Monash University

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Monash overall:

  • Top 1 per cent of world universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2010)
  • Top 200 – Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Rankings of World Universities
  • Ranked 61 by QS World University Rankings

By discipline the QS World University Rankings rate Monash:

  • 43rd in the world for Arts & Humanities
  • 58th in the world for Engineering and Technology
  • 34th in the world for Social Sciences and management

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings rated Monash:

  • 31st for Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health
  • 42nd for Life Sciences

Five star ratings in the Good Universities Guide (2011) for:

  • student-staff ratios
  • research grants
  • cultural diversity
  • getting a full-time job (after graduation)


The University is home to some of Australia’s leading teachers and researchers who are recognised in competitive teaching excellence awards and grants. These include four Prime Minister Teacher of the Year award winners, eight Federation Fellows and three Australian Fellows.

Academics at Monash are highly regarded internationally. In 2007 eight scientists from the University shared in the prestigious 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, awarded jointly to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and former US Vice-President Al Gore.

Special Services

  • Student mobility – study abroad, exchanges, short courses, study tours
  • Professional development programs – across Faculties including Science, Education and Business and Economics
  • E-learning – Monash University Lectures Online captures video plus visual content
  • Internships – several Faculties run internship programs including Engineering and Business and Economics, and for those that don’t a central service for students ‘Monash University Employment and Career Development’ can assist
  • Volunteering – Oxfam, Engineers Without Borders, Community Legal Services, Education in Aboriginal communities, to name a few

Research Scope

  • Largest Biosciences Precinct in Australia at Clayton campus
  • Over 100 specialist research institutes and centres
  • 13 Centres of Excellence
  • 16 Cooperative Research Centres

Monash is co-located with:

  • Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI)
  • The Australian Synchrotron
  • The Australian Stem Cell Centre
  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory Australia (EMBL)
  • The Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN)

Other key University Institutes and Centres

  • Monash Asia Institute (MAI)
  • Asia Pacific Centre for Science and Wealth Creation
  • Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)
  • Monash European and EU Centre
  • Monash Institute for Nanoscience, Materials and Manufacturing

University Life

A vibrant student culture and social life are hallmarks of the Monash University experience. The Monash Students Association (MSA) runs more than 100 cultural, academic, performing arts, halls, spiritual, political, social welfare and special interest clubs, so there is sure to be something of interest. A wide world of sports is offered including football (men’s and women’s), baseball, golf, netball, swimming, volleyball and ultimate Frisbee. Student life can also be challenging so a full range ancillary services such as pastoral care, academic support, healthcare and international students services are available to all students of Monash University. 


Student Testomonials

Ms Kathrin Trappe, Honours Degree, Faculty of IT

What attracted you to Australia in general?


What attracted me from an academic point of view was the Honours Degrees offered at universities in Australia. Honours is a fourth additional year to a typical Bachelor degree and generally consists of half coursework and half thesis. In Australia, a successful Honours Degree is normally the standard required for an entry into a PhD. It is comparable to the Masters Programs in Germany, but it is shorter and more compact.

More generally, I had always dreamed of going to Australia one day. The sunshine, kangaroos and koalas, a landscape like nowhere else…what more can I say?

What attracted you to study at Monash in particular?

Monash University belongs to the “Group of Eight”, the eight best universities of Australia. It is among the international 100 best universities in engineering and information technology and offers a high quality Honours Degree in Computer Science.

What aspects do you like about your course and the Faculty of IT?

The number of students doing Honours is quite small. This year there were only three people doing Honours in Computer Science. Therefore, the staff to student ratio for the Honours units is very small, which means that the staff are always available to help out.

I also found the Honours unit known as “IT Research methods”, which prepares you for future research work, helpful, especially for the thesis component of the Honours Degree. The library offers workshops that help you to structure and write your thesis. I also got a lot of help from my supervisors who were always open minded for my ideas and patient if I had hard times working on the project.

How is your experience of living in Melbourne going?

The Monash Clayton Campus lies in a suburb in the eastern part of Melbourne. I am living in Oakleigh, a suburb quite close to uni but quite a distance from the city. I have to catch a train (similar to the “S-Bahn” in Berlin) and it takes me about 45 minutes to get into the city. Melbourne is a very European city with nice little alleys, lots of bars and cafés and small parks. Since uni is taking a lot of my time, I find my way into the city just now and then for some city life. I enjoy most of my time by playing lacrosse and spending time with friends: having a coffee, watching a movie, playing sports...

What are your other observations?

Since I did not have much time to travel during the year, I am planning to spend some time to travel around Australia and New Zealand after uni finishes in November.
My English has improved so much during the year. I am living with two Australian guys who help me when I am having difficulties with my English or grammar. They are the best.

I found so many good friends during the year who I am going to miss when I have to go back to Germany. I hope I can come back to visit them.       

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