Engineering courses at Australian universities.Engineering is the use and development of technology to make things work better. Engineers use science, critical thinking and mathematics to develop new ideas, product, and technologies. They make life simpler or more efficient or expand what people can do or consume. Engineers typically specialise in a field such as electrical, mechanical or civil engineering.

Australia’s Biggest Engineering Schools

Australia has around 24 universities with more than 1,000 students enrolled in engineering and related technology courses. The biggest engineering school in Australia is at the University of New South Wales. It has more than 10,000 students. Here is a list of the biggest 24 engineering schools and faculties in Australia. The statistics come from the Australian Government’s higher education database.

Engineering student numbers
Rank University Undergraduate Postgraduate Total
1 University of New South Wales 6 938 3 686 10 624
2 RMIT University 5 979 1 131 7 110
3 Curtin University 4 837 1 319 6 156
4 Monash University 4 757 947 5 704
5 Swinburne University of Technology 4 202 1 133 5 335
6 University of Queensland 4 062 1 172 5 234
7 University of Technology Sydney 3 596 785 4 381
8 University of Sydney 3 172 1 097 4 269
9 University of Southern Queensland 3 740 448 4 188
10 University of Adelaide 3 197 778 3 975
11 Queensland University of Technology 3 207 484 3 691
12 University of Western Australia 2 593 540 3 133
13 University of Wollongong 2 006 788 2 794
14 University of South Australia 2 029 736 2 765
15 University of Melbourne 1 095 1 644 2 739
16 University of Newcastle 2 113 305 2 418
17 Griffith University 1 750 355 2 105
18 University of Western Sydney 1 322 236 1 558
19 University of Tasmania 1 250 210 1 460
20 Australian National University 912 321 1 233
21 Victoria University 1 071 148 1 219
22 Deakin University 932 263 1 195
23 Edith Cowan University 1 036 134 1 170
24 CQUniversity 915 152 1 067

Australia’s Top Engineering Schools

Below is a list of the top engineering universities in Australia. The rankings list combines (i) the ATAR entry requirement with (ii) a score for the engineering school’s size. The ATAR entry requirement is the minimum Australian Tertiary Admissions rank score to gain entry into a Bachelor of Engineering course. This was sourced from Good Universities (Top Engineering Schools). The Size Score (out of 5) reflects total students but with “extra points” for postgraduate and international student enrollments.

Engineering school rankings
Rank University ATAR Size score Score
1 University of New South Wales 91.20 5.0 5.0
2 Monash University 91.40 3.9 4.4
3 RMIT University 85.90 4.1 4.2
4 University of Queensland 90.20 3.5 4.2
5 University of Sydney 90.75 3.4 4.1
6 University of Melbourne 92.00 3.0 4.0
7 Curtin University 80.00 4.1 3.8
8 University of Adelaide 80.55 3.3 3.5
9 University of Technology Sydney 80.00 3.3 3.4
10 Swinburne University of Technology 73.05 3.8 3.3
11 Queensland University of Technology 80.00 3.0 3.3
12 University of Wollongong 80.00 2.9 3.2
13 University of Western Australia 80.00 2.9 3.2
14 Australian National University 85.00 2.2 3.2

What the rankings show

The engineering school rankings roughly show the relative strength of each school. To do well in the rankings, a university needs a large number of students (including international and postgraduate students). It also needs to be in high demand with school leavers, as reflected by high ATAR course entry requirements.