Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Admissions requirements for higher degree research studies are outlined under the 'Postgraduate Rules' of the University's Calendar of Governance, Legislation and Rules in the relevant Doctoral, Joint research degree and master by research degree sections.

From 1 January 2014, admission to Macquarie University's Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program will have the following new requirements:

i. Applicant to have completed the Macquarie University's Master of Research (MRes) with at least 75% in second year of the MRes; OR

ii. Applicant to have completed a Master of Philosophy; OR

iii. Applicant to have completed Master's degree from another institution with major research component. The size and length of the research thesis may vary, but it is expected to be of an equivalent scale and scope to the Macquarie University MRes thesis. Performance to be at Distinction level (75% or greater).

All other peer-reviewed research output may be taken into consideration under Rule 7(10) of the University's Higher Degree Research Rule for admission to the new PhD program.

Candidates who have not completed an MRes degree and do not meet the above criteria may be asked to undertake the Master of Research as a research training pathway to the new Doctoral degree. Candidates with previous study at Bachelor Honours or Masters level may receive credit towards the MRes for a maximum of 50% of the program. The period of candidature for the new PhD will be 3 years.

Admission to the Master of Philosophy from 1 January 2014 will have the following new requirements:

i. Applicants to have completed the Macquarie University's Master of Research (MRes) with at least 65% in second year of the MRes; OR

ii. Applicants with Master's degree (at least two years) from another institution with major research component (at least 50% thesis, approx. 20,000 words) at Credit level.

In addition, all other peer-reviewed research output may be taken into consideration under Rule 7(10) of Macquarie University's Higher Degree Research Rule for admission to the Master of Philosophy program. The maximum period of candidature for the Master of Philosophy will be 2 years.

Candidates who have not completed an MRes and do not meet the above criteria may be asked to undertake the Master of Research as a research training pathway to the new Doctoral degree or the Master of Philosophy. Candidates with previous study at Bachelor Honours or Masters level may receive credit towards the MRes for a maximum of 50% of the program.

Applications for Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy programs need to complete the Higher Degree Research Application form. The same application form is used for scholarship applications. Scholarship applicants need to write clearly the name(s) of the scholarship they are applying for. Scholarship applicants will need to have referees complete an Academic Referee Report form.

Applications for the combined Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology program in various streams are required to complete the Psychology Personal Supplementary Information form, as well as the Psychology Referee Report form.

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Proof of English Proficiency

The need for research candidates to have and maintain a high level of English language proficiency is implicit in being a Macquarie higher degree research candidate. It is also a basic requirement for receiving a Macquarie research education.

Students who have completed at least five years study in one or more of the following countries:Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland are exempt from providing proof of English proficiency in the form of an acceptable English language test score. Students who have successfully completed in Australia in the English language either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or studies at the Certificate IV or higher level, in the two years before applying are also exempt.

If an applicant's qualifications are not from these countries, they will have to show proof of English either through an IELTS or a TOEFL test. The University's English requirements are:

  • TOEFL (computer‐based): Overall of 237 with minimum 19 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 25 in Structure/Writing and TWE of 5.0; OR
  • TOEFL (paper‐based): Overall of 580 with 53 in Listening, 52 in Reading, 59 in Structure/Written Expression and TWE of 5.0; OR
  • iBT (internet‐based TOEFL): Overall score of 92 with 23 in Speaking, 18 in Listening, 17 in Reading and 22 in Writing; OR
  • IELTS (academic version): Overall 6.5 with minimum of 6.0 in each band

While there is a minimum level of English proficiency expected, some Macquarie discipline areas such as English, Law, Linguistics and Medicine generally require higher levels of English proficiency.

Under the SSVF (Simplified Student Visa Framework) which came into effect from 1 July 2016, citizens and passport holders of one of the following English‑speaking countries: UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland will be exempt from providing an English language test score with their visa application.

There are IELTS centres operating worldwide, and students wishing to arrange for their IELTS tests may check the location of the closest center on IELTS website.

Onshore international students wishing to take further English language course may contact our Macquarie English Language Centre for details of English programs offered.

International students wishing to undertake coursework studies should contact Macquarie International Office.

IELTS Online Preparation Program

Macquarie University offers you the opportunity to prepare for your IELTS test with an online IELTS course.

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International Students

International students wishing to apply for a place in the research program need to submit an application form with full supporting documents and send the application to

The Higher Degree Research Office (HDRO)

Research Hub
Level 3, C5C East
Macquarie University
North Ryde NSW 2109
AUSTRALIA

Enquiries for international students:

Further enquiries for international matters can be directed to the Operations team at the HDR Office:

Email: hdrfuture@mq.edu.au

International applications are processed throughout the year.  Candidates applying for scholarships must submit their applications prior to the scholarships closing date.  Please check the Scholarships section for details.

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Domestic Students

Domestic students may contact the Operations Officer at the HDR Office for further information regarding their applications.

Email: hdrfuture@mq.edu.au

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