Macquarie University

About Macquarie University

A place of inspiration

Macquarie’s campus spans 126 hectares, with open green space that gives you the freedom to think and grow. We are a key partner in the Macquarie Park Innovation District (MPID) – Australia’s premier innovation hub. With more than 300 leading companies located on or around the Macquarie campus, you’ll tap into industry connections that gives you the edge in your future career. Our Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) program will connect you with organisations that offer internships and practical work placements, both locally and internationally, giving you the skills and experience that employers are looking for. We also facilitate international exchange opportunities with more than 150 partner universities around the world.

Macquarie is home to some of Australia’s most exceptional facilities, including our own Macquarie University Hospital, a multi-award-winning incubator for budding entrepreneurs, a cybersecurity hub, a multi-million-dollar media hub and cutting-edge science and engineering labs. More than $1 billion has recently been invested in our campus, meaning you get to study in an environment that’s world-class, inspiring and switched on to the latest technologies.

Acceptance and enrolment

Undergraduate applicants

New undergraduate students have the opportunity to enrol online in their first year at Macquarie. Students who intend to study at Macquarie should secure their place online promptly. 


Students who intend to study at Macquarie should secure their place online promptly. Note that most external units do have an on-campus attendance requirement for field trips, workshops and/or examinations.

For acceptance and enrolment instructions, visit the Macquarie University website


If you are seeking recognition for prior learning, you must complete an application and provide the relevant supporting evidence. 

To find out more, visit the Macquarie University website.


Orientation takes place the week before classes begin and is the best way to find out what university life has to offer. This is your chance to meet the Macquarie’s University Mentors, who take you through the basics of university and help ease the transition into university life. 

For more information, visit the Macquarie University website.


Deferment is available to all applicants (excluding Diploma, Foundation and all pathway programs), for up to one year only. The offer will lapse if tertiary studies (eg Certificate IV and above, university studies) are undertaken during the deferment period. 

To find out more, visit the Macquarie University website.

International Year 12 applicants


Successful applicants need to accept their offer by the date outlined in the offer notification.


Orientation is essential for all new international students at Macquarie University — it’s also a lot of fun! As well as receiving important information about studying at Macquarie, you will meet Macquarie’s student advisers, take part in social events, meet other students, receive academic advice and enrol in your course.


Course deferment of up to one year is available on application to the University.

To find out more, visit the Macquarie University website.

Postgraduate applicants


Successful applicants will be provided with a web link to accept their offer and enrol.


Macquarie seeks to recognise your prior learning experiences, whether through formal qualifications or through other types of non-formal and informal learning, for credit towards its degrees. If you have prior learning that matches the criteria listed for your intended degree, you may simply submit the degree application via UAC and your RPL will be assessed through the admissions process.

Recognition of prior learning.


If you have received an offer for postgraduate coursework degree study at Macquarie, you may be able to defer your place at Macquarie for one year. Deferments are available in a 12 month block only.

Deferment is only available for some postgraduate coursework fee paying programs. Deferment is not available for:

  • Commonwealth-supported place offers
  • Macquarie University Graduate School of Management (MGSM) offers
  • Applied Finance Centre (AFC) offers
  • research course offers.

Campus information


Macquarie University's campus in North Ryde is located on 126 hectares within the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct, just 15 kilometres from the city centre.

The campus comes complete with shops, cafes, banks, a bar, pharmacy, bulk-billed medical clinic, private hospital, counselling services, financial aid, childcare and on-campus wifi. And all within walking distance to a major shopping precinct.

Macquarie's sports facilities are some of the best university facilities in the country – the Sport and Aquatic Centre features swimming pools, a state-of-the-art health club, squash and basketball courts, and a martial arts area.

It’s a diverse campus, with a strong focus on equity, diversity and inclusion. Staff and students from more than 100 countries study and work here. A range of services support students from culturally diverse backgrounds, Indigenous Australians, students who identify as LGBTQI and those with a disability.

Transport options also make Macquarie one of the easiest universities to get to by public transport. There are more than 4000 car spaces on campus, regular buses and an on-campus train station.

Student and campus services

Macquarie University offers a range of student support services. These include counselling, chaplaincy, academic assistance and learning support, and employment and career advice. Campus facilities include a medical centre, computing centre, sporting and recreation facilities, and a childcare centre. The University supports a variety of student organisations, clubs and societies.

Macquarie’s Campus Wellbeing has dedicated support services for students with special needs. 


Macquarie University is committed to providing its students with an enjoyable, enriching experience, and support is readily available. Student services at Macquarie include:

  • student advisers
  • airport reception
  • study skills service
  • careers service
  • social events and excursions
  • graduation and farewell functions.

To find out more, visit the Macquarie University website.


Macquarie University is committed to enabling access and inclusion for students with a disability. Macquarie’s Disability Service works with students and academic staff to develop individualised access plans by providing the required reasonable adjustments. Some examples of reasonable adjustments may include Exam provisions, Course materials in alternative formats or access to AUSLAN interpreters. Macquarie’s library has been fitted with quiet study space and some with specialised equipment. A range of assistive equipment is also available for loan. Macquarie is constantly improving the wheelchair accessibility of its campus.

Students wishing to request support from the Disability Service (including those prospective students who have completed a questionnaire for UAC applicants with disabilities), should make an appointment with a Disability Adviser immediately after enrolling.

To find out more, visit the Macquarie University website.


Macquarie offers an array of safe, supportive and friendly accommodation options, including university housing, residential colleges, self-contained studios, apartments and private listings to suit all needs. Accommodation Services has dedicated staff to provide support during your transition into university.

To find out more, visit the Macquarie University website.


Macquarie University’s campus is well equipped with access to health services, including:

  • general medical practice
  • chiropractic
  • pharmacy
  • physiotherapy
  • counselling and welfare service.

Fees and charges

Undergraduate applicants

All Macquarie University students must pay student contributions for a Commonwealth-supported place (CSP). When you study in a CSP course, you only have to pay part of the cost of your course (a student contribution) and the Australian Government pays the remainder of the cost. 

To find out more about course fees, visit the Macquarie University website.


Most students are also required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2019 these are:

  • full-time students – $151 per half year ($302 annually)
  • part-time students – $81 per half year ($162 annually).

To find out more about the SSAF, visit the Macquarie University website.

International Year 12 applicants

Fees for international students are set annually and calculated on a per credit point basis based on the course of study.

To find out more about Macquarie's fees policy, visit the Macquarie University website.


Most students are also required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2019 these are:

  • full-time students – $151 per half year ($302 annually)
  • part-time students – $81 per half year ($162 annually).

To find out more about the SSAF, visit the Macquarie University website.

Postgraduate applicants

Postgraduate coursework programs are either a fee-paying program (FEE) or Commonwealth-supported place (CSP) for which the Australian Government makes a contribution to the University towards the cost of a student’s education.

Where it has been stated that a program offers CSP only, it is expected that, based on current enrolment numbers, all new students in that program will be given a CSP. If it is necessary to limit numbers, the CSP will be awarded on academic merit. Courses with limited CSP are indicated on the course list. The availability of CSPs may change from year to year and the University reserves the right to vary, without notice, any information relating to fees applicable to enrolment in any course or unit of study.

Some postgraduate courses at Macquarie offers both CSP and FEE places. CSPs are limited and the offer selection process is normally held closer to the start of the session. Applicants are strongly recommended to include the FEE program as a preference to maximise your study opportunities.

The Australian Government has proposed changes that will affect the fees that universities can charge. For the latest information, including loan and government scholarship assistance details, visit the Australian Government's Study Assist website.


Tuition fees are calculated on a per credit point basis. Students are charged on the basis of the number of postgraduate credit points attempted and not for the number successfully completed. Tuition fees are calculated each session on the basis of the student load for that session. 

Payment of the Student Services and Amenities Fee is compulsory for most students who study on campus.

To find out more, visit the Macquarie University website.

International students

Your stay in Australia


It is a requirement of the Department of Home Affairs that prospective international students can demonstrate that they have sufficient funds while living in Australia. 

Living costs include items such as:

  • accommodation (including rental bond)
  • electricity and/or gas
  • entertainment
  • food
  • personal and household items
  • telephone and internet bills
  • transport (bus/train).

To find out more about living expenses in Australia, visit the Macquarie University website.


During your stay in Australia you are permitted to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight during teaching periods, and unlimited hours outside teaching periods. Certain categories of voluntary, unpaid work is included in this total, and work undertaken as part of your course is not included. You should not rely on working to fund your tuition or living expenses while in Australia as work cannot be guaranteed and spending excessive amounts of time working may adversely affect your studies. Applications for work visas can only be submitted after you have arrived in Australia and started your classes. The Department of Home Affairs determines work entitlement for students. 

To find out more about working while studying, visit the Macquarie University website.


Before you are granted a student visa, the Australian Government must be satisfied that you have appropriate accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements in place for the period that you will be under 18 years of age while in Australia. Macquarie University accepts responsibility for welfare arrangements for international students who are under 18 years of age.

To find out more about Australian Government requirements, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Overseas Student Health Cover

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is insurance for international students to help them with the costs of medical and hospital care they may require while they are in Australia. OSHC does not cover dental treatment. 

Macquarie University’s preferred provider is Allianz Global Assistance.

The Australian Government requires all international students on a student visa and their dependants to purchase an approved policy from an Australian registered health fund for the duration of their visas. OSHC is not included in tuition fees.

To find out more about OSHC, visit the Macquarie University website.