Macquarie University




University Location North Ryde, New South Wales
City Population 6 million
Student Population 44,000
Int'l Student Population 10,000
Main Campus North Ryde
Semester Intake February & July
Application Deadline No set deadline*

Studying STEM at Macquarie University

Breaking from tradition and challenging convention has influenced this university to offer personalized degrees and programs created through collaboration with industry leaders.

Progressive and influential, Macquarie University is among the top two percent of universities in the world serving 40,000 students spread over two main campuses. Macquarie is in the outskirts of bustling Sydney, so you are given the option of staying in a big city atmosphere or opting for a smaller town vibe when choosing your accommodation. It really is the best of both worlds!

Breaking from tradition and challenging convention has influenced this university to offer personalized degrees and programs created through collaboration with industry leaders.

Why Study STEM at Macquarie?
Uniquely located in the largest high-tech sector in Australia, you’ll have access to outstanding facilities—like an on-campus observatory!

Combining research and practical engagement you’ll have the ability to develop a complete and well-rounded education.

Faculty of Science and Engineering
The faculty prides itself on the leadership and work programs that prepare for real-world careers.

It is home to four schools and two research departments:

  • School of Computing
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • School of Natural Sciences
  • Applied BioSciences
  • Australian Astronomical Optics (AAO) — Macquarie

On this page you’ll find a list of available study areas for international students. Because we can’t highlight all available programs, we have chosen a few popular programs for Canadians. If what you’re looking for isn’t shown, please reach out to

STEM Study Areas

Master of Information Technology in Artificial Intelligence
Duration: 2 years
Campus: North Ryde
Intakes: February & July

The artificial intelligence specialization will provide you with the advanced knowledge and skills required for a successful career working with AI systems. You’ll critically examine emerging trends and topics, such as machine learning and natural language understanding. You’ll also consider ethical and legal questions about AI systems and learn about core AI techniques and the business context in which they operate. And, you’ll have many opportunities to undertake practical hands-on experience developing and assessing AI solutions for business, including the option of an industry-based internship or supervised research project.

Related fields for prior qualifications include information technology, statistics, mathematics, engineering, science, actuarial studies, data science, statistics, and computing.


School of Engineering
Macquarie’s engineering program offers a theoretical foundation combined with modern, innovative, practical and hands on skill development. You will have access to collaborative learning spaces and units grounded in experience and engagement. You’ll be prepared to step outside of the classroom and contribute to the issues facing the world upon graduation.

Program areas include civil and environment, electrical and electronic, mechanical, mechatronic, and software.

Master of Engineering Management
Duration: 2 years
Campus: North Ryde
Intakes: February & July

Designed for engineers who are looking to formalize their project management credentials, the Master of Engineering Management will bridge the gap between the field of engineering and the field of business management. It will unlock your technical and general management potential and will enable you to take the next step towards business leadership. You’ll gain the skills you’ll need to apply innovative business management practices to your technical engineering knowledge so that you can identify opportunities to grow your business through strategic approaches to project management, supply chain management, business leadership, and human resources management.


School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Peer into our universe’s distant past or learn the mathematical techniques to find solutions to real world challenges with mathematical and physical sciences at Macquarie.

In the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, you’ll learn from internationally recognized researchers and academics. You’ll be taught to use your knowledge to make a profound impact on the world today. Upon graduation you’ll be joining an elite group of individuals that are leading the industry through innovation and adapting environments.

Program areas include astronomy and astrophysics, biological science, biotechnology, chemistry, conservation and sustainability, earth and environmental science, mathematics and statistics, molecular sciences, physics.

Master of Data Science

Duration: 1 – 2 years (depending on education history)
Campus: North Ryde
Intakes: February & July

The interdisciplinary Master of Data Science will provide you with the technical skills to work in data science across a variety of industries. It emphasizes concepts, insights and skills that will enable you to use current technologies and adapt to and create new technologies. You’ll be able to process and analyze data sets; use mathematical and statistical modelling techniques, machine learning, and data mining to solve challenging problems; and communicate your findings to different audiences.


School of Natural Sciences
By studying the science of life and all living things, we aim to deliver sustainable, practical solutions to complex issues affecting real-word problems in our environment, human health and disease. At Macquarie’s School of Natural Sciences, you can study in the fields of

  • Biological and medical sciences – Explore diverse sub-disciplines including cell and developmental biology, behaviour, biodiversity, conservation, ecology, genetics, microbiology, anatomy, and physiology.
  • Earth and environmental sciences – By focusing on practical skills and field-based learning, Macquarie teaches students how to understand and manage the environment.
  • Molecular and chemical sciences – Join a community that’s pioneered the science of proteomics, leads food industry training in molecular technologies, and is a breeding ground for burgeoning biotechnology companies.

Master of Conservation Biology
Duration: 1 – 2 years (depending on education history)
Campus: North Ryde
Intakes: February & July

The Master of Conservation Biology, which focuses on the theory, practice and ethics of biological conservation from the level of wild populations to entire ecosystems, will equip you with such specialist skills. You’ll advance your knowledge in areas such as climate change biology, regional and global conservation, GIS and remote sensing, wild populations, field methods, as well as undertake a biology research placement.

Master of Environment
Duration: 1 – 2 years (depending on education history)
Campus: North Ryde
Intakes: February & July

The multidisciplinary and future-focused Master of Environment will provide you with the skills required for roles in emerging green sectors, such as renewable energies, as well as for roles in traditional—industry, construction, and agriculture—that are evolving to be greener. And with the degree’s renewed focus on industry engagement, you’ll have unique opportunities to not only build your industry networks, but to gain valuable practical experience working in partnership with industry to develop solutions to genuine environmental challenges.


Connect with Us

If you’re interested in applying to graduate STEM program at Macquarie University, please reach out to the OzTREKK student advisor listed below. Together, we’ll find a program that fits!

Admission Timeline

*While there is no set application deadline, you are encouraged to submit your application a minimum of 6 months prior to the program start date.


Here are some of the most frequently asked STEM questions we receive. Of course, if you don’t see your question listed here, please feel free to email us!

Can my partner or family come to Australia with me if I get an offer? 

Many Canadians wish to fulfill their career goals after getting married, having kids, or both! We’ve had plenty of students who have taken their partner and/or children with them.

If you want to take your partner or family with you, you’ll need to add them as a secondary applicant or dependents to your student visa application. Even if you don’t plan on taking them with you, we suggest you add them to your application anyway because it can be complex, expensive, and time-consuming to add them afterwards. You’ll then need to provide additional documentation to support your claims of a relationship or your children’s dependency status.

In addition to looking after the visa, you’ll also need to ensure they’re included on your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), you have appropriate accommodation, and if you’re bringing children, you’ll need to enroll them in school.

Visit our Health Insurance page for more information.

When should I apply?

We recommend you begin your OzTREKK application about a year before your program would start. Most programs in Australia start between January and March, so that means you would start your OzTREKK application between January and March the year prior.

Here’s how the typical “cycle” works if your program starts January – March:

March – May: You gather all required documents like passport photo page, transcripts, résumé, personal statement, and send them to our office. Don’t worry, we’ll tell you exactly what we need!

June – August: Interviews (if your program requires one)

September – December: Offer time! If you get an offer, we’ll walk you through the acceptance (or decline) process and give you all the help you need to get ready to go.

January – March: Time to head Down Under!

Can I apply if I’m only 17?

Yes, but you’ll require parental or guardian consent (signature). OzTREKK will provide the necessary documentation for this signature.

If you won’t be 18 when your program starts, you’ll be required to show that you’ll be living with an approved guardian until you turn 18. If you don’t have an approved guardian in Australia, you may need a family member to apply for a guardian visa to accompany you. This guardian visa should be obtained as part of the student visa application


Can my entire application be submitted through OzTREKK?

Absolutely. We manage and submit your application(s) on your behalf and communicate any updates from the universities.

Applying to an  Australian or New Zealand university starts by filling out our OzTREKK application: You’ll tell us a bit about yourself, like your name, address, date of birth, education history, and what schools you want to apply to!

When you click “Submit,” the application with all your information only comes to us, so there’s no need to worry about making a mistake at this stage. We then create a file for you (based on your name, not a number!) and email you a list of documents required to complete your application—things like passport photo page, transcripts, résumé, personal statement—but it depends on the program, as some programs require more paperwork than others.

If you get an offer, we’ll help you with that part, too! Whether you want to accept or decline, we’ll help you figure out your next steps. If you accept your offer, we’ll even help you get ready to go. We’re here to be an advocate for you, and to walk you through the entire process from start to finish.

Should you have any questions along the way, just send us an email or book a chat. That’s why we’re here!

Are there any scholarships for international students?

Scholarship options in Australia are usually limited for international students as they tend to be reserved for those undertaking postgraduate research degrees; however, we can advise you where to look and whether specific programs have a history of offering scholarships.

Occasionally, scholarships are granted to high achievers—those with very high marks. In previous years, we have seen $5000- to $10,000-scholarships given to OzTREKK students.

Check out OzTREKK’s Financing page to learn more about scholarships and paying for your degree.

What does “rolling admissions” mean?

Rolling admissions means the university assesses applications as they are received, or on a “first come, first served” basis. As soon as they’ve met the quota and the program is filled, they close the applications. So, for a program that has rolling admissions, the earlier you apply the better!

How does OzTREKK know if my application will be competitive?

The majority of Canadians applying to full-degree programs in Australia (i.e., not study abroad courses, which usually only last a semester or two) apply through OzTREKK. They’re studying medicine, dentistry, law, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, etc.

Since they’re using OzTREKK’s services, this gives us a good idea of the starting point of a competitive application each year, allowing us to help you determine which universities/programs are most likely to present you with a letter of offer!

You can get started on determining your chances by reviewing the admissions requirements on each program page. Then, visit our GPA Conversions and Eligibility pages for details and suggestions to help you get into the program of your dreams. Of course, OzTREKK is always here to help if you have questions.

What is a 5.0 GPA in Australia?

Unlike in Canada, GPAs in Australia are simple. They are standardized, so they mean the same thing to everyone.

In Australia, a 5.0 / 7.0 would roughly translate to a 2.7 / 4.0 or approximately 70% – 72%, but keep in mind all universities assess slightly differently.

Learn more on our GPA Conversions page where we list the most common Canadian GPA scales to their corresponding Australian GPA grade.

Which prerequisites do I need?

Prerequisite courses vary by university and by program. We’ve listed university- and program-specific requirements on each program’s page under “Admissions Requirements.”

How do universities calculate GPA?

Calculations differ by university, but most use cumulative (all units within a program) or weighted GPA (typically last 2 or 3 years of study). See GPA Calculations for more information.

Can I do my courses online?

Some programs may offer online delivery, although it is important to note that international students in an online program are not eligible for an Australian student visa. If you choose to study online, you will have to study this program from your home country.

Can I transfer credits from my Canadian university?

Typically, international universities do not allow an automatic transfer of studies; however, you can apply for credit based on your previous studies, and if the university determines your previous courses are equivalent to those in their program, they will offer you credit for those subjects.

To apply for credit, you will need to provide a list of subjects from your undergraduate degree that you feel are relevant to this program or which might overlap with program content. You will then need to collect the detailed course outlines for each of these subjects, and we can submit these to the Australian university with your application.

What does an “Honours” program mean?

Honours studies in Australia differ from Honours studies at Canadian universities. In Australia, an Honours degree is typically awarded after an additional year of research has been completed following the standard 3-year undergraduate degree program. In Canada, an Honours degree is usually awarded after four years of undergraduate study and may or may not include an undergraduate thesis, depending on the school and program.

What are official transcripts, and how do I send them?

Currently, our Australian universities require original transcripts to assess your application—certified by OzTREKK, which means we have to put our stamp on paper. Literally.

Usually, students order transcripts from their high school, college and/or university and have them mailed to our office. Alternatively, you can pick up your transcripts and mail them to OzTREKK, as long as they remain in their original, sealed envelopes.

You will need to submit final transcripts (showing your degree/diploma is completed) from every institution you have attended. We only require one copy of each transcript, even if you apply to multiple universities or programs.

OzTREKK educational services
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Alternatively, your high school, college and/or university can email them to

P.S. Try sending your documents via FedEx and Purolator, especially when you need your documents to arrive at our office ASAP. If you use Canada Post’s courier Xpresspost, please don’t request a signature, as this can add unexpected delays!

As soon as your transcript arrives, we’ll let you know!

When should I apply?

Applications typically open a year in advance of the program start date. We recommend that you begin your application in January/February and aim to have your documents in by the spring/early summer.