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Uniquely located in the heart of one of Australia’s largest high-tech precincts in scenic green space close to cosmopolitan Sydney, Macquarie University is home to more than 42,000 students and 3,000 staff.

Macquarie is a progressive institution, both locally and internationally, and is committed to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, ensuring the continuation of Aboriginal knowledge, shared national culture and history.

Ranked among the top 10 universities in Australia in the 2019 US News Best Global Universities Rankings, Macquarie’s pioneering focus is on innovation, research and exploration. Macquarie has 11 subjects ranked in the top 100 in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Macquarie has invested over AUD 1 billion to create outstanding campus facilities with sophisticated digital technologies, such as Australia’s first and only private university hospital, a state-of-the-art library featuring a robotic book retrieval system, a sport and aquatic centre and a railway station.

With homestay, residential or private accommodation on and off campus, students enjoy a vibrant, friendly community, social clubs and an excellent sport and fitness programme with an Olympic-size swimming pool, personal trainers and a state-of-the-art Health Club.

With more than 300 companies located on or around campus, staff have access to outstanding research from some of the world’s leading organisations with many degrees being created in collaboration with, and also accredited by professional organisations. Macquarie’s unique PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) programme gives students practical experience while studying and can help open doors to an exciting career. The programme focuses on work-integrated learning, encouraging students to take up internships and placements during their degree.

Macquarie has one of the most generous scholarship programmes in Australia for international students. Each year, Macquarie awards more than AUD 5 million in scholarships.

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ARC Grant

In the November 2018 Australian Research Council (ARC) grants round, Macquarie University was awarded over AUD 14 million, which is used on over 38 multi-disciplinary projects on varied subjects such as planetary evolution, lateralisation of brains, history of Australian businesswomen and lots more.

A total of over AUD 380 million was declared by The Hon Dan Tehan MP (the Minister for Education) through the ARC, as a part of the Government’s funds for Macquarie University research projects.

Emphasising on the importance that Macquarie University devotes to research, Professor Sakkie Pretorius, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) said the ARC grants were recognition not only of Macquarie’s past exceptional research performance but of Macquarie’s potential across a diverse set of research projects.

“The result demonstrates the rich research environment at the university that encourages our academics to greatness across a range of fields. Successful grant applications take an extraordinary amount of time and dedication and the outstanding result is testament to the research quality produced by Macquarie academics,” he added.

AASCB Accreditation

The university’s Faculty of Business and Economics has been merited with the distinguished AACSB International accreditation. The AASCB was established in 1916 and is the oldest-serving accreditation body worldwide for business schools.

“AACSB Accreditation recognises institutions that have demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development and student learning,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International.

Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Macquarie University’s team of academic staff, teachers and researchers works proficiently towards providing quality education to its students.

Known for developing knowledge and skills that are professionally in demand among employers, Macquarie University has been rated with 5 stars by QS Top Universities Rankings.

The university has a wide network of partnerships with world-class universities across the US, Europe, UK and Asia; as well as industrial giants such as Microsoft, Google, Johnson & Johnson. These partnerships reflect the university’s global reputation in top-notch teaching innovations and research; and churning out globally employable graduates. These partnerships with prestigious organisations have also resulted in Macquarie University being featured among the top 1% of universities worldwide.

Macquarie University’s specialised centre, the Learning Innovation Hub has experts and specialists offering assistance in enhancing the efficiency of the university’s learning and teaching processes. It plays a pivotal role in developing and managing innovative teaching techniques that involve technical and modern methods. It also helps in maintaining the quality of teaching and provides professional learning opportunities.

Study options

Study options

International students in Macquarie University have an extensive range of interdisciplinary degrees to choose from. The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across subjects including business, engineering & IT, health & medical sciences, environment, law & security, media, history, languages, art, science and education. The degrees are crafted with an emphasis on employability and industrial knowledge.

There are two ways in which Macquarie’s undergraduate courses are designed. On one hand, students taking up certain courses must complete the units in a particular sequence in order to graduate. On the other hand, there are other courses, which provide students a broad range of majors to choose from, in their fields of study.

However, students of postgraduate level benefit from more flexibility, as they can customise the coursework and research programmes to incorporate modules that don’t relate to their primary focus field.

Besides undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, Macquarie University also offers its students options such as study abroad programmes, research programmes and internships. With so many options, Macquarie University’s focus is to cater to the needs of all its students. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Undergraduate programmes

International students willing to enrol for undergraduate programmes are required to meet at least one of the following conditions:

  • Complete senior secondary school from a recognised institution or university entrance examinations like the New South Wales Higher School Certificate (NSW HSC) or equivalent overseas qualification.
  • Complete foundation course from a recognised university
  • Earn a 2 or 3-year diploma or associate degree
  • Complete a minimum of one year of a recognised university degree 

Postgraduate programmes

Masters (by coursework)

General pre-requisites for international students applying for master’s programmes include a bachelor’s degree from a standard university that is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an Australian university.

The specific requirements vary with the courses. Some requirements include prior work experience in the field and an advanced educational qualification such as a bachelor’s degree with honours.

Students will also have to meet the specific Grade Point Average (GPA) to enrol for most of the master’s (by coursework) courses. The GPA indicates the average academic performance of the students in their bachelor’s course.

For international students to identify the equivalences for the grading system, the university has listed out grading schemes used in 25 countries against the Macquarie’s 7-point GPA system. For those countries without a GPA system, the list also includes the minimum pass standard that is required.

Masters (by research)

Academic research experience is one of the mandatory criteria for students applying for master’s (by research) or PhD programmes in Macquarie University. More information regarding other eligibility conditions can be found on the university’s higher degree research page.



Students in Macquarie University are guaranteed a lively and an engaging environment – courtesy of the university’s wide variety of facilities and services ranging from academic and health assistance to recreational societies and infrastructure.

Library: With a high-tech modern robotic crane to fetch books within minutes, the Macquarie University boasts an automated retrieval collection. It is the first among Australian university libraries to use this technology.

Macquarie University Hospital: It is the first ever non-profit teaching hospital functioning on an Australian university campus. The hospital specialises in blending knowledge and expertise to provide a cohesive healthcare service.

Finance Decision Lab: Macquarie University has a specific lab that enables discussions among industrialists, international universities and governments about combined research projects and its relevance in the real world.

Recreation and social life: Macquarie University boasts over 170 student clubs and societies across varied interests like sports, culture and arts. These are an excellent platform for students to develop new skills and social networks.

Sports and Fitness: Macquarie University’s Sport and Aquatic Centre offers some of the best amenities among Australian universities. Some include a 25-metre swimming pool (indoor), a 50-metre heated swimming pool (outdoor); courts for tennis, squash, basketball; and a gym.

Its sport clubs also organise numerous programmes in dance, scuba diving, rowing, water polo, skiing, cricket and rugby at both beginner and competitive levels.

Accommodation: The university’s accommodation facilities are located both on and off campus. Students can choose from different accommodation styles that help them balance between their academic and social lives.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Offering one of Australia’s most generous scholarship programmes, Macquarie University provides several opportunities every year for international students, enabling them to undertake their studies. Some of the biggest scholarship options on offer include:

The Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships

The Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is granted in recognition of the academic excellence of the international students. This is a highly competitive scholarship which is awarded to future students and is based solely on academic merit.

This scholarship awards about AUD 10,000, which is applied towards the students’ tuition fee.

Macquarie University International College Scholarship

Macquarie University International College is a preferred pathway for those international students who seek alternative entry into the university’s undergraduate degrees.

Macquarie University International College Scholarship has been established to further the international students’ education in Australia, in areas including engineering, science, technology, as well as media and arts.

Under this scholarship, every successful student will be awarded AUD 3,000, which will be in the form of a one-off payment. This will be applied towards the college tuition fee of the students.


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Please avoid as an external student

David, Australia

Extremely poor experience.

I am an external masters student with Macquarie University and have had a very poor experience thus far. I have been frequently met with an overt disinterest, distrust, and overall lack of concern by Macquarie University's administration staff and extremely poor communication to boot. I ha
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Enrol only if you can't get admission to better uni

Anonymous, China

My advice for overseas students is always aim to get in to higher ranked uni like Sydney Uni, there's a reason for this. The quality of lecturers are obviously not as good as higher ranking university. The structure of courses is also not good as they do not encourage critical thinking very well. Better companies wil
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