Distance Education

10 reasons to study via Distance Education at Macquarie University

  1. Convenience - the ability to study primarily online, in your own time, at your own pace
  2. Flexibility - offering students the ability to choose to study when it suits them best, and to potentially accelerate their program through studying over summer (Session 3)
  3. Varied program options - the ability to study a variety of units in Arts, Ancient History, Science, Law, Security Studies or Early Childhood Education programs
  4. Online enrolment and admission - the convenience of being able to accept your offer and enrol online into your program, without having to come to campus
  5. Support - all Distance students receive access to a range of Macquarie University support services
  6. Online collaboration - study with a diverse student population across Australia, and stay connected via online channels
  7. Quality programs taught by experienced staff - all units offered online via Distance meet the same standards as any internal units offered by the University; and all staff are experienced in teaching units online through blended delivery
  8. Online application process - a highly accessible option for study; apply directly to the University to study a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science by Distance; apply to other Distance degrees via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)
  9. Career advancement - increase your employment prospects by studying a professionally accredited program via distance
  10. Career change - find a new professional direction while working in your current role

Distance Handbook

2014 Distance Handbook (PDF) is now available

2014 Printable schedule of undergraduate units for external study (PDF)

Distance Education Units

The Centre for Open Education (COE) assists students undertaking external units or courses, including undergraduate and postgraduate degrees by distance education. COE provides advice and guidance and, where possible, liaises with other University staff on the student's behalf.

The responsibilities of COE include:

  • processing of applications / offers for distance students;
  • the organisation and distribution of any study materials (including lecture CDs) to students;
  • the electronic registration, receipt, and return of some external assignments;
  • assisting with compulsory on-campus sessions

Student Support

Distance education students are encouraged to contact COE to discuss problems related to their studies, contact with lecturers or any difficulties which affect students with reduced access to the functions of the University. The best way to get answers to your questions or concerns is to go to www.ask.mq.edu.au

On Campus Sessions

Some external units have On Campus sessions as a compulsory requirement of the unit. The MQ online handbook will indicate if your On Campus session is compulsory.

  • If so, find the dates to your compulsory On Campus sessions at https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2014/;
  • Select your chosen external unit;
  • Select e.g. Standard Session 1, 2014 or Session 2, 3; and
  • Click "view timetable" 

You will be able to see your on-campus session dates in the displayed calendar. Some larger units will give a choice of dates. For these units you may need to register your choice. The registration link will be available on this page if it is required.


Latest  News

» Session 1 2015 - Applications now open! (closing date: 16 Jan 2015)

» Distance students who add an internal unit will be liable for the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

» Distance Metropolitan Student Exams - In April (Session 1) and September (Session 2) please check your student email account at http://students.mq.edu.au for an email from Examinations notifying you of your draft exam timetable and venue.

» Students enrolled into external/distance degrees are not eligible for travel concessions, and if caught face fines of up to $550.

» New Pre-Law Pathway for students enrolled in non-Law degrees

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