Macquarie University

North Ryde, New South Wales


University Location North Ryde, New South Wales
Address Balaclava Road, North Ryde, NSW, 2109, Australia
Main Campus North Ryde
City Population 6 million
Student Population 44,000
Int'l Student Population 10,000
Semester 1 Start February
Semester 2 Start July


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

Established in 1964, Macquarie University 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.

Macquarie is proud to engage students and staff through transformative learning and life experiences, and to serve the world through discovery, dissemination of knowledge and ideas, innovation and deep partnerships.

Unconstrained by tradition, Macquarie takes a pioneering approach to research and have created an enviable reputation for research excellence. In fact, 100 percent of the university’s research is ranked at world standard or above and more than 100 of Macquarie’s researchers are ranked in the top one percent of researchers in the world.

Why Study Here?

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

The university’s unique location, in the heart of Australia’s largest high-technology precinct, provides you with an environment of outstanding research and innovation, and exceptional learning and teaching opportunities with world-leading organizations.

More than AUD$1 billion has recently been invested in the university’s facilities and infrastructure so students and staff can thrive in an environment that is inspiring and switched on to the latest digital technologies. Some of Macquarie’s outstanding facilities include

  • Australia’s first and only private, not-for-profit hospital on a university campus;
  • Australian Hearing Hub;
  • global headquarters of Cochlear;
  • state-of-the-art library featuring a robotic book storage and retrieval system;
  • sport and aquatic centre;
  • on-campus railway station.

Some popular Macquarie programs among Canadian students include graduate medicine and undergraduate medicine, physiotherapy, chiropractic, public health, teaching, and audiology.

Location Details

North Ryde Campus
Located in a suburb of Sydney, Macquarie’s North Ryde campus is situated in the heart of Sydney’s high-tech northwest corridor, home to the Australian headquarters of multinational companies such as Microsoft and Sony. World-leading companies such as Cochlear Australia are in the university’s Research Park. Programs are also offered at Macquarie City Campus, located in the heart of Sydney’s central business district.

Average temperatures in summer (December, January, and February) are approximately 20°C 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.


“I’ve had some incredible clinical educators that I’ve learned so much from”

I love it. It feels like a home away from home. There are so many services and activities offered, the facilities are lovely, I'm very pleased. I'm enjoying every minute. It's almost going by too fast! The staff are highly educated and supportive, they're approachable and kind. I'm also enjoying my clinical placements, I've had some incredible clinical educators that I've learned so much from and am so grateful for. I feel like I could talk for days about this!

Macquarie University Danielle R
Master of Speech and Language Pathology
Macquarie University, 2019

“It is a beautiful campus with great staff and facilities.”

It is a beautiful campus with great staff and facilities. The work life balance is great. Only being in class 3x a week gives you lots of time to study and leisure or work as well. However I may have preferred to do a more condensed two year program.

Macquarie University Daphne N
Doctor of Physiotherapy
Macquarie University, 2019

“The faculty know each of us as individual people and supports us as such”

MQ is a really nice campus, the MD program is a little isolated (closer to the hospital) but that's okay. It's in a part of Sydney that doesn't require you to live deep in the big city which is really nice. Being so close to the mall makes it easy to do all the life things outside of school too (ie. banking, phone plans, grocery shopping - you can do all of that on your lunch or before going home). The MQMD program is fantastic. Being so small it really feels like a little fami... Read More

Macquarie University Emma B
Doctor of Medicine
Macquarie University, 2019

“With the small class size and great team of staff around us, they give you the tools to succeed”

Love Macquarie University. The campus is beautiful and there is a strong support network available to anyone who needs it. The MD program has been great. With the small class size and great team of staff around us, they give you the tools to succeed, especially in such a stressful program.

Macquarie University Paulina A
Doctor of Medicine
Macquarie University, 2019

“They [the instructors] are enthusiastic and passionate about the content and deliver it in an interesting way.”

I like the small cohort; I feel like you get to know your classmates a lot more closely. I also like the enthusiasm of the instructors. They are enthusiastic and passionate about the content and deliver it in an interesting way.

Macquarie University William B.
Macquarie University, 2018

“…everyone really cares about the students here which is really comforting.”

Program is great but difficult (fast pace). Very nice teaching staff for the most part. The university itself is situated a little far from th city which is sometimes inconvenient however everyone really cares about the students here which is really comforting. Also, MD and DPT students have many lectures together and clinical hours together which is really interesting and fun !

Macquarie University Eric A.
Macquarie University, 2018