At a glance

At a glance

Our rankings and awards, and fast facts about the Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is the second largest faculty in Macquarie University

The Faculty of Arts is the second largest faculty in Macquarie UniversityWe have approximately:

  • Over 7800 students enrolled in our programs
  • Over 400 academic and professional support staff
  • Over 380 students undertaking research degrees

The Faculty offers:

The Faculty of Arts has 12 departments:

  • Ancient History
  • Anthropology
  • English
  • Geography and Planning
  • Indigenous Studies
  • International Studies
  • Macquarie Law School
  • Media, Music, Communications and Cultural Studies
  • Modern History, Politics and International Relations
  • Philosophy
  • Security Studies and Criminology (formerly Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism)
  • Sociology

The Faculty portfolio also includes:

  • 2 university research centres: Macquarie University Ancient Cultures Research Centre and Macquarie University Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics.
  • 3 faculty research centres: Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies, Centre for Environmental Law, and Centre for Media History
  • 2 museums: Australian History Museum, and Museum of Ancient Cultures
  • Media Hub: state-of-the-art screen, dance, music, and media studios
  • 2SER-FM community radio station (partnership with UTS)

Our programs are among the world's top 100

Our programs are among the world's top 100Our rankings:

  • #2 in Australia: Philosophy (QS World University Rankings 2015)
  • #10 in Australia: Law (QS World University Rankings 2015)
  • #7 in Australia: English Language and Literature (QS World University Rankings 2015)
  • #8 in Australia: Communication and Media Studies (QS World University Rankings 2015)
  • #6 in Australia: Geography and Area Studies (QS World University Rankings 2015)
  • #7 in Australia: History (QS World University Rankings 2015)
  • #6 in Australia for research impact (QS, Times Higher Education Supplement, and Leiden)
  • #7 in Australia: Arts & Humanities programs (QS University Rankings)
  • Top 30 in the world and top 2 in Australia: Australian History Museum, Museum of Ancient Cultures and Macquarie University Art Gallery (Best Colleges Online)

We offer:

  • Flexible and interdisciplinary approach to study
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Real-world learning
  • Quality teaching and staff expertise with strong commitment to research-inspired approaches to learning and teaching
  • Internationally focused degrees ensuring you gain a global perspective for a wide range of professions

We offer the widest selection of European languages in NSW

  • The Faculty teaches 10 modern foreign languages and 5 ancient languages

Our students, alumni and academics are pioneers

Our students and academics are pioneers 

  • Our ancient history students can uncover the past first hand, with Macquarie University being the only Australian university with a license to dig in the Nile Valley.
  • We have the largest collection of ancient coins in the southern hemisphere
  • We have the largest collection of papyri (original ancient documents) in the southern hemisphere
  • One of our Egyptologists recently discovered the oldest boat preserved in Egypt
  • Our research projects have national and global reach:
  • Faculty of Arts is the intellectual birthplace of Big History. Professor David Christian coined the term "Big History" and taught one of the world's first Big History course at Macquarie in 1989. Today, the Big History Institute includes the Big History Projects (co-founded with the Gates Foundation) and is taught in over 350 schools worldwide
  • First MOOC from Macquarie: Faculty of Arts academic Associate Professor Greg Downey's "Becoming Human: Anthropology" is Macquarie University's first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Some of our distinguished alumni are:

  • Hugh Riminton - CNN Hong Kong News Anchor
  • Margaret Pomeranz film critic and producer ("At the Movies")
  • Liz Ellis former Australian netball captain and television commentator
  • Chris Lilley comedian, actor, writer, television producer ("Summer Heights High")
  • Adam Hills comedian and television presenter ("Adam Hills Tonight")
  • Politicians: Dr Rob Stokes, Tanya Plibersek, John Faulkner and Peter Andren
  • Ursula Dubosarsky - children's book writer
  • Napoleon Perdis Founder and CEO, Napoleon Perdis
  • Our documentary maker alumni, including Alec Morgan and Tom Murray, have had their work screened at the Sydney International Festival and Sundance and have earned AFI and Deadly (Indigenous) Awards
  • Marina Go General Manager, Hearst Bauer Media

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