Application process

The information on this page is for domestic (local), postgraduate coursework applicants, excluding applicants for courses administered by Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), the Macquarie Applied Finance Centre (MAFC) and the Australian School of Advanced Medicine (ASAM)

If you are an international student please visit the Macquarie International website for information on how to apply.

Application methods

Please click on the relevant application type for information on how to apply:

New Applicants

Step 1: Research your course options

Find courses that interest you by searching our postgraduate courses. Check that the course is offered in your preferred Session and attendance mode.

Step 2: Check the entry requirements

The general entry requirements for any postgraduate course are:

  1. Completion of a recognised bachelor's degree
  2. Proof of English proficiency

 In exceptional cases, in lieu of these requirements, other academic or professional attainments may be considered for admission purposes. For more information and other specific course entry requirements, please visit our Eligibility page, and our Courses page.

Step 3: Complete supplementary admissions forms

Some course applications require supplementary admission form/s.  Please check the list below:

Step 4: Submit your application

Depending on which course you are interested in, you must apply either:

  1. directly to Macquarie University; OR
  2. via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Check the application method specified for your course on the 'Apply' tab of the course listing. Follow the relevant links there to lodge your application and upload required supporting documentation, including any supplementary admissions forms (step 3 above).

Previous or current Macquarie students wishing to articulate to a higher course

For students who are already in a lower award and wish to apply for the higher level of the exact same course you are currently enrolled in or have completed, you can apply via eStudent. Select the 'My Applications' tab in eStudent and search for 'Articulation' in the Course Search section to apply.

You can only articulate to a higher level of the same course, you cannot articulate into a lower level of any course (ie from a Postgraduate Certificate to a Postgraduate Diploma or from a Postgraduate Diploma to a Masters).

If you require assistance with logging into eStudent please contact the IT help desk.

Previous Macquarie students seeking re-admission

If you are a previous Macquarie postgraduate student wanting to return to Macquarie University, you are eligible to apply for re-admission if you:

  • are a previous Macquarie student who has enrolled in a postgraduate course
  • are returning after 2 or more consecutive sessions of absence
  • are a local applicant
  • are returning to the same course
  • have a recorded result in at least one unit of your program; and
  • the qualification is incomplete.

If you do not satisfy all of the requirements above you must apply as a new applicant where your qualifications will be re-assessed. See 'New Applicants' above.  International students must contact Macquarie International.

How to apply

Applications for re-admission are made via eStudent. Select the 'My Applications' link in eStudent and search for 'readmission' to lodge your application.

If you require assistance with logging into eStudent please contact the IT help desk.

Please note that whilst the majority of applications are approved, re-admission is not automatic. Your record will be reviewed by the relevant academic faculty, and you will be notified of your application outcome via email.

Postgraduate students applying for re-admission will be admitted to the current version of their original course, provided that course has not been discontinued or is inactive in which case you will be offered admission to a comparable course. Units you have already completed may be credited towards your new admission. Please note that the marks and grades obtained from the credited units will not contribute towards the grade point average (GPA) of your new course.

All re-admission students will be liable for the current year's fees. Returning students can only be considered for a Commonwealth supported place where places are currently being offered for their course.

Cross-institutional study

Overview and eligibility

Cross-institutional study is for students currently admitted to an undergraduate or postgraduate award at another Australian higher education provider, and who wish to undertake nominated Macquarie units which will count towards that particular award at their home institution within Australia.

Cross-institutional study at Macquarie University may be suitable for domestic students in the following categories:

  • the unit/s that you are interested in are not offered at your home institution; or
  • the units may not be offered in the appropriate study period.

To be eligible for cross-institution study:

  • you must remain admitted at your home institution within Australia whilst enrolled at Macquarie
  • the unit/s that you wish to enrol in must count for credit towards your award at your home institution
  • you must be a domestic student (i.e., an Australian citizen or permanent resident).

International students are NOT eligible for cross-institution study. If you are an international student at another higher education provider, and are interested in enrolling in Macquarie units, you should contact the Centre for Open Education regarding non-award studies.

Please note: enrolling in Macquarie Open Universities Australia units as a cross-institutional student is different to enrolling directly with Macquarie as a cross-institution student. If you are interested in cross-institution study with OUA, please contact OUA support.

Please note: Concurrent Studies at Macquarie University is different from cross-institution study at Macquarie University. Concurrent Studies at Macquarie University refers to a student studying a degree at Macquarie intending to study individual units at another tertiary institution.

Fee liability

Undergraduate students who are commonwealth-supported at their home institutions will be allocated commonwealth-supported places in Macquarie's undergraduate cross-institution program. If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident (humanitarian), as a commonwealth-supported student, you will be eligible for HECS-HELP.

If you are in an undergraduate domestic fee-paying place at your home institution, you will be allocated a domestic fee-paying place in Macquarie's undergraduate cross-institution program. If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident (humanitarian), you will be eligible for FEE-HELP, providing you have not exceeded your FEE-HELP limit.

Postgraduate students will be allocated domestic fee-paying places in Macquarie's postgraduate cross-institution program by default. There are no commonwealth-supported places available for postgraduate cross-institution students. If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident (humanitarian), you will be eligible for FEE-HELP, providing you have not exceeded your FEE-HELP limit.

Please note that student contribution amounts (for commonwealth-supported students) and tuition fees (for domestic fee-paying students) may vary from those charged by your home institution. For further information, please refer to the relevant link below:

Commonwealth-supported students

Undergraduate domestic fee-paying students

Postgraduate domestic fee-paying students


Applicants will be permitted to enrol in a unit or units of study provided that accommodation and facilities are available, and that the relevant unit convenor considers the applicant to have fulfilled any prerequisites.

Details of units, including prerequisites, may be found in the Macquarie University Handbook. Please ensure you check the units you are interested in are offered in the study mode you require (i.e., on-campus/via distance) and are scheduled for the study period for which you are applying.

Please note that applications can only be made for the upcoming teaching session. Students wishing to continue cross-institution studies in any subsequent session will need to re-apply for each session in which they wish to study.

Please note that during Session 3, students are permitted to undertake a maximum of two units.

How to apply

Applications will close on 23rd January 2015 for Session 1, 2015. Applications for Session 3, 2014 are now closed


Step 1: Download and complete the cross institutional application form.

Please indicate clearly whether you wish to apply for Session 3, 2014 or Session 1, 2015 intake.

Step 2: Attach the necessary documentation.  Please note you are not required to provide certified copies of the documents.

You will need to provide:

  • A Home Institution Approval Form, completed by you and an authorising officer. A copy of the form is included with the cross-institution application form. If you are unable to provide a completed Home Institution Approval Form, an official letter from your institution stating your fee-liability status and that the Macquarie units applied for will count for credit towards your currently enrolled award at that institution may be accepted.
  • An up-to-date official academic transcript. A simple printout of results will not be accepted. If you do not yet have an official transcript, please order one immediately from your home university as these can take time to obtain.
  • Unit outlines to demonstrate that you have met the prerequisites for the Macquarie units you wish to enrol in. Please note that this may not apply to you if you wish to study introductory units.
  • Evidence of your Australian citizenship or permanent residency. We will accept copies of passports, Australian birth certificates and visa labels.

Step 3: Return your complete application form and attached documentation

By post In person
Admissions Team,
Student Administration
Level 3 Lincoln Building C8A
Macquarie University
North Ryde NSW 2109
Student Connect
Level 2  MUSE  C7A
Macquarie University
North Ryde NSW 2109

Notification of application outcome

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by email within a month of submitting your complete application form and documentation to the University.


After acceptance of your offer, you will need to self-enrol in the units for which approval has been granted. It is the responsibility of internal students to finalise lecture/tutorial and /or practical sessions online via their eStudent account.

Withdrawing from units

Withdrawal from any or all units is your responsibility. You can do this via your eStudent account. 

The deadline for withdrawal without incurring academic or financial penalty from Session 1 units is the census date, If you withdraw from units of study up to four weeks after the relevant census date you will incur financial penalty but you will be granted a W (withdrawal without academic penalty) grade for the unit(s). If you withdraw due to unavoidable disruption (i.e. special circumstances) please visit: Withdrawing from unit(s) of study page.

Application enquiries

In person:
Student Connect
Level 2  MUSE  C7A
Macquarie University NSW 2109
By mail:
Admissions Team,
Student Administration
Level 3 Lincoln Building C8A
Macquarie University
North Ryde NSW 2109
Business hours:
Weekdays 8:30am - 5:30pm
By phone: 
02-9850 6410

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you wish to obtain credit for your previous studies, please visit the Requesting Recognition of Prior Learning page for details on how to apply for credit.

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