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Macquarie University

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Uniquely located in the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct in scenic green space close to cosmopolitan Sydney, Macquarie University is home to 40,000 students and 2,000 staff.

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

Ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world and 9th in Australia in the 2018 US News Best Global Universities Rankings, Macquarie’s pioneering focus is on innovation, research and exploration.

It has invested over AU$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.

Macquarie has one of the most generous scholarship programmes in Australia for international students, with over $6 million in funding offered for a diverse range of criteria.

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 created in collaboration and also accredited by professional organisations.

Additionally, students benefit from a powerful three-stage career accelerator initiative alongside internships and work placements resulting in excellent employability rates.

The Global Alumni Network provides leadership and networking events across Australia, the Asia–Pacific, Europe and North America enabling graduates to connect and achieve their dreams.

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Fees are per year and for indicative purpose


Fees are per year and for indicative purpose







What’s New

What’s New

Macquarie University is all set to embrace the future by investing heavily in state-of-the-art infrastructure development to build a dynamic, sustainable and world-class campus.

New facilities for staff and students have been planned within the Central Courtyard Precinct. The new buildings are expected to serve a variety of functions, delivering new social and educational infrastructure at the very heart of the campus. There is also new on-campus accommodation planned for students.

A new Arts Precinct has also been planned, where the Faculty of Arts will consolidate ten of twelve departments into a precinct that showcases the unique nature and focus of each. The project also includes a new building with an office and showcase area and a consolidated museum facility.

There are also several other projects - some completed, some in the pipeline - focused on improving convenience, connectivity and accessibility, green spaces and sustainability. Examples include the Macquarie University Incubator, opened in 2017, a new Bioscience research facility, and the new Macquarie Active Zone Experience (MAZE) facilities for students, which is a new hub for student clubs and the home of the Campus Engagement team.

Study Options

Study Options

Macquarie University offers international students a wide range of world-class interdisciplinary degrees to choose from, developed with graduate outcomes as a focus, while combining with real-world learning.

Macquarie’s undergraduate courses are structured in two ways - while some courses require students to follow a specific sequence of units that must be completed in order to graduate, others allow them to choose from a wide range of majors in their areas of study. Students also have the option to undertake a double degree in either a complementary or completely different area of study.

Postgraduate students can tailor coursework and research programmes so that they are able to include subjects even outside of their main academic focus area.

Subject areas covered span the entire academic spectrum. Undergraduate and postgraduate courses are offered in:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering and IT
  • Environment
  • Health and Medical Sciences
  • Law, Security and Intelligence
  • Media, Creative Arts and Communication
  • Science
  • Society, History and Languages

In addition to enrolling in undergraduate and postgraduate courses, students also have the option to study abroad, undertake research, complete an internship or study English at Macquarie. The range of options ensures that students will find a programme that is suited to their needs.

Graduate Outcomes

Graduate Outcomes

Macquarie University is committed to increasing students’ ability to find and use valuable experience, learn new skills, and gain a greater understanding of themselves and the personal attributes that will sustain their careers. It is also about making students capable of transitioning into other industries outside the focus of their learning on campus.

Graduate Employment Programmes

Students can enrol in graduate employment programmes offered by companies, that include training, support and development opportunities. Generally, these programmes last between one to two years, although some engineering and science programmes can last up to three years. 

These programmes can include areas potentially outside students’ own disciplines. Some multi-national firms may even offer overseas opportunities as part of their programme. 

Postgraduate programmes are very competitive, and the selection process can start as early as a year prior to the programme commencing.

Career and Employment Service

The Career and Employment Service runs events, including industry-specific careers fairs such as the Law Fair, Trading, Consulting, and Banking Fair, biannual Graduate Careers Fairs and a new Start-Up Fair.

It also hosts employer presentations and workshops to give students greater insight into a specific organisation or industry.


Macquarie’s multi award-winning PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) programme is for all undergraduate students and is a vital part of their career preparation. The programme allows students to undertake a practical activity with one of over 2,500 partner organisations across Australia and around the world.  Students get to learn from industry leaders, gain vital contacts, and develop the skills to enhance their employability.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Undergraduate Applicants

International students applying for admission to undergraduate programmes must have a recognised secondary or high-school qualification or have done a university foundation course. Other qualifications accepted are a two or three-year diploma from a recognised university or the completion of a minimum of one year of a university degree.

Postgraduate Applicants

Students applying for a place on a Masters programme at Macquarie University must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognised institution in their own country or region.

Research and PhD programmes require applicants to be able to demonstrate research experience in their previous studies. Applicants should have completed a master's degree from a recognised institution with a major research component. The research undertaken is expected to be of an equivalent scale and scope to the Macquarie University MRes thesis, and at a Distinction level (75% or greater).

English Language Requirements

Macquarie University requires applicants at all levels to have a certain level of English language proficiency. Requirements vary at different levels but applicants generally need a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS, with no band less than 6.0, or an equivalent TOEFL score.



Macquarie has a whole host of facilities and amenities on campus to ensure a comfortable, vibrant, and enjoyable living and learning experience for students. From academic support and health and wellness to infrastructure for recreational pursuits and various culinary choices, students will always have something to do or somewhere to go for support.


Macquarie University Library is the repository of millions of print and electronic resources. The library has zones for group study and quiet individual study areas. It has computers, printers, copiers and presentation practice pods, all available for use by students. It also has an on-site café.


Macquarie University is home to Australia’s first and only private, not-for-profit hospital on a university campus. The latest research discoveries in diagnosis and treatment are applied via the hospital and other on-campus clinics to support a healthier living experience.

Recreation & Social Life

International students can choose from over 130 student groups to be a part of. Other avenues to meet and interact with fellow students include the voluntary Buddy programme and getting involved with the student publication team.

Sport & Fitness

The Macquarie University Sport support team are on hand to help students choose how to lead a healthy and active life. Students can participate in various sport and fitness programmes, get focused with a personal trainer, or workout at their own pace in the state-of-the-art Health Club.


The Campus Common is Macquarie’s new food, beverage, entertainment and social precinct. Ubar is the central entertainment venue at Macquarie University, offering a wide range of entertainment options, a great selection of beverages including coffee, and chill-out areas for students to hang around in.

Museums & Galleries

The Art Museum and the numerous other galleries with their varied collections are great places for those with scholarly and cultural inclinations.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Macquarie University has plenty of scholarships and grants for international students. A couple of the major scholarship options are:

The Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships

These have been designed to recognize academic excellence and are awarded progressively to international students throughout the year. This is a partial tuition fee scholarship for outstanding academic achievers to study at Macquarie’s North Ryde Campus. The scholarship amount is varied up to AU$10,000 covering Engineering, Environment, Human Science, Media, Linguistics, and Education as its priority areas.

Macquarie University International College Scholarship

This scholarship has been developed to help students progress on the preferred pathway for alternative entry to Macquarie’s undergraduate degrees. Priority subject areas for this scholarship include Science, Technology, Engineering, Media and Arts. The scholarship provides AU$3000 annually towards students’ tuition fees for the length of the course.

There are many more scholarship options for students to explore at Macquarie at all levels of study – undergraduate, postgraduate and research. Most are for all international students, while some of them may be limited to students from specific countries or regions.

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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

Josephine, 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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