The top universities for medicine in Australia for 2017 are

  1. James Cook University
  2. University of Western Australia
  3. Monash University

Uni Reviews ranked Australian universities by a formula using:

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

Medicine includes General Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Anaesthesiology, Pathology, Radiology, Internal Medicine and General Practice.

James Cook University

The College of Medicine and Dentistry at JCU tops the subject rankings for Medicine in 2017.

The program is relatively large (1,155 students), has the highest rate of satisfaction among student and graduates (92%) and produces solid job outcomes ($65,000 indicative graduate salary).

University of Western Australia

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at UWA is ranked 2nd in Australia for Medicine.

The Faculty’s medical graduates enjoy the highest salaries in Australia ($68,130) and have a solid rate of course satisfaction (84%).

Monash University

The Monash School of Medicine at Monash is in the top 3 for Australia.

The School is the largest in Australia (2,452 students) and is highly rated by students (85% satisfaction).

Medical School Rankings for Australia

Rank Medical School Students Satisfaction Grad salary Points
1 James Cook University 1155 92% $65,000 227
2 University of Western Australia 946 84% $68,130 207
3 Monash University 2452 85% $59,370 204
4 Bond University 456 90% $63,650 171
5 University of New South Wales 1679 83% $59,325 170
6 University of Melbourne 1408 88% $57,615 166
7 University of Queensland 2133 68% $64,450 162
8 University of Adelaide 979 84% $61,599 162
9 University of Notre Dame Australia 881 78% $64,650 154
10 University of Tasmania 570 86% $60,218 134
11 University of Wollongong 328 88% $61,000 131
12 University of Newcastle 717 82% $59,730 122
13 Deakin University 549 80% $61,462 118
14 Flinders University 645 86% $54,645 99
15 University of Sydney 1196 76% $55,500 91
16 University of New England 339 76% $60,000 72
17 Australian National University 371 71% $60,000 54

Updated: 9 November 2016

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

1. Medical School Size

Rank Medical School Students
1 Monash University 2452
2 University of Queensland 2133
3 University of New South Wales 1679
4 University of Melbourne 1408
5 University of Sydney 1196
6 James Cook University 1155
7 University of Adelaide 979
8 University of Western Australia 946
9 University of Notre Dame Australia 881
10 University of Newcastle 717
11 Flinders University 645
12 Western Sydney University 619
13 Griffith University 603
14 University of Tasmania 570
15 Deakin University 549
16 Bond University 456
17 Australian National University 371
18 University of New England 339
19 University of Wollongong 328

Source: Department of Education and Training, 2015 Special Courses (Category: Medical)

Count of students enrolled in courses leading to provisional registration as a medical practitioner.

2. Student Course Satisfaction

Rank Medical School Graduates Students Overall
1 James Cook University 95% 89% 92%
2 Bond University 85% 94% 90%
3 University of Wollongong 95% 83% 88%
4 University of Melbourne 88% 88%
5 Western Sydney University 92% 85% 88%
6 Flinders University 81% 88% 86%
7 University of Tasmania 92% 83% 86%
8 Monash University 87% 81% 85%
9 University of Adelaide 84% 83% 84%
10 University of Western Australia 88% 79% 84%
11 University of New South Wales 78% 88% 83%
12 University of Newcastle 82% 80% 82%
13 Deakin University 92% 72% 80%
14 University of Notre Dame Australia 88% 72% 78%
15 University of Sydney 78% 72% 76%
16 University of New England 64% 81% 76%
17 Australian National University 59% 80% 71%
18 University of Queensland 71% 61% 68%

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

Universities are ranked by student and graduate satisfaction, with an adjustment for lower average satisfaction among current students. For further details, see Course Ratings by Students.

3. Indicative Graduate Salaries

Rank Medical School Employed Studying Other Salary
1 University of Western Australia 77% 20% 3% $68,130
2 James Cook University 97% 3% 0% $65,000
3 University of Notre Dame Australia 95% 4% 1% $64,650
4 University of Queensland 95% 4% 1% $64,450
5 Bond University 96% 2% 3% $63,650
6 University of Adelaide 78% 18% 4% $61,599
7 Deakin University 89% 9% 3% $61,462
8 University of Wollongong 97% 3% 0% $61,000
9 University of Tasmania 92% 7% 2% $60,218
10 Australian National University 99% 1% 0% $60,000
11 University of New England 98% 2% 0% $60,000
12 University of Newcastle 93% 6% 1% $59,730
13 Monash University 87% 12% 1% $59,370
14 University of New South Wales 83% 16% 1% $59,325
15 University of Melbourne 71% 25% 4% $57,615
16 University of Sydney 68% 25% 8% $55,500
17 Flinders University 67% 23% 9% $54,645

Source: Graduate Destinations Survey (2013-2015)

The indicative graduate salary accounts for low incomes of unemployed graduates.

For further details, see Graduate Salaries by University.