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Macquarie University

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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 in the top 1% 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. Macquarie has 11 subjects ranked in the top 100 in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Macquarie 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. In 2017 Macquarie awarded around AU$5 million in scholarships, including more than 370 to commencing international students 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.

Macquarie’s unique PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) program gives students practical experience while studying and can help open doors to an exciting career. The program focuses on work-integrated learning, encouraging students to take up internships and placements in leading companies or community programmes, alongside the classroom learning approach.

The Macquarie University 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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What’s new

What’s new

Macquarie University’s campus spans 126 hectares, with green open space for students to think and grow. More than $1 billion has been invested in recent years in facilities and infrastructure, so students can thrive in an environment that’s inspiring and switched on to the latest digital technologies.

New facilities for staff and students will 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.

The recently opened Macquarie University Incubator offers a vibrant and accessible space for students, researchers, staff, entrepreneurs, and start-ups to work on their research or ideas that can be commercialised. The incubator fosters a growing entrepreneurial community that can share and contribute experience and resources to accommodate and support ideas during their early stages of development.

Study options

Study options

Macquarie University offers international students a wide range of world-class interdisciplinary degrees, developed with graduate outcomes as a focus, while combining 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 the choice of 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 they are able to include subjects outside 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 all students find a programme suited to their needs.

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 completed 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 admission into 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 programme applicants must demonstrate their 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.


Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Macquarie University has one of the most generous scholarship programs in Australia, providing many opportunities each year for international students to undertake studies. Some of the major scholarship options include:

The Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships

Designed to recognize academic excellence these scholarships 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.




Macquarie has a host of facilities and amenities on campus to ensure a comfortable, vibrant, and enjoyable living and learning experience for all 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.


The Macquarie University library is the first University library in Australia with an automated retrieval collection (ARC). This high-tech robotic crane will deliver books in minutes.

Macquarie University Hospital

Australia’s first not-for-profit teaching hospital on a university campus. Combining the best available knowledge and expertise to ensure patients receive a comprehensive and integrated healthcare service, the Hospital is redefining healthcare excellence.

Finance Decision Lab

The Finance Decision Lab facilitates collaboration with industry, regulators, governments and leading overseas universities to ensure research outcomes are robust, realistic and relevant.

Career and Employment Service

The team at the Career and Employment service give expert advice on preparing a resume, identifying career options and the skills necessary for particular careers, and can connect students with employers and industries bodies.

Recreation & Social Life

With more than 130 student groups and sports clubs, Macquarie offers students ample opportunity to meet new people, experience other cultures, test ideas and develop personal skills.

Sport & Fitness

Macquarie sport clubs offer a range of competitive and beginner programs in AFL, cheerleading, cricket, dance, fencing, hockey, guidditch, rowing, rugby union, scuba diving, skiing and snowboarding, soccer, squash, table tennis, ultimate Frisbee and water polo.


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.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

Macquarie University is committed to producing graduates capable of transitioning into other industries outside the focus of their learning. Every course at Macquarie focuses on building the two skill sets employers seek in graduates: hard and soft skills. Both these skills are both highly transferable across all industries, regardless of the course and the jobs available in the coming years.

Graduate Employment Programmes

Students can enrol in graduate employment programmes offered by companies, including 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 assists students in preparing a resume, identifying career options or connecting with employers and industry bodies. 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.


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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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