Department of Indigenous Studies

Department of Indigenous Studies

Department of Indigenous Studies


Undergraduate and postgraduate pathways in Indigenous Studies at Macquarie approach the study of Indigenous cultures and histories in an inclusive way. Students develop critical thinking and communication skills, as well as new perspectives on society and the world. A knowledge of culture and Country is paramount to many fields of study and work.

By focusing on the diverse experiences, stories and ideas within Indigenous cultures, the Department of Indigenous Studies aims to expand our collective understanding of society. The department investigates Indigenous studies at local, national and international levels: from Macquarie’s immediate connection to the Darug people, through to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and Indigenous cultures around the globe.

The department is cross-curricular, with opportunities to pursue Indigenous studies as a major or minor, alongside related disciplines such as politics, history, cultural studies, arts and education. Indigenous studies courses also complement study in fields such as engineering, economics and teaching.

Postgraduate students can embark on the Master of Research or PhD in Indigenous Studies. Teachers, educators and administrators seeking to expand their knowledge and formalise their professional experience in Indigenous education can complete a Master of Indigenous Education, which is unique to Macquarie.

The Department of Indigenous Studies explores all branches of knowledge relating to the methods and ethics of Indigenous culture, experience and identity. This cross-disciplinary approach means there are no real limits on the fields and topics of potential research projects.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the Macquarie University land, the Wattmattageal clan of the Darug nation, whose cultures and customs have nurtured, and continue to nurture, this land, since the Dreamtime.  We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.

Support for Indigenous students and events

For specific cultural guidance, advice or requests to organise a welcome to Country for events, please contact Macquarie University’s Walanga Muru Office of Indigenous Strategy.

Walanga Muru is also available to help current and future Indigenous students to navigate university entry pathways, access support and tutoring, discover scholarships, and explore work placement opportunities.

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