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

Contact us

Location: Building E6A, room 242
Macquarie University
Balaclava Road
North Ryde, Sydney, Australia

Professor David Coutts
Associate Dean (Research)
Phone: (02) 9850 8970

Professor Kirstie Fryirs
Deputy Associate Dean (Research)

Phone: 02 9850 8367
Professor Grant Hose
Associate Dean International and Corporate Engagement
for the Faculty of Science and Engineering
Phone: (02) 9850 6296
Irina Zakoshanski
Faculty Research Manager
Phone: (02) 9850 8912
Katherine Shevelev
Research Administrator
Phone: 02 9850 9600
Cathi Humphrey-Hood
Research Administrator
Phone: (02) 9850 8358
Kamy Ooi
Research Co-ordinator

Phone: (02) 9850 7506

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.

Research groups

Analytical Palaeobiology Lab

Animal Behaviour Research Group

Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group

Atwell Lab

Avian Behavioural Ecology Group

Beaumont Lab

Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution of Fishes Lab

Behavioural Biology Research Group

Behavioural Ecology Lab

Benthic Ecology Lab

Bioinformatics Group

Centre for Advanced Computing - Algorithms and Cryptography

Centre for Language Technology

Cheng Lab

Climate And Forest Ecosystem Modelling

Climate Change Ecology Group

Cognitive Neuroethology

Comparative Ecology Lab

Conservation Genetics Lab

Conservation Genetics Research Group

Conservation Paleobiology Lab

CSIRO-Macquarie University Chair in Wireless Communications

Diamond Laser Group

Evolutionary Ecology Lab

Falster Lab

Forest Ecology and Spatial Modelling Group

Freshwater Ecology and Ecotoxicology Lab

Insect Mating Systems Lab

Macquarie’s Geophysics and Geodynamics Group

Marine and Coastal Phytoplankton Lab

Marine and Freshwater Biology Lab

Marine Ecology Group

Marine Predator Research Group

Messerle Research Group

Nair Lab

Nanobiophotonics Group

Nipperess Lab

NSW Adaptation Research Hub (the Hub)

Optical Biomedical Imaging and Sensing

Organic Geochemistry

Parasitology Lab

Photonics theory modelling Group

Piggott Group


Plant Invasion and Restoration Ecology Lab

Plant-Insect Interactions and Climate Change Ecology Lab

Pollen and Allergies in NSW

Produced Water Research Centre (PWRC)

Programming Languages Research Group

Protein Biophysics Group


Synthetic Biology Consortium

The Intelligent Systems Group

The Lizard Lab

The Verification Lab

The Wright Lab


VISOR Research Group

Zeppel Lab

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.

HDR supervisors

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

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.

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