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Macquarie University



Ranked in the top 200 global universities, (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021) Macquarie University provides transformative and practical learning experiences for its students.

Located in the heart of Sydney, the university has 3,000 teaching staff who welcome more than 44,000 students from 140 countries.

Macquarie offers more than 200 degrees across multiple disciplines, including the largest range of one-year master's degrees in Australia. The university also offers a variety of double degrees, so students can combine interests and diversify career prospects.

The university has invested more than AUD 1 billion in its world-class 126-hectare green campus. It is equipped with advanced digital facilities, extensive support services, as well as being the only Australian university with an on-campus private hospital and metro station.

Subject areas taught at the university includes:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Media and communications
  • Medicine and health sciences.
  • Science

14 of Macquarie's subjects are ranked in the top 150 globally by the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

The university provides ground-breaking innovation through industry partnerships and pioneering research. Many of its degrees are created in collaboration with industry partners and accredited by professional associations.

There are over 300 companies on or around Macquarie's campus, and its staff have access to outstanding research from some of the world's leading organisations. Because of its practical curriculum and strong industry partnerships, the university is ranked number one in Australia for Graduate Employment Rate (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020).

For international students, Macquarie also has one of the most generous scholarship programmes in Australia, awarding over AUD 4 million each year.

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What's new

What's new

AASCB Accreditation

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

AACSB is the oldest-serving accreditation worldwide body for business schools. It recognises institutions who demonstrate excellence in a variety of areas, including teaching, research, curricula development and student learning.

Research partnership with Tata Consultancy Services

Macquarie University has recently announced a new research agreement with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

This partnership will provide students with unique opportunities to gain valuable real-world experience in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI) within the financial services sector.

The partnership will create future opportunities for Macquarie students, including access to the Tata Global Internship Programme (TGIP), where students develop critical business skills while working on real global projects. On these internships, students learn how Tata manages operations in its companies, which spans a wide range of industries.

As part of this comprehensive agreement, Macquarie and TCS will also provide research scholarships to postgraduate students. This will provide global research exposure, access to international conferences and opportunities to work on projects that explore the use of data analytics and AI within the financial sector.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Macquarie University has an expert team of academic staff, teachers and researchers who all provide a quality education to students.

The university boasts strong partnerships which reflect its global reputation for teaching innovation and research. Macquarie has a wide network of partnerships with world-class universities and organizations across the U.S., Europe, UK, and Asia. With connections with industrial giants such as Microsoft, Google, and Johnson & Johnson, the university's graduates are globally employable.

Macquarie University also hosts a specialised Learning Innovation Hub, where experts and specialists help to develop the efficiency of the university's learning and teaching processes. It plays a pivotal role in development and management of innovative teaching techniques at the university. Enhancing technical and modern methods at Macquarie, the innovation hub helps to maintain the quality of teaching and provides professional learning opportunities.

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Department structure

Department structure

Macquarie offers more than 200 degrees across a wide range of courses. This includes:

· Arts

· Business

· Engineering

· Health sciences

· Humanities

· Information technology

· Media and communication

· Medicine

· Science

Fourteen of Macquarie's subjects are ranked within the global top 150 of the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Students can also choose from a wide range of double degrees, allowing them to combine their interests and diversify career prospects.


The university offers single and double bachelor's degrees.

When studying single bachelor's degrees, students can specialise in one or two majors within their chosen area of study, while still accessing flexible elective units to explore other interests. Single degrees are ideal for students with a strong interest in one area or a specific career goal.

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


Macquarie offers the largest range of one-year master's degrees in Australia, helping students to advance their knowledge and career prospects.

The university also offers a wide range of others postgraduate programmes. This includes English pathways, executive training, study tour and study abroad programmes, double master's, Master of Research and PhDs.

Depending on prior academic qualifications, work experience or other recognised prior learning, students can be eligible for a one-year admission point into their chosen master degrees. This enables them to fast track their studies, saving time and money. Double master's students can also complete two master's degrees within two years.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Undergraduate programmes

International applicants to undergraduate programmes at Macquarie need to have completed at least one of the following academic qualifications:

  • A recognised senior secondary school qualification or university entrance examination (such as the New South Wales Higher School Certificate or other equivalent Australian or overseas high school qualification).
  • A recognised university foundation course
  • A recognised two or three-year diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree
  • At least one year of a university degree from a recognised institution

Postgraduate programme

Masters (by coursework)

Applicants will usually need 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 also require applicants to have previous study or work experience in a related area, a higher-level qualification such as an Honour's Bachelor (AQF Level 8), or a specific Weight Average Mark (WAM) requirement.

Depending on applicants' prior qualifications, work experience, or other recognised prior learning, they may also be eligible for shorter admission points for master's courses. Ranging between 12-18 months, this enables students to fast track their study and save on time and money.

Masters (by research)

To apply for a research master or PhD programme, applicants need to demonstrate research experience in their previous studies.

Applicants should use the Higher Degree Research website for more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply.

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Macquarie has some of the most exceptional university facilities in Australia. The institution has invested more than AUD 1 billion in a wide variety of facilities and services, providing students with a convenient and engaging campus environment.

Its facilities range from academic and health assistance to recreational and entertainment options.

Accommodation: The university has accommodation facilities located both on and off-campus. Students can choose from several accommodation styles, helping to balance academic and social activities in a supportive and vibrant 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 financial decisions.

Library: The university's library holds more than 1.8 million academic and research records. It has enough study spaces for more than 3,000 students, including dedicated areas for postgraduates.

A centrally located learning and research facility, it also boasts a green roof and exhibition space. It also houses the first automated book storage and retrieval system in Australia.

Macquarie University Hospital: This is the first not-for-profit teaching hospital on an Australian university campus. As well as providing a practical learning environment, the hospital also connects students with expert researchers and industry partners. Its interdisciplinary projects help to improve the health of patients and the local community.

Macquarie University Incubator: This award-winning facility develops entrepreneurship and innovation on campus. With educational programmes and networking initiatives, students, staff and researchers can turn their business ideas into a reality.

Metro station: Macquarie is the only Australian university with an on-campus metro station. It provides a driverless, convenient, and safe public transport to the Sydney city centre and surrounding suburbs for students and staff.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Macquarie offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes for international students in Australia. The university awards over AUD 4 million in scholarships and grants each year to students from different backgrounds and nationalities. Some of the biggest scholarship options include:

Country-Specific Scholarship

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

Government and Partner Scholarships

Macquarie is an approved provider for many international governments and academic institution scholarship programmes. This includes recipients of the Australia Awards programme, which is funded by the Australian government.

Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarships

Macquarie's Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship recognises academic excellence for international students. This scholarship awards up to AUD 10,000 towards the programme's tuition fee.

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International students

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Macquarie University Macquarie University
Rated5/5based on2 student reviews
Customer reviews:
Macquarie University - by, 2020-01-29
5.0/ 5 stars
Macquarie University Macquarie University
Rated5/5based on2 student reviews
Customer reviews:
Macquarie University - by, 2020-02-03
5.0/ 5 stars

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