300 677 395
Curtin University3798 2994 804 1032
Murdoch University3566 3340 226 500
Western Sydney University3564 3272 292 177
Macquarie University3454 2599 855 445
University of Adelaide3397 2776 621 501
Australian National University3172 2136 1036 752
RMIT University3096 2070 1026 733
La Trobe University2735 2202 533 580
Griffith University2702 2453 249 352
Queensland University of Technology2662 2158 504 319
Deakin University2620 2376 244 209
University of Wollongong2306 1546 760 468
Flinders University2106 1732 374 166
University of Newcastle1966 1629 337 189
University of Tasmania1944 1420 524 392
James Cook University1834 1218 616 478
University of New England1671 1487 184 52
University of Southern Queensland1567 1221 346 51
Swinburne University of Technology1374 829 545 389
Charles Sturt University1279 919 360 24
University of South Australia1161 1005 156 188
University of Canberra1021 832 189 77
University of the Sunshine Coast994 946 48 37
Edith Cowan University928 820 108 99
Federation University Australia773 625 148 29
Southern Cross University567 526 41 33
CQUniversity539 438 101 18
Victoria University471 405 66 22
Charles Darwin University247 199 48 23
University of Notre Dame Australia233 206 27 0
Bond University128 97 31 24
Australian Catholic University111 108 3 4

Source: uCube Higher Education Statistics (Category: Natural and Physical Sciences)

2. Student Course Satisfaction

RankUniversityGraduatesStudentsOverall
1Bond University93%96%95%
2University of the Sunshine Coast86%92%90%
3University of Wollongong92%87%90%
4Griffith University90%88%89%
5Australian National University91%87%89%
6Deakin University89%87%89%
7University of Adelaide91%85%88%
8University of Notre Dame Australia86%89%88%
9Monash University90%85%88%
10Edith Cowan University88%86%87%
11Federation University Australia83%88%87%
12Queensland University of Technology87%86%87%
13James Cook University89%84%86%
14Flinders University87%85%86%
15University of New England87%85%86%
16University of Queensland87%85%86%
17Macquarie University87%84%86%
18Murdoch University89%84%86%
19University of South Australia85%85%86%
20University of Technology Sydney85%85%86%
21University of Tasmania90%82%86%
22University of Newcastle87%84%86%
23Western Sydney University91%81%85%
24University of Melbourne87%83%85%
25La Trobe University87%82%85%
26University of New South Wales89%81%84%
27CQUniversity81%84%84%
28University of Canberra85%81%83%
29Swinburne University of Technology81%82%83%
30Victoria University83%81%82%
31Curtin University81%81%82%
32Charles Sturt University80%81%81%
33University of Sydney83%79%81%
34University of Southern Queensland75%81%81%
35Southern Cross University89%77%80%
36RMIT University81%79%80%
37University of Western Australia81%78%80%
38Charles Darwin University76%73%75%
39Australian Catholic University69%70%70%

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.

3. Indicative Graduate Salaries

RankUniversityEmployedStudyingOtherSalary
1University of Queensland32%47%21%$51,676
2University of Adelaide22%58%20%$51,149
3University of Wollongong29%51%21%$49,756
4Curtin University41%34%25%$49,427
5University of Western Australia27%50%23%$48,500
6University of New South Wales42%38%21%$47,504
7University of Canberra40%35%25%$47,347
8University of Melbourne12%75%13%$47,253
9Australian National University35%44%21%$47,091
10University of New England42%32%27%$47,008
11Queensland University of Technology36%41%24%$45,917
12Charles Sturt University55%22%23%$45,662
13Griffith University17%61%22%$44,652
14University of Sydney21%59%21%$44,189
15Federation University Australia39%34%28%$43,999
16Monash University21%53%26%$43,605
17Murdoch University41%31%28%$42,688
18Swinburne University of Technology34%37%29%$42,627
19James Cook University30%39%31%$42,103
20University of South Australia42%37%20%$42,100
21University of Newcastle25%43%32%$41,640
22University of Tasmania22%50%28%$39,603
23Flinders University20%43%36%$39,075
24University of the Sunshine Coast35%32%33%$38,857
25Macquarie University35%32%33%$37,731
26La Trobe University23%50%27%$36,756
27RMIT University29%38%34%$35,766
28Deakin University25%44%31%$35,228
29Western Sydney University26%39%35%$34,219
30University of Technology Sydney23%44%34%$33,941

Source: Graduate Destinations Survey (2013-2015)

The indicative graduate salary accounts for:

  1. low incomes of unemployed graduates
  2. earnings potential of graduates doing advanced studies.

For further details, see Graduate Salaries by University.