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Macquarie University Quick Snap
Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Main Campus: North Ryde, Sydney
City Population: 5 million
Student Population: 40,209
International Students: 8,641
Semester 1 Starts: February
Semester 2 Starts: July
Faculties Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Business and Economics
Faculty of Human Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Macquarie Applied Finance Centre
Macquarie Graduate School of Management
Macquarie University International College
Macquarie City Campus

Macquarie University


Established in 1964, Macquarie University Sydney is ranked among the top 200 universities in the world. Set on 135 hectares of peaceful green parkland, Macquarie's modern campus is just 30 minutes from Sydney's city centre and features cutting-edge facilities for learning and research.

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As a Macquarie University student you will join a diverse and welcoming community of more than 40,000 students, with over 18,000 international students from more than 110 countries.

While only 50 years young, Macquarie has risen to be a progressive and influential institution both locally and internationally.

Ranked among the top two per cent of universities in the world and with a 5-star QS rating, Macquarie is considered one of the world’s best universities, producing graduates that are among the most sought-after professionals in the world.

With a strong tradition of innovation and exploration, we continue to break new ground, ranking among the top 100 institutions in the world for accounting and finance; communication, cultural and media; Earth and marine sciences; education; English language and literature; geography; law; linguistics and psychology.

Faculty of Arts

  • Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
  • Department of Ancient History
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of English
  • Department of Indigenous Studies – Warawara
  • Department of International Studies
  • Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies
  • Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Sociology
  • Macquarie Law School

Faculty of Business and Economics

  • Applied Finance Centre
  • Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance
  • Department of Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Marketing and Management

Faculty of Human Sciences

  • School of Education
  • Department of Cognitive Science
  • Department of Linguistics
  • Department of Psychology
  • Institute of Early Childhood


Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

  • Australian Institute of Health Innovation
  • Department of Biomedical Sciences
  • Department of Clinical Medicine
  • Department of Health Professions

Faculty of Science and Engineering

  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences
  • Department of Chiropractic
  • Department of Computing
  • Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Department of Engineering
  • Department of Environment and Geography
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Department of Statistics

Other Affiliated Organisations

  • Macquarie Graduate School of Management Pty Ltd
  • Macquarie University International College

Find out more about Macquarie! Check out Macquarie University In Profile 2015.

Why Canadians Enjoy Studying at Macquarie


Macquarie University has a reputation for being Australia's best modern university. The university is consistently ranked highly in international surveys, and Macquarie graduates are sought after by employers around the world.

A diverse student community and global outlook

Macquarie is rated 5 stars for student diversity by the The Good Universities Guide and international students comprise a third of Macquarie's student body. The university operates with a global perspective, encouraging its students to participate in cross-cultural exchange and global participation via unique programs such the Global Leadership Program and Participation and Community Engagement (PACE) initiative. Macquarie also has one of the most extensive international exchange programs of any Australian university, with student mobility funding giving everyone the opportunity to enhance their degree with international experience.

A vibrant campus and student lifestyle

At Macquarie everything you need to study, live and play is right on campus or nearby:

  • Macquarie's new multi-million-dollar library opened in 2011 and is like no other library in Australia. Built over five levels, it features learning lounges, presentation practice pods, Australia's first robotic document retrieval system and a café.
  • The Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre offers indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gymnasium and group fitness studios, basketball hall, squash courts and a martial arts area. The centre is so good that many professional Australian sporting teams use it for training.
  • Macquarie is the only Australian university with a private teaching hospital on campus. Numerous health and well-being services are available on campus including doctors, pharmacy, physiotherapy and counselling.
  • Macquarie is also the only Australian university with its own train station on campus, offering students an easy direct rail link to the city. More than 20 daily bus routes connect Macquarie directly to the city, beaches and suburbs.
  • The Macquarie Centre shopping complex is located adjacent to the university and offers a multiplex cinema, major department stores and supermarkets and more than 270 specialty stores.
  • Accommodation includes two residential colleges—Dunmore Lang College and Robert Menzies College—and four on-campus apartment complexes. The university accommodation service offers free airport pickup for new international students.

Macquarie has over 130 clubs and societies (including 15 sport clubs); joining one is a great way for international students to meet new people on campus and develop special interests and skills from leadership to group collaboration. The iClub international students club hosts a number of social events, excursions and trips throughout the year, allowing international students to connect and explore their new home country.

First-class facilities

Recent investments of over $1billion in infrastructure have allowed Macquarie to offer students and researchers the best technology and facilities, such as

  • Australia's most technologically advanced private hospital on a university campus;
  • Australian Hearing Hub;
  • global headquarters of Cochlear Ltd;
  • a state-of-the-art library featuring a robotic book storage and retrieval system;
  • a swimming and sports complex; and
  • an on-campus railway station


Well known for its prestigious business programs in accounting, actuarial studies and finance, Macquarie University is also a leader in fields such as science, engineering and linguistics. Times Education UK recently ranked Macquarie first in Australia and 14th worldwide for Environmental Science and the WLAN technology that led to Wi-Fi was developed at Macquarie and later sold for $500 million.

Research excellence

Macquarie achieved the maximum 5 rating—outstanding performance well above world standard—in three science disciplines in the recent Australian Government Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation, and 85 per cent of the university's research activity was rated as performing at world standard or higher.

Location: Sydney


Macquarie's North Ryde campus is situated in the heart of Sydney's high-technology north-west corridor, home to the Australian headquarters of multinational companies such as Microsoft and Sony. World-leading companies such as Cochlear Australia are located in the University's Research Park.

Courses are also offered at Macquarie City Campus, located in the heart of Sydney's central business district.

City History

The modern history of the city began with the arrival of a First Fleet of British ships in 1788 and the foundation of a penal colony by Great Britain.

Sydney established an elected city council in 1840 and was from 1788––1900 the capital of the British colony of New South Wales. The site of the first British colony in Australia, Sydney was established in 1788 and is Australia's oldest and largest city, set on a stunning harbour. Also the capital of the state of New South Wales, Sydney is home to two of the world's most recognizable icons—the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Inhabitants of Sydney are called Sydneysiders, comprising a cosmopolitan and international population.


As Australia is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons there are opposite to what we are used to in North America. Spring is generally viewed to run from September through November; summer from December through February; fall from March through May; and winter from June through August. So be prepared to wear shorts in January! Average temperatures in summer (December, January, and February) are approximately 20 to 26°C.

The temperate climate delivers warm summers and mild winters, with rainfall spreading throughout the year. January, the city's warmest month, averages temperatures between 18.6 °C and 25.8 °C. This warm climate attracts people to Sydney's iconic beaches, most notably Bondi and Manly, almost all year round.

Some Popular Macquarie University Programs for Students from Canada


Macquarie University has many programs to choose from. Listed below are some of the most popular.

Macquarie University Arts and Humanities (Undergraduate)

  • Bachelor of Arts (many majors to choose from)
  • Bachelor of Ancient History
  • Bachelor of Archaeology
  • Bachelor of Global Business
  • Bachelor of Hellenic Studies
  • Bachelor of International Studies
  • Bachelor of Marketing and Media
  • Bachelor of Security Studies
  • Bachelor of Social Science

Macquarie University Arts and Humanities (Graduate)

  • Master of Ancient History
  • Master of Arts (many majors to choose from)
  • Master of Children's Literature
  • Master of Creative Media
  • Master of Creative Writing
  • Master of Future Journalism
  • Master of Global Health and Development Studies
  • Master of International Communication
  • Master of International Business with Master of International Communication
  • Master of International Communication with Master of International Relations
  • Master of International Public Diplomacy
  • Master of International Relations
  • Master of International Security Studies
  • Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
  • Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism with Master of International Security Studies
  • Master of Policy and Applied Social Research
  • Master of Politics and Public Policy

Macquarie University Audiology School

Macquarie University Business School (Undergraduate)

  • Bachelor of Actuarial Studies
  • Bachelor of Applied Finance
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Business Analytics
  • Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce
  • Bachelor of Commerce (10 majors to choose from)
  • Bachelor of Commerce - Professional Accounting
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Bachelor of Global Business
  • Bachelor of Marketing and Media

Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM)

  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Actuarial Practice
  • Master of Applied Finance
  • Master of Commerce
  • Master of Economics
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of International Trade and Commerce Law
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Management
  • Master of Social Entrepreneurship

Macquarie University Engineering and IT

  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Information Technology

Macquarie University Environmental Sciences

  • Master of Conservation Biology
  • Master of Environment
  • Master of Environmental Planning
  • Master of Marine Science and Management
  • Master of Sustainable Development

Macquarie University Health Sciences

  • Master of Biostatistics
  • Master of Biotechnology
  • Master of Clinical Sciences
  • Master of Global Health and Development Studies
  • Master of Laboratory Quality Analysis and Management
  • Master of Radiopharmaceutical Science

Macquarie University Law School

Macquarie University Linguistics

  • Master of Advanced Conference Interpreting
  • Master of Advanced Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Master of Applied Linguistics and TESOL
  • Master of Speech and Language Pathology
  • Master of Translation and Interpreting Studies

Macquarie University Physiotherapy School

Macquarie University Science (Undergraduate)

  • Bachelor of Science (many majors to choose from)
  • Bachelor of Advanced Science
  • Bachelor of Environment (several majors to choose from)
  • Bachelor of Human Sciences
  • Bachelor of Marine Science

Macquarie University Science (Graduate)

  • Master of Applied Statistics
  • Master of Biostatistics
  • Master of Biotechnology
  • Master of Conservation Biology
  • Master of Geoscience
  • Master of Environment with a specialisation in Environmental Management
  • Master of Laboratory Quality Analysis and Management
  • Master of Marine Science and Management
  • Master of Radiopharmaceutical Science
  • Master of Research

Macquarie UniversitySpeech Pathology School

Macquarie University Teacher Education

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary or Secondary)
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