The Department of Physics and Astronomy is undergoing a huge expansion and in this exciting environment, there are many opportunities for postgraduate work towards a PhD.

We are currently looking for around 20 new PhD students for 2017/2018 start dates. Scholarships are available for both Australian and International students. Scholarships provide at least $25,000 per year for living expenses, with additional support of up to $25,000 for equipment and travel.

To be eligible for direct entry to a 3-year PhD, you will need a two-year Masters, with at least one year of research. If your Masters does not fit this description, you can instead be offered a ‘bundled scholarship’ to the second year of the Macquarie University Masters of Research and then on to PhD – this four year route has a full scholarship in all years.

Interested? Read about our Research Excellence and choose a PhD Project.

Explore the three Research Themes within the Department of Physics and Astronomy:

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Photonics and Optical Science

Quantum Science and Technology

Browse our above research, and contact individual researchers. Researchers are happy to consider applications at any time, and scholarships are available for suitable candidates.


Enquiries can be directed to the supervisor who seems to fit your needs. You can discuss with them their research and your fit with their research group. The supervisor can then guide you through the application process and confirm with you that you meet the entry requirements. Alternatively, general questions can be directed to the Physics and Astronomy PhD Director (acting): Alex Fuerbach

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