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Overview

Uniquely located in the heart of Sydney, Macquarie University is home to 3,000 staff and more than 44,000 students from 140 countries.

Ranked in the top one per cent of global universities in the 2020 QS World University Rankings, Macquarie University’s mission is to provide transformative and practical learning experiences for students, ground-breaking innovation through partnerships with industry, and pioneering research discovery to better communities.

Macquarie offers more than 200 degrees in business, science, engineering, humanities, arts, media and communications, and medicine and health sciences. Students can also choose from Australia’s largest range of one-year master’s degrees or a wide range of double degrees to combine their interests and diversify their career prospects. In the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject, Macquarie has seven subjects ranked in the top 100 globally.

Macquarie is located in Sydney’s fastest growing business region with more than 300 companies located on or around campus. Macquarie staff and researchers have access to outstanding research from some of the world’s leading organisations, while many degrees are created in collaboration with industry partners and accredited by professional associations. Thanks to Macquarie’s practical curriculum and strong industry partnerships, the university is ranked number one in Australia for Graduate Employment Rate (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020).

Macquarie has invested more than AUD 1 billion to build a world-class 126-hectare green campus, equipped with advanced digital facilities and extensive support services for students. It is the only Australian university with an on-campus private hospital and a metro station.

Macquarie has one of the most generous scholarship programmes in Australia for international students, with more than AUD 4 million awarded each year in scholarships.

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Average tuition fees per year

Undergraduate
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A$34,850

Postgraduate
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A$35,460

Vocational
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A$31,000

Costs per year

Living costs

A$28,553

Campus accommodation

A$19,630

What’s new

What’s new

AACSB Accreditation

The university’s Faculty of Business and Economics has been recognised with the distinguished AACSB International accreditation. The AACSB 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.

Research partnership with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

Macquarie University and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) announced a new research agreement that will provide opportunities for Macquarie students to gain valuable real-world experience in the frontier application of artificial intelligence (AI) in the financial services sector.

As part of the substantial research agreement, TCS and Macquarie will provide research scholarships to postgraduate students, giving them global research exposure, access to international conferences and the opportunity to work on projects that explore the use of data analytics and AI in the financial services sector.

The partnership will also create future opportunities for Macquarie students, including access to the Tata Global Internship Programme (TGIP), which provides internships that enable students to build critical business skills while working on real projects globally. The students will learn how Tata manages operations across its conglomerate of companies spanning a wide range of industries.

Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Macquarie University’s team of academic staff, teachers and researchers work towards providing a quality education to students.

The university has a wide network of partnerships with world-class universities across the U.S., Europe, UK and Asia, as well as with industrial giants such as Microsoft, Google, and Johnson & Johnson. These partnerships reflect the university’s global reputation in teaching innovation and research, as well as producing globally employable graduates.

Macquarie University also hosts a specialised Learning Innovation Hub, where experts and specialists work on 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 to maintain the quality of teaching and provides professional learning opportunities.

Study options

Study options

With more than 200 degrees, Macquarie offers a wide range of courses in business, science, engineering, information technology, humanities, arts, media and communications, medicine and health sciences. Students can also choose from Australia’s largest range of one-year master’s degrees or a wide range of double degrees to combine their interests and diversify their career prospects. In the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject, Macquarie has seven subjects ranked in the top 100 globally.

Undergraduate

Students can choose to study a single or a double bachelor’s degree.

Single bachelor’s degrees are perfect if students have a strong interest in one area or a specific career goal. In these degrees, students can choose to specialise in one or two majors within their chosen area of study, while still having access to flexible elective units to explore other interests.

Double bachelor degrees involve studying two complementary or completely different degrees. They can help students increase their career flexibility and lead to greater employment prospects.

Postgraduate

Students can choose from a wide range of master’s degrees to advance their knowledge and career prospects. Macquarie has the largest range of one-year master’s degrees in Australia. Depending on the student’s prior academic qualifications, work experience or other recognised prior learning, they might be eligible for a one-year admission point into their chosen master degrees, enabling them to fast track their studies and save time and money. Students can also choose to complete two master degrees in as little as two years from a selection of popular double masters on offer.

Students could also choose to complete a Master of Research or a PhD at Macquarie in their areas of interest. The university also offers a wide range of pathway, English, executive traning, study tour and study abroad programmes.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Undergraduate programmes

To apply for an undergraduate programme, international students will need to have completed one or more of the following academic qualifications:

  • A recognised senior secondary school qualification or university entrance examination, such as the New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC) or other equivalent Australian or overseas high school qualification.
  • A recognised university foundation course
  • A recognised 2 or 3-year Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree
  • At least one year of a university degree from a recognised institution

Postgraduate programmes

Masters (by coursework)

In general, entry requires a bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution considered equivalent to an Australian bachelor’s degree (Level 7 on the Australian Qualifications Framework).

Some courses may require previous study or work experience in a related area, a higher-level qualification such as an Honour’s Bachelor (AQF Level 8), or other additional entry criteria that must be satisfied. Some courses may also have a specific Weight Average Mark (WAM) requirement, which reflects overall performance in the student’s previous qualification and based on a percentage average (out of 100).

Depending on students’ prior qualifications, work experience, or other recognised prior learning, they may also be eligible for shorter admission points (ranging from 1 to 1.5 years) in master’s courses, enabling them to fast track their study and save on time and money.

Masters (by research)

To apply for a masters (by Research) or PhD programme, students should be able to demonstrate research experience in their previous studies. Students can refer to the Higher Degree Research website for more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Facilities

Facilities

Macquarie is home to some of Australia’s most exceptional facilities, offering students a convenient and engaging campus environment. The university has invested more than AUD 1 billion in building a wide variety of facilities and services ranging from academic and health assistance to recreational and entertainment options.

Library: A centrally-located learning and research facility, which houses the first automated book storage and retrieval system in Australia, a green roof, an exhibition space and a dedicated postgraduate study area. The library offers study spaces for more than 3,000 students and holds more than 1.8 million academic and research records. 

Macquarie University Hospital: Australia’s first not-for-profit teaching hospital on a university campus. The hospital provides students with practical learning experiences while connecting researchers and industry partners in interdisciplinary initiatives and projects to better the health of patients and community.

Finance Decision Lab: An immersive learning and research space that combines world-class financial and business analytics with real-time market data to demonstrate the impact of finance decisions.

Macquarie University Incubator: An award-winning facility dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation on campus. With educational programmes and networking initiatives, students, staff and researchers are supported to turn their business ideas into reality.

Metro station: The only Australian university with an on-campus metro station, which provides students and staff with new driverless, convenient and safe public transport to the Sydney city centre and surrounding suburbs.

Accommodation: The university has seven accommodation facilities located both on and off campus. Students can choose from different accommodation styles that help them balance between their academic and social lives in a supportive and vibrant community.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Macquarie has one of the most generous scholarship programmes for international students in Australia. Each year, the university awards more than AUD 4 million in scholarships and grants for students from different backgrounds and nationalities to undertake further studies in higher education. Some of the biggest scholarship options on offer include:

Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships

The Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is awarded to recognise academic excellence for international students. This scholarship provides up to AUD 10,000 applied towards the programme’s tuition fee.

Country Specific Scholarship

Macquarie offers a wide range of tuition fee waiver scholarships for international students from priority markets. The scholarship is valued from AUD 5,000 up to AUD 10,000 per year applied towards tuition fees for the programme duration.

Government and Partner Scholarships

Macquarie University is an approved provider for many international government and academic institution scholarship programmes. The university also warmly welcomes recipients of the Australia Awards programme funded by the Australian government.

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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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Rankings

QS World University Rankings 2020
Source: QS

237th

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020
Source: THE

201st

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019
Source: ARWU

201st

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