The Faculty of Science and Engineering is one of Macquarie University’s strongest research faculties and excels in all research indicators including publications, internal and external competitive research grants, research contracts, Australian Research Council (ARC) Fellowships, distinguished visitors and postgraduate student numbers.
The Faculty’s research is built on the strengths of its departments and research centres. Strong links exist between researchers in the different departments and research centres of the Faculty as well as with researchers at prominent national and international research institutes and universities.
The Faculty sustains research activities with the highest international standing as well as maintaining a broad range of research activities of excellent national and international standing. The Faculty acknowledges that research activity is important to maintaining high-standard undergraduate and postgraduate programs; the Faculty therefore encourages and supports research activities that enhance its educational mission.
The Faculty Research Office is your first point of contact for any matters relating to research management and administration. You can always reach us at email@example.com.
Location: Building E6A, room 242
North Ryde, Sydney, Australia
|Professor David Coutts|
Associate Dean (Research)
Phone: (02) 9850 8970
Professor Kirstie Fryirs
Phone: 02 9850 8367
|Professor Grant Hose|
Associate Dean International and Corporate Engagement
for the Faculty of Science and Engineering
Phone: (02) 9850 6296
Faculty Research Manager
Phone: (02) 9850 8912
Phone: 02 9850 9600
Phone: (02) 9850 8358
Support for researchers
Faculty visiting researcher scheme
Visiting Research Fellowships are targeted at researchers of very high standing relative to their career stage, and who are invited by a Faculty academic staff member for a short period of time. The Faculty will provide up to $10,000 for each visitor to help cover costs of the visit, depending upon length of stay and travel costs. Larger amounts may be requested in exceptional circumstances and/or in combination with other schemes.
Faculty safety net
The University runs a safety net scheme to assist researchers who have been ranked in the top 10% of unsuccessful applications in the ARC Discovery and Linkage Programs, and Category 6 NHMRC Project, Development and Partnership applications.
The Faculty of Science and Engineering also offers a safety net scheme for applications that fall into the 10–25% band of unsuccessful applications. The Faculty scheme provides up to $10,000 for anything that will make the proposal more competitive in subsequent rounds. Following the announcement of results for eligible funding schemes, the Faculty will contact you if your application fell within this band.
Research centres and groups
The Faculty of Science and Engineering includes many research centres and groups, and is home to over half of Macquarie University’s Centres of Research Excellence.
National research centres
Risk Frontiers (formerly the Natural Hazards Research Centre)
University research centres
Macquarie University Genes to Geosciences Centre (now The Species Spectrum Research Centre)
Higher degree research
Macquarie University's research reputation was upheld by the most recent 2018 round of the Australian Government's Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative. In Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences and in Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, Macquarie University received a perfect 5 out of 5 score, rating our research as an outstanding performance well above world standard.
These areas encompass the studies of Pure Mathematics, Optical Physics, Astronomical and Space Sciences, Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry, Ecological Applications, Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Science and Management, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Horticultural Production, Computation Theory and Mathematics, and Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Five broad areas were ranked as above world standard, including Mathematical, Chemical and Earth Sciences, Engineering, and Information and Computing Sciences.
Higher degrees by research
Higher degrees by research lead to either Masters or Doctoral awards and are designed to assist graduates to investigate and contribute to advanced knowledge in their chosen discipline and to develop proficiency in conducting research.
The program of advanced study and research for the degree includes the submission of a thesis embodying the results of the student’s work. The thesis must form a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject and afford evidence of originality by the discovery of new facts or the exercise of independent critical power. A candidate’s program of study must be supervised by a member of the academic staff of the University, and will normally be carried out within the University.
Before potential students are accepted and enrolled as HDR candidates, it is essential that prospective candidates get in touch with the academics in the relevant department or research areas to discuss their proposed topic of research. The discussion will help to establish the suitability of the research topic, the appropriateness of the prospective candidates’ research background and whether that academic has the capacity to supervisor the project. View a list of the academics of our Faculty and their research expertise.
It is not an absolute listing of research supervisors who are available for new research students. Potential research candidates are advised to also check the individual department links for more information.
For further information you can view the degree listings for the:
Or contact the the Higher Degree Research office.
Research training degrees
In 2013, Macquarie University introduced the international-standard two-year research training pathway program leading to Master of Research. This is Macquarie’s new core pathway to Higher Degree Research study.
PhD scholarships are available.
How to apply
Applicants are expected to investigate the research undertaken of the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the appropriate departments, and contact potential staff supervisors in their areas of interest prior to completing the application.
Higher Degree Research applications are managed by the Higher Degree Research Office (HDRO).
Additional information for candidates:
The Higher Degree Research prospectus also has all the required information.
Contact for higher degree research
The Faculty of Science and Engineering welcomes enquiries about Research Degrees. The first point of contact is our Higher Degree Research team. They can also direct you to the right academic for your interests.
Higher degree research team
Ms Jane Yang
Phone: +61 2 9850 4427
Location: E7A, 12 Wally's Walk, Ground Floor
Miss Eva Lu
Phone: +61 2 9850 9382
Location: E7A, 12 Wally's Walk, Ground Floor
You can also contact our departments directly, if you prefer.