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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English Language Requirements/Qualifications

Macquarie University requires all research candidates to have and maintain a high level of English language proficiency. 

You will need to demonstrate you have met the high level of English language proficiency through one of the following requirements:

One:

You have completed minimum of five years’ study in one or more of the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • Republic of Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

Please note:

Citizens, passport holders and permanent residents of the above listed English speaking countries are not exempt from providing proof of English language proficiency in the form of an acceptable English language test score unless they can show evidence of at least 5 years study in one or more of these countries.

Two:  

You have a valid English language proficiency test.  The test must not be more than two years old at the time of submitting your application to Macquarie University:

Test Reading Listening Writing Speaking Overall
IELTS (academic) 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.5
TOEFL (computer based) 19 19  25 TWE 5.0 237
TOEFL (internet based) 17 18 22 23 92
TOEFL (paper based) 52 53 59   580

Please note:

All IELTS requirements refer to the academic test. Non-academic tests are not accepted.

If you are applying for a research degree in English, Law, Linguistics or Medicine, you will need to meet the required levels of English proficiency required by those programs.

There are IELTS centres operating worldwide. Please check the location of the closest centre on the IELTS website. 

Three:

You have successfully completed a Bachelor's Degree in Australia (Australian Qualification Framework AQF7) or higher within two years of submitting your application.

If you are an onshore international applicant or a domestic applicant who is required to provide English language proficiency and wish to undertake further English language courses, you can contact our Macquarie English Language Centre for English course information.

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