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University Overview

Macquarie University is a modern, sophisticated and cosmopolitan leading provider of education in Australia which began in 1967. Macquarie is a university which prides itself on outstanding academic achievement and high quality research.

Macquarie University is located in the suburb of North Ryde, and is set on 135 hectares of bushland which includes a sculpture park, golf driving range, two hotels and many historical, scientific and cultural museums. The Macquarie University campus houses a Research Park which is well known and regarded.

The University strives to be at the cutting edge of research and technology, with an emphasis on innovation in all aspects of our curriculum. Innovation combined with a commitment to excellence has resulted in recognition for the University in a range of areas.


Macquarie University is a good place to study because it offers industry-relevant undergraduate degrees, provides students with overseas study and exchange opportunities in over 50 countries and has a vibrant campus life. In the undergraduate level, faculties include arts, business, human sciences, medicine and health sciences and science and engineering.

The study options offered at Macquarie include full-time, part-time, distance study, evening classes and mid-year starts. As for the entry requirements, Macquarie does not solely look at students ATAR ratings. Other pathway options are also available for students who have insufficient ATAR ratings. Macquarie also offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate students.


Macquarie offers a range of postgraduate courses which can give graduate students the professional accreditation they need, the skills to explore their passion and the opportunity to launch their careers. There are two types of postgraduate study at Macquarie, postgraduate study by coursework and postgraduate study by research.

Available qualifications in the postgraduate coursework include masters, postgraduate diploma and postgraduate certificate. Study areas include business, education, engineering and it, environment, health and medical sciences, law and criminology, science and society, history and languages. Research programs can lead to two different research qualifications, Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Study Online

Macquarie offers many undergraduate and postgraduate study online programs in fields such as the arts, human sciences, science, actuarial studies, history, business and finance and psychology. Macquarie also has connections with Open Universities Australia (OUA).

The Centre for Open Education (COE) assists students undertaking external units or courses, including undergraduate and postgraduate degrees by distance education. COE provides advice and guidance and, where possible, liaises with other University staff on the student's behalf.

Students are provided with different learning resources such as mobile apps, learning programs, student forums and chatrooms, CD's, assignment folders and wall planners and diaries. They can interact with tutors through audio, video, chat, and other interactive tools.

International Students

Macquarie University runs a number of support programs that are specifically designed for overseas students. Pre-departure guidance is offered to help students make their arrival in Australia easy and stress-free. Important information about student visa, rules for working while studying, health insurance and tips for bringing their partner and children to Australia are provided. International students are also informed about accommodation options. From on-campus colleges to off-campus apartments, Macquarie will help find the right home for students.

Free airport pick-up on arrival in Australia is provided to students. When settled, an International student orientation is scheduled. Macquarie also arranges free counselling services, mentoring programs and academic assistance to international students. International student volunteers are also available any time to answer questions and other concerns. Macquarie has one of the most generous scholarship programs in Australia, providing many international student scholarships each year.

Tuition Fees

Macquarie University tuition fees vary depending on student status and the course being undertaken. International students are generally required to pay the full fee for undergraduate study while both local and undergraduate students can be required to pay the full fee for postgraduate study. Sample average indicative fees from Macquarie include:


Business:$34,726   Arts/Education:$30,570   Engineering/Science:$34,726  


MBA:$40,000   Arts/Education:$32,584   Engineering/Science:$32,584  

Check with the University directly for the cost of study of the courses in which you have an interest or you can check out the Australian universities with the lowest fees for international students for more general information.


Macquarie offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate students. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and/or other hardship. The university also recognizes factors such as academic excellence, sporting achievement, outstanding character and extra-curricular activities. Aside from undergraduate scholarships, postgraduate scholarships are also available at Macquarie.

Macquarie has generous scholarship programs in Australia for international students. Examples of international scholarships include the vice-chancellor's international scholarship, marketing partner scholarships, Macquarie university south Asia scholarships and the Macquarie university African scholarships.

University Life

Student activities and programs make up the university life at Macquarie. There are over 120 student groups to choose from, ranging from film, drama, dance, to those with a religious, political or human rights focus. A health club, heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, group fitness and spin studios, courts and facilities for squash, basketball and badminton are also available. Students are encouraged to join social sports competitions.

To be able to improve student life, onsite caf�s, retail ranges and courtyards are in place. Macquarie also schedules a lot of social activities and events, travel excursions and outings for students each semester. Support services such as transitioning programs, accommodation services, guidance and counseling, financial assistance and scholarships are all offered by the university.

Student Reviews

Macquarie student reviews include many comments about the university's highly experienced and competent teachers and how they create an interactive learning environment for students. Students say that they are not afraid to ask questions because teachers are very accommodating and friendly.

Many students greatly appreciate Macquarie's huge campus, its huge grass field and peaceful environment. Students also mention about the school's friendly and laid-back atmosphere which is convenient for learning and socialising.

Aside from all these aspects, students also comment about Macquarie's excellent facilities, specifically citing its huge gym, clean swimming pool and large parking space. Students say that all facilities are well-maintained and kept in tip-top shape.

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