Macquarie University

About Macquarie University

A place of inspiration 

Uniquely located in the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct, Macquarie brings together 40,000 students and 2000 staff in one thriving hub of discovery. Our campus spans 126 hectares, with open green space that gives our community the freedom to think and grow.

More than AU$1 billion has recently been invested in our facilities and infrastructure so our students and staff can thrive in an environment that is inspiring and switched on to the latest digital technologies.

With more than 300 leading companies located on or around the Macquarie campus, our students are able to tap into industry connections that give them an edge in their future careers, while our staff have access to outstanding research and innovation opportunities with some of the world’s leading organisations.

Renowned for excellence

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.


A proud tradition of discovery

Macquarie is bold and innovative. Unconstrained by tradition, we take a pioneering approach to research. Such an approach is largely responsible for our enviable reputation for research excellence – 100 per cent of our research is ranked at world standard or above and more than 100 of our researchers are ranked in the top one per cent of researchers in the world.

Our framework for the future – world-leading research with world-changing impact – is brought to life by renowned researchers whose audacious solutions to issues of global significance are benefiting the world we live in.

Looking to the future, we have developed five research priorities – healthy people, resilient societies, prosperous economies, secure planet and innovative technologies – that provide a focal point for the cross-disciplinary research approach that is at the heart of our ethos.

First Class Facilities:

Over AU$1 billion has recently been invested in our facilities and infrastructure so our students and staff can thrive in an environment that is inspiring and switched on to the latest digital technologies. Some of our 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. 

Building successful graduates

From our beginnings, we have defied the traditional boundaries of academia. Instead, we have pioneered – and continue to pioneer – learning and teaching approaches that challenge conventions and shift thinking.

Our pioneering approach is built around a connected learning community. Our students are considered partners and co-creators in their learning experience. Their face-to-face experience is paired with sophisticated and interactive digital resources. Their courses are linked to the latest research discoveries. They are connected with industry partners through internships and work placements.

We design many of our degrees in collaboration with industry and many are also accredited by peak professional bodies, giving our students a head start on their careers. Additionally, we offer our students a package of career accelerator initiatives that educate, enable and empower them to launch a career in whatever field ignites their passion. 

Facts and Ranking

Macquarie University is recognised globally as a leading university. With our strong tradition of innovation and exploration, we are consistently ranked among the world's best.

Rankings: General

Among top 2% of universities in the world, top 10 in Australia (Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015)

5 stars in all QS categories (Teaching, employability, research, internationalisation, facilities, innovation, access and specialist subjects. QS Stars 2017)

#49 most international university in the world (Times Higher Education 2016) 

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Rankings: Subjects and research

10 subjects ranked Top 100 globally (QS Rankings by Subject 2017)

#1 MBA in Australia/ #49 in the world (Financial Times 2017)

100% of research rated world standard or higher (Excellence in Research for Australia 2015)

Sydney ranked 2nd most desirable student city in the world (QS Stars 2017)


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Our community

More than 39,000 students from over 100 countries

More than 156,000 alumni

Almost 10,000 degrees awarded annually

More than 150 student exchange partners in over 40 countries


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Located in the heart of the Macquarie Innovation Park District (MIPD)

More than 300 global companies on campus or in the Macquarie Park high-tech precinct

Set on 126 hectares of stunning parkland

Only 15km away from the Sydney central business district (CBD)

$1 billion invested in infrastructure and facilities in recent years

Only Australian university with its own train station

Only Australian university with a private hospital on campus

Why study here


Being a Macquarie student will be one of the best times of your life because you’ll have so many opportunities to discover your potential. As well as starting to carve out a fabulous career for yourself, you’ll have opportunities to travel the globe with our support, undertake an internship with a leading organisation and awaken your adventurous side.

Whether you’re an audacious high-school leaver, a non school applicant, a highly skilled postgraduate or an ambitious international student, we look forward to welcoming you to Macquarie University.


Some still see university and the eventual job you get as two separate entities. We don’t. At Macquarie we work with both Australian and international students to ensure your studies lead you to a satisfying and prosperous career, one that allows you to dream big and make a difference in this world.

Uni is about so much more than getting a degree and a great job at the end – but let’s be honest, carving out that dream career is definitely one of the major reasons people come to uni. At Macquarie, we ensure your studies lead you to a satisfying and prosperous career – one that allows you to dream big and make a difference in this world.


Our reputation

Many of the best universities across the US, UK, Europe and Asia choose to partner with us, as do global organisations such as Microsoft, Optus, Google, and Johnson & Johnson. Such partnerships are testament to our reputation as a university that produces research, and learning and teaching innovations that are world class. 

It is because of our reputation that we rank among the top 2% of universities in the world and the reason why we hold a 5-star QS rating recognising that our graduates are among the most sought-after professionals in the world. 

Our campus

Macquarie is uniquely located in the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct. Our park-like campus spans 126 hectares, with open spaces and state-of-the-art facilities that allow you to think, grow, achieve and affect change.

Just 15km from Sydney’s city centre, our campus is the perfect place to study in one of the world’s greatest cities.


Each year Macquarie University awards around $2.5 million in scholarships, most of which are given on the basis of financial need or other hardship. Others recognise factors such as leadership or voluntary experiences, or sporting achievement.

There’s a wide range of scholarships for students from all backgrounds, so be sure to check out what’s on offer. 

Exchange and overseas opportunities

As a Macquarie student, your opportunities to learn about the big issues – the ones that are important not just in Australia but across the globe – are limitless.

 Our Student Exchange program is one of the best – with more than 150 partner universities in more than 40 countries you’ll be spoiled for choice. As well as being heaps of fun, by participating in exchange you’ll increase the value of your degree – employers look favourably on overseas experiences as it shows you have initiative, can adapt to change and have well-developed intercultural skills.

Living in Sydney

Sydney is a destination like no other. From the iconic Sydney Harbour and more than 100 beaches, to picturesque mountains and arts and cultural festivals, Sydney has something for everyone.

Ranked as the 4th best student city in the world – and home to the regional headquarters of around 500 multinational companies – Sydney is the ultimate place to live and study.