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
Program Campus North Ryde, Sydney
Program Duration 3 – 4 years
Semester Intake February & July
Application Deadline No set deadline*

Studying STEM at Macquarie University

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

STEM Study Areas

School of Computing
Study at Macquarie’s School of Computing and you’ll be in the heart of “Sydney’s Silicon Valley.”

School of Computing programs are designed through consultation with leaders in the field and the subjects within are entrepreneurship focused. This is an education that will set you up to succeed in real world scenarios.

Program areas include computer science, cyber security, data science, games design and development, information systems, software development, web and app development.

Bachelor of Cyber Security
Duration: 3 years
Campus: North Ryde
Intakes: February & July

The Bachelor of Cyber Security has been developed in consultation with cybersecurity experts from government and industry. You’ll gain the skills needed to harden organizations against cyber threats by building your awareness of the motivations, mindsets, capabilities and skills of cybercriminals; and by developing your expertise in information security and data privacy, offensive security, digital forensics, applied cryptography, secure coding, and artificial intelligence.


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.

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Duration: 4 years
Campus: North Ryde
Intakes: February & July

The flexible Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) has a strong focus on practical learning and offers you the choice of five specializations. You’ll learn how to formulate innovative solutions to today’s complex problems and you’ll be equipped with the skills you’ll need to mix it with history’s greatest engineers.


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 will 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.

Bachelor of Science (Major in Astronomy and Astrophysics)
Duration: 4 years
Campus: North Ryde
Intakes: February & July

In the astronomy and astrophysics major, you’ll develop the ability to independently and creatively solve problems by applying core physical principles, and relevant mathematical and computational techniques. You’ll learn to manipulate data sets using standard astronomical software packages and you’ll be able to provide analytical solutions to astrophysical problems through the manipulation of equations describing physical principles and by developing customized computer programs. You’ll also have access to study within the Macquarie University Observatory, the only operational on-campus observatory in Australia.


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, we teach our students how to understand and manage the environment – now and into the future.
  • 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.

Bachelor of Environment
Duration: 3 years
Campus: North Ryde
Intakes: February & July

Climate change and the environment are major concerns of our time. Environmental scientists and managers play important roles in addressing environmental issues, such as air, water and land degradation; ecosystem health; pollution and contamination; management of natural resources; and species extinction.

The Bachelor of Environment explores critical environmental systems and processes, relationships between humans and their environments, and the interactions that influence sustainable futures. It’s founded in the scientific aspects of the environment, the effects of human-induced changes, and the management of resources. You’ll become highly knowledgeable about how individuals, societies and governments can best navigate a path towards sustainability, and economic and social prosperity. With huge growth projected in the environment sector in the coming years, this skillset will see you in high demand.

Connect with Us

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

Admissions 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 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 will manage and submit your application(s) on your behalf and communicate any updates from the universities. We’re here to be an advocate for you, and to walk you through the entire process from start to finish.

OzTREKK will keep you on track with application deadlines, interview dates, and any applicable events. We’ll supply you with a step-by-step list of what you’ll need to submit, and when.

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 our admissions officers 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.”

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.

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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.

What if my transcripts / documents are not in English?

If your documents are not in English, you must provide full translation of each document, either prepared by your university or by a registered translator. You must not translate the documents yourself.

Please note OzTREKK must receive the official translation directly from the university or translator in order to certify the document. Please read How Do I Send My Transcripts for more information.