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Best universities in Australia for arts and humanities degrees 2023

Explore the best universities in Australia for arts and humanities degrees, using data from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings

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November 3 2022
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Top 8 universities in Australia for arts and humanities degrees

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Australia arts and humanities rank 2023 WUR arts and humanities rank 2023 University City
1 39 University of Sydney Sydney
2 40 Australian National University Canberra
3 41 University of Melbourne Melbourne
4 54 Monash University Melbourne
5 91 The University of Queensland Brisbane
6 99 UNSW Sydney Kensington
7 101–125 Macquarie University Sydney
8 126–150 University of Wollongong Wollongong

Choosing an arts or humanities degree is a good choice if you're still unsure if which career you want to pursue. An arts or humanities degree allows you to continue to study a subject you enjoy while developing key analytical and communication skills that can be applied to a wide range of careers. 

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Below are the top Australian universities for arts and humanities degrees, according to data from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023.


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5. The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland’s faculty of humanities and social sciences is divided into seven schools: communication and arts, education, historical and philosophical inquiry, languages and cultures, music, political science and international studies, and social science. Each school offers a range of both undergraduate and graduate courses.

The faculty is home to a number of world-class research centres and institutes, including the institute for advanced studies in the humanities, the institute of modern languages and the centre for communication and social change.

The faculty works with other disciplines such as biology, psychology, architecture, medicine, and law to collaborate on research projects. 

4. Monash University

Monash University Arts is divided into five academic schools across the Caulfield and Clayton campuses, including the school of languages, literatures, cultures and linguistics, school of media, film and journalism, school of philosophical, historical and international studies, school of social sciences and the Sir Zelman Cowen School of music and performance. There is also a school of arts and social sciences at the Monash University in Malaysia.

There are a range of degrees available for undergraduate students and courses are flexible and customisable, Students can graduate with a bachelor of arts, bachelor of criminology, bachelor of global studies, bachelor of media communication, bachelor of music, or a bachelor of politics, philosophy and economics.

There are a number of research centres and institutes within Monash Arts including the centre for ancient cultures, the migration, identity and translation network and the music archive of Monash University.

3. University of Melbourne

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s second oldest university.

The university’s faculty of arts is organised into four academic schools: culture and communication, historical and philosophical studies, languages and linguistics and social and political sciences.

The school of culture and communication offers undergraduate courses in a range of subject areas including art history, cinema and performance, media and communication, literary and cultural studies and Australian indigenous studies. The school is home to a number of centres and institutes such as the Australian institute of art history and the research unit in public culture.

The graduate school of humanities and social sciences is a diverse learning and research community. Students are taught the ways in which the humanities and social sciences can contribute to the well-being of individuals and societies. The school offers students the opportunity to acquire a graduate degree, to participate in an industry placement and to take on an extensive research project.

2. Australian National University 

The Australian National University’s college of arts and social sciences is one of seven colleges at ANU. It offers undergraduate students the choice of over 40 majors within the bachelor of arts degree.

There are also flexible double degree programmes available for students looking to combine an arts degree with another bachelor's degree of their choice. Postgraduate coursework degrees are offered in over 20 disciplines within the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Research is carried out in a range of areas across the arts and humanities including anthropology, Australian Indigenous studies, history, languages and philosophy. It is divided into two main areas: the research school of humanities and arts, and the research school of social sciences.

The university also partners with the public and private sector and engages with both the local community and government organisations to shape Australian society.

1. University of Sydney

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney has seven academic schools: the school of economics, school of philosophical and historical inquiry, Sydney college of art, school of languages and cultures, school of social and political sciences, school of literature, art and media, and the Sydney school of education and social work.

The faculty offers a range of undergraduate courses that students can major or minor in. There are also a variety of postgraduate coursework degrees on offers including master’s degrees, graduate diplomas and graduate certificates.

The school of literature, art and media specialises in art history, English, linguistics, media and communications, religion, theatre and performance studies, creative and indigenous studies. The school also offers one of the largest internship programmes in the university, providing students with the opportunity to work with galleries, public relations firms, theatre companies and media outlets in Australia and overseas.  


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Top universities in Australia for arts and humanities degrees 2023

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Australia arts and humanities rank 2023 WUR arts and humanities rank 2023 University City
1 39 University of Sydney Sydney
2 40 Australian National University Canberra
3 41 University of Melbourne Melbourne
4 54 Monash University Melbourne
5 91 The University of Queensland Brisbane
6 99 UNSW Sydney Kensington
7 101–125 Macquarie University Sydney
8 126–150 University of Wollongong Wollongong
=9 151–175 University of Adelaide Adelaide
=9 151–175 The University of Western Australia Perth
=11 176–200 Queensland University of Technology Brisbane
=11 176–200 RMIT University Melbourne
=13 201–250 Curtin University Perth
=13 201–250 University of South Australia Adelaide
=13 201–250 University of Technology Sydney Sydney
=13 201–250 Western Sydney University Sydney
=17 251–300 Australian Catholic University Canberra
=17 251–300 University of Canberra Canberra
=17 251–300 Deakin University Geelong
=17 251–300 Flinders University Adelaide
=17 251–300 Griffith University Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan
=17 251–300 La Trobe University Melbourne
=17 251–300 University of Newcastle Callaghan
=24 301–400 Swinburne University of Technology Hawthorn
=24 301–400 University of Tasmania Hobart
=26 401–500 Charles Sturt University Bathurst
=26 401–500 University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba

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