Macquarie University

Admission criteria and entry schemes

To be offered a place in a course you must meet the course entrance requirements and be selected in competition with other eligible applicants.

At Macquarie, we’re all about success. With Macquarie Entry, we recognise that students have different strengths, interests and personal circumstances, and so we look at a variety of criteria. To best help you follow your passion at Macquarie, we’ve created a simple entry program navigator that allows you to compare all of our entry programs to work out which ones suit you the best. 

Visit Macquarie Entry Navigator.

Undergraduate applicants

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

AUSTRALIAN YEAR 12 STUDENTS

Admission is based on the selection rank you receive after completing your Australian Year 12 qualification or International Baccalaureate (IB) in 2019. The selection rank considers your ATAR or equivalent rank, plus any adjustment factors you’re eligible for.

SELECTION RANK ADJUSTMENTS

Selection rank adjustments may allow 2019 Year 12 applicants to receive an offer to a program even though they have an ATAR below the published lowest selection rank. Macquarie University takes into account a number of adjustment factors when calculating your selection rank. For most participating courses, your selection rank can be increased by up to 10 points; some courses limit this to 5 or 6 points. 

Macquarie University adjustment factors.

EQUITY-BASED FACTORS

EDUCATIONAL ACCESS SCHEMES

Macquarie recognises that life circumstances or events beyond a student’s control can impact education, opportunity and achievement. That’s why we’ll consider a student’s individual situation.

If students have experienced educational or social disadvantage, or other special circumstances, they may be eligible for up to five additional points.

Macquarie University EAS applications are processed centrally through UAC.

ACHIEVEMENT-BASED FACTORS

The following factors recognise a student’s record of accomplishment in a range of interest areas and activities:

ELITE ATHLETE AND PERFORMER ADJUSTMENTS

If performing, training or competitive commitments have affected your HSC or study preparation, you may be eligible for selection rank adjustments under the Special Admission Scheme – Elite Athletes and Artistic Performers. Macquarie’s Committee will consider individual circumstances and determine if a student is eligible. 

Elite Athletes and Artistic Performers.

ACADEMIC ADVANTAGE

Academic Advantage applies to the majority of Macquarie’s courses and recognises your achievements in Year 12 subjects that relate to Macquarie’s courses.

Depending on your performance, you may receive up to three additional points for each subject, up to a maximum of six points. UAC will automatically adjust your selection rank if Macquarie University course is listed in your preferences.

Academic Advantage.

BIG HISTORY SCHEME

Students may be eligible to earn three additional points by completing our Big History: Connecting Knowledge MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) available through the COURSERA® platform.

Big History Scheme.

DUKE OF EDINBURGH, QUEEN’S SCOUT AND QUEEN’S GUIDE AWARDS SCHEME

If you have completed the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen’s Scout or Queen’s Guide programs, you may be eligible to receive up to three additional points. This adjustment factor scheme recognises your commitment, discipline and determination as you have ventured outside of your comfort zone to excel and develop your interpersonal, employability and practical skills.

Duke of Edinburgh, Queen’s Scout and Queen’s Guide Awards Scheme.

LOCATION-BASED FACTORS

REGIONAL ENTRY SCHEME

Students from rural or regional Australia who don’t have access to the same resources as students in cities and larger towns may be eligible to receive up to nine additional points through the Regional Entry Scheme, depending on the remoteness of their primary residential postcode. This scheme applies to the majority of Macquarie’s courses. 

Students can enter their postcode into the online calculator to estimate how many points they are eligible for.

Regional Entry Scheme.

MACQUARIE CATCHMENT ADJUSTMENTS

Macquarie offers five adjustment factors to students who live or go to school in Macquarie’s catchment region. 

Note: If you qualify for both Macquarie Catchment Adjustments and Regional Entry Scheme, you will only receive adjustment factors for one, from whichever scheme awards you the highest amount.

Catchment Adjustment Factors.

CRITERIA THAT MAY APPLY IN ADDITION TO ATAR

In addition to achieving the standard of performance required for admission, for certain courses you must also satisfy any additional selection criteria, such as a personal statement, questionnaire, portfolio of work, audition, interview or test. These criteria are taken into account either instead of, or in conjunction with, your ATAR or equivalent.

Details of additional selection criteria and how you can meet these requirements are outlined in the course descriptions.

If you are undertaking your Year 12 studies outside Australia and are applying to a course that has additional selection criteria that you will find difficult to meet, contact Macquarie University.

ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE

Assumed knowledge is specified in the course descriptions. While it is not a requirement for selection to a course, you may find the course difficult if you have not completed the specified HSC courses.

BRIDGING COURSES

Our bridging courses provide learning support, a useful refresher and a solid foundation for your university studies. 

Mathematics and statistics

The Numeracy Centre offers free help with the mathematics or statistics component of any first-year course, including statistics, psychology, economics, physics, accounting, actuarial studies, electronics, biology, chemistry and mathematics. The centre works on a drop-in basis during the week and runs a variety of bridging courses at the beginning of every session.

The Numeracy Centre also offers a number of courses at the start of each year on a fee-paying basis.

Our Preparatory Course in Mathematics is an intensive course for students from various mathematical backgrounds who need to enrol in first-year mathematics courses or who need a solid review of introductory mathematical concepts.

Two different streams are available. Review sessions are also run to refresh prerequisite knowledge early in the session.

For more information, visit the Numeracy centre website, call (02) 9850 8924 or email fse.numeracy@mq.edu.au.

Chemistry

Our chemistry bridging course is for students who are studying science at university but did not study chemistry at HSC level, for those needing to gain confidence in chemistry, and for those students who want a refresher course in chemistry.

It is excellent preparation for CBMS104 (Biomolecules) and CBMS107 (Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 1).

For more information, email fse.molsci-reception@mq.edu.au.

Physics

The physics bridging course prepares you for studies in physics, astronomy, engineering, medical sciences and related disciplines. It provides learning support, a useful refresher and a solid foundation for your university studies in science.

If you have not completed physics to HSC level or equivalent, this course is recommended to give you background knowledge to support your studies in PHYS140/PHYS143 or PHYS106/PHYS107. It is also excellent preparation for PHYS149 and a foundation for the GAMSAT.

For more information, please contact fse.physacadmin@mq.edu.au or call (02) 9850 4166.

Macquarie University bridging courses.

OTHER ADMISSION OPTIONS

MACQUARIE LEADERS AND ACHIEVERS 

The Macquarie Leaders and Achievers program - which will support and inspire you as a global leader of tomorrow - considers your commitment to service, engagement and leadership, as well as your school results.

If you’re selected for this program, Macquarie University will make you an early offer. You’ll also participate in exclusive activities while you’re still at school. The program is available for a select group of Macquarie courses. 

Macquarie Leaders and Achievers.

ACADEMIC ENTRY PROGRAM

Our Academic Entry Program matches your strengths to our world-class courses. The program considers your performance in individual subjects and matches your strengths to a course that suits you.

We review your results for the NSW HSC Board Developed Courses (Category A subjects only) that correspond to select Macquarie degrees and make an offer dependent on your performance in these subjects. The program is available for 96 Macquarie courses for 2020 entry.

Academic Entry Program.

SCHOOLS RECOMMENDATION SCHEMES

Macquarie University participates in the Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS), which is processed centrally through UAC. SRS allows your school to recommend you for an early university offer. Your Year 11 academic achievements as well as your school’s rating of your aptitude and learning ability will be looked at. If you are found to be suitable, you'll be made an early offer. The program is available for most Macquarie courses, including some distance programs.

How Schools Recommendation Schemes work.

GIFTED AND TALENTED ENTRY PROGRAM

The Gifted and Talented Entry Program allows high-achieving students the opportunity to undertake Macquarie first-year units while in Years 11 and 12. If you successfully complete your units with the necessary GPA, you may be eligible to receive an early offer for a select number of Macquarie courses once you complete Year 12. 

Gifted and Talented Entry Program.

LIMITED ATAR

Under certain circumstances you may be admitted based on a Limited ATAR.

Pathways to Macquarie University.

Applicants with higher education study

If you have previously undertaken tertiary studies, you’ll be considered for selection on the basis of your overall record of academic merit — in both secondary and tertiary study. If you have tertiary award studies but haven’t completed a Year 12 certificate, you’ll be considered for selection on the basis of your tertiary rank. 

PREVIOUS MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

Previous Macquarie University students applying to return to the same undergraduate degree, should apply via UAC. Students who have been previously excluded from Macquarie University (from 2018 onwards) must apply as a new applicant via UAC.

Admission is competitively based on academic merit. We recommend that you undertake further studies to improve your academic performance to gain entry into your desired program.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you have completed a specified diploma or advanced diploma, you could be eligible for articulation into a limited range of Macquarie courses.

OTHER ENTRY PROGRAMS

MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE DIPLOMA

Macquarie University International College offers diploma programs to help you transition into university study. Developed specifically to meet Macquarie’s entry requirements, the College offers four diplomas that are designed so that upon successful completion you can go straight from your pathway studies into your chosen Macquarie University bachelor degree. On successful completion you’ll gain guaranteed entry into the second year of a relevant degree provided you meet the entry criteria. 

If you don’t receive a competitive offer based on your academic ranking, Macquarie University offers pathways to degree study.

NEXT STEP

Next Step allows you to study Macquarie units and, if completed successfully, get credit towards your chosen course even if you don’t have the required ATAR or equivalent for entry into a bachelor course. This program is available for a select group of Macquarie courses.  

OPEN UNIVERSITIES AUSTRALIA

Open Universities Australia allows you to study Macquarie units at your own pace, building towards a full Macquarie degree. Study is completely online and is open to students with an ATAR below entry requirement or even no ATAR at all. 

Applicants with overseas qualifications

Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia with overseas qualifications should seek information about eligibility for admission from Macquarie University before submitting an application through UAC. If you apply on the basis of overseas qualifications, you may be required to sit an English language proficiency test.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

The Walanga Muru Early Entry Pathway is an equity initiative aimed at increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation within bachelor courses. It provides opportunities to Indigenous Australians who may not have completed their HSC or acquired a necessary selection rank for entry into their course of choice.

Attendance at an interview is required as part of the selection process. Particular courses may require additional supporting information. Offers will be made according to merit, based on demonstrated capacity to undertake university study.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Indigenous Student Support Officer prior to applying. Call (02) 9850 4498 or visit the Macquarie University website.

International Year 12 applicants

General requirements

As an international student completing one of the following qualifications in 2019, you will apply for admission through UAC and will generally be selected on the basis of your performance in these studies (ie your ATAR or equivalent):

  • an Australian Year 12 qualification (either from outside or within Australia)
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3.

When assessing your application, Macquarie University may take any or all of your qualifications or attempts at study into account.

If you have performed well in Year 12 subjects relevant to the course you are applying for, you may be eligible to receive an offer to a course even though you have an ATAR or equivalent below the lowest selection rank. Macquarie University International College, located on the North Ryde campus, offers diplomas and foundation-level studies. These programs facilitate entry to the first or second year of select Macquarie bachelor degrees.

MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

Macquarie University International College (MUIC) offers programs to help you transition into university study. 

MUIC Diploma programs are developed specifically to meet Macquarie’s entry requirements. On successful completion you’ll gain guaranteed entry into the second year of a relevant degree provided you meet the entry criteria. 

If you don’t receive a competitive offer based on your academic ranking, Macquarie University offers admission pathways.

Macquarie University International College.

CRITERIA THAT MAY APPLY IN ADDITION TO ATAR

In addition to achieving the standard of performance required for admission, for certain courses you must also satisfy any additional selection criteria, such as a personal statement, questionnaire, portfolio of work, audition, interview or test. These criteria are taken into account either instead of, or in conjunction with, your ATAR or equivalent. 

Details of additional selection criteria and how you can meet these requirements are outlined in the course descriptions. 

If you are undertaking your Year 12 studies outside Australia and are applying to a course that has additional selection criteria that you will find difficult to meet, contact Macquarie University.

MACQUARIE LEADERS AND ACHIEVERS

The Macquarie Leaders and Achievers program - which will support and inspire you as a global leader of tomorrow - considers your commitment to service, engagement and leadership, as well as your school results.

If you’re selected for this program, Macquarie University will make you an early offer. You’ll also participate in exclusive activities while you’re still at school. The program is available for a select group of Macquarie courses.

Postgraduate applicants

General requirements

The basic admission qualification for postgraduate courses is completion of a relevant, recognised bachelor degree. Admission is competitive and applicants will be considered on academic merit and any other criteria as specified by the faculty. Details of admission qualifications and any additional requirements such as work experience, supplementary forms or interviews are listed in the individual course description in the course search.

OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

If you have undertaken studies in an overseas country you may have to provide proof of English language proficiency.

Additional selection criteria

You may have to submit additional material as part of your application process; this will depend on the course/s for which you are applying. Submit your material by the date specified in the individual course descriptions.

For details, check individual course descriptions in the course search.