Monash University vs University of Melbourne


Hi Guys,

Could someone please tell me what the advantages and disadvantages are of both of these universities. It’d be great to know a little more about both such as where they rank, what they’re renowned for, and who trumps who.


Hi Anon,

I was faced with choosing between Commerce/Law at Monash (5 years) and Commerce at Melbourne (3 years). From my understanding, both universities are great and have similar standards in regards to teaching quality (at least in the Commerce field). People sometimes say that the Commerce program has more “prestige” at Melbourne but I don’t believe there is much truth in that.

The main reason at the time for choosing Melbourne was due to its location - being a few tram stops away from the city meant that I could try and find a job around the city and work it in with my uni timetable. Monash (Clayton) is quite secluded and there isn’t that much to do around the area. That being said I don’t have many contact hours so it wouldn’t have made a huge difference.

From what I’ve heard (and speaking generally), Monash has a tighter knit cohort since most people stay on campus for lunch or to study etc., whereas Melbourne has the city a few tram stops down and is a considerably larger campus so in that sense you won’t see the same people too often unless you make the effort.

One last thing to mention, and something that I realized only last year was that Melbourne has access to arguably better exchange partners, which is definitely something to take into account if you’re planning on going on exchange.


Hi there,
I am tossing up between MBBS at Monash Uni or the Bachelor of Biomedicine eventually doing Medicine at Melbourne Uni.
Which option do you recommend and why?


Hello Anon,
I’m also a student studying Commerce at Melbourne like d.yii. My reasons for choosing Melbourne over Monash were mainly the prestige that comes with the Melbourne Commerce degree and that Melbourne Uni is much more convenient to travel to. By most University rankings, Melbourne University places much higher than Monash in terms of Business and management studies but I’m not too sure about the other courses. I really disliked the idea of having to spend 1 hour and half just to get to Monash and another 90 minutes on the way back, as opposed to just less than half that time for Melbourne.


Hi Anon,

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce at Melbourne, choosing this course over a similar one in Monash for several reasons

A core difference between the two universities is how the course structure works. For example, if you wished to complete a law degree at Monash you have the option of doing law as an undergraduate, which would take you 4 years to complete. At Melbourne however if you cannot complete a law degree as an undergraduate. You would first have to complete a Undergraduate degree and then do Law as a post graduate which would total to approximately 6 years The same applies for medicine and similar post graduate courses.

Personally I believe that the Melbourne model is superior in this aspect. Many new university students, enter university unsure of what career path to undertake. The 3 years of studying undergraduate can help ascertain what further study you might want to do if any. Some people jump straight into Law or Medicine at Monash and realise that they do not like the course and by that time they have wasted half a year to a year. The Melbourne model essentially removes this risk.

The other major factor is the location. As Melbourne University is in the heart of the CBD, you are immersed in the city life which i find very enjoyable. Monash is located in the South Eastern Suburbs, which whilst still a great location does not quite have the same vibe as the city.

Overall i believe Melbourne is the superior Univeristy, but alot of it does come down to personal preference.
Hope this Helps :slight_smile:


I would recommend doing an MBBS at Monash uni due to the fact that getting admission into Medicine at Melbourne is quite difficult with very high competition. This includes having to sit the GAMSAT and needing to score excellently in all 3 years of your undergraduate degree. Doing the MBBS at Monash removes alot of this hassle. However doing the MBBS at Monash essentially locks you into medicine for 5 years. The dropout rate is quite high as many people upon beginning the course realise that they do not like studying medicine. Doing a biomedicine course at Melbourne allows you the opportunity to find your feet and attempt to pursue other career paths before committing to Medicine.

Hope this helps :slight_smile:


Hey there anon, I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Biomedicine at Melbourne. If you achieved an ATAR of 99.90 or above then I would recommend going with the Bachelor of Biomedicine as the opportunities it grants you during your undergraduate degree such as exchanges are definitely worth experiencing, even if the study period is extended by 2 years. However if you didn’t achieve that ATAR then I would recommend MBBS, as it is guaranteed and you won’t have to worry about the GAMSAT in your later years. Either way, it does depend on your situation, how you feel about the 5 year Monash MBBS course or the 7 year Melbourne Medicine course, location etc. Good luck!


Hey there,

I’m currently studying for a Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Science at Monash University. If you’re looking at postgrad med I’d say Monash maximises your chances as you have those guaranteed 50 places for MD at Monash reserved for biomed students. You can get into UoM MD with Monash credentials but I don’t think it works for the other way around.

Monash has the advantage of double degrees so you can expand your knowledge in two completely different areas of study. UoM I feel has convenience of location and prestige but because of the Melbourne Model you’re essentially forced into postgrad study because none of their undergrad degrees are specialist degrees (eg. LLB/MBBS/BEng), potentially locking you into full-fee study if you didn’t earn the grades required for a Commonwealth Supported Place.

Both universities are fairly similar with Melbourne being granted a slight edge if looked at superficially but you have to weigh up the pros and cons for a specific course to decide with confidence.


Hi anonymous64,

I am currently 3rd year MD at Unimelb, after having done the 3 years of biomed, also at Unimelb.
If you really have your heart set on medicine, then I would recommend you go for the undergrad MBBS course at Monash, and if you don’t succeed in getting in then do Biomed at Unimelb. I only say this so you have multiple chances of getting into med, otherwise I would definitely not recommend jumping straight into med right out of high school. Uni life is tough. I personally found 1st year of Biomed a struggle, so I can’t imagine the stress the 1st year MBBS students at Monash would have experienced.

Contrary to what Kunalpatil073 has said, getting into the MBBS at Monash is also very competitive, and is probably just as hard to get into, if not harder, as it is to get into Melb Med.

I reckon do Biomed, find your feet, go on exchange and enjoy uni life. It’ll give you a taste of what you’ll be in for during your 4 year MD at Unimelb.


Hi Anon,

I’m a graduate of the University of Melbourne and completed my Bachelor of Arts in 2016. I moved from Auckland NZ to attend Melbourne Uni for two fundamental reasons: (i) the Melbourne Model & (ii) Residential College Experience.

(i) Melbourne Model: As @kunalpatil073 touched on, the Melbourne undergraduate/postgraduate model gives one the flexibility to explore subjects and topics they are curious about. Yes, out of high school I leaned towards pursuing the humanities, but I felt it was too early in my academic career to shut out subject options in STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) for example. Melbourne Uni has a ‘breadth track’ in the degree structure which allows you to explore a total of 6 subjects from other faculties. As an Arts student, I had the choice to experiment with a number of commerce & law papers which have sparked an interest in commercial law (postgrad) for instance. For those who are open to postgrad, this allows you to also decide on which postgraduate pathway is right for you. You might find as a politics student, you end up pursuing a JD (law) degree, a masters in computer science or an honours thesis to deepen your interesting politics etc. So if you’re not completely set on what you want to do straight out of high school, I would highly recommend considering the University of Melbourne.

(ii) The Residential Colleges were a huge deciding factor for me. I attended King’s College in Auckland which had a strong communal bond, often encouraging students to have a wholesome, all-round experience. I felt I would thrive in a community similar to KC, so I chose to apply to Colleges rather than living in an apartment or house. My history with colleges is a bit scattered! I went to St Hilda’s College in my first year, and felt the culture didn’t fit me. I then made the leap to Trinity College where I spent 2nd and 3rd Year and it was the greatest two years of my life. All colleges are fantastic, however, if I had to go back and do it again, I would advise my younger self to emphasise the importance of cultural fit.