Master of Research (MRes) Exchange

Master of Research (MRes) Exchange


Bachelor of Philosophy/Master of Research Exchange Program

About the program

In 2015 Macquarie University introduced the MRes Exchange program in the newly created postgraduate degree structure, making it the first Australian university to fully align with Asian, European and North American qualifications. With greater international experiences for your qualifications, as a graduate of the new Master of Research, you will enjoy enhanced employment opportunities and pathways to further your studies and research overseas.

The Exchange program demonstrates our commitment to research excellence by providing you with a more intensive research experience abroad, before beginning your doctoral study, as well as better articulation and joint PhD options with overseas universities.

Why participate in an MRES exchange?

  • Increase the value of your Research Training
  • Employers will look favourably on your overseas experience - it shows initiative and a proactive approach to further develop your career opportunities
  • We live in an increasingly interdependent world, this is a great opportunity to network with academics in your field and work independently whilst adding value to your Macquarie University Degree.
  • Prepare the way for further research collaboration with International Universities for a Cotutelle or Joint PHD.

Inbound Exchange

Master of Research Exchange is limited to the Master of Research courses (units) or research projects only.  Other courses (postgraduate or undergraduate coursework courses (units)) are only available to students from our coursework exchange partners. The type of exchange program (coursework and/or Master of Research) students are eligible to apply for will depend on their home university’s exchange agreement/s with Macquarie University.

Master of Research Exchange Year 1 - Course Availability and Information

The MRes Exchange Program offers the opportunity for you to undertake Year 1 MRes courses (units). The MRes Course List is available in the Course Handbook.

Please note that the participation in courses (units) is subject to meeting any pre-requisites and course availability. The final decision will be made by the relevant Macquarie University Department. Students can change units, based on availability, up until the Census Date of each session (Session 1 – 21 March, Session 2 – 22 August).

Master of Research Exchange Year 2 – Research

MRes Exchange Year 2 provides you with the opportunity to undertake a period of research at Macquarie but submit your thesis to your home university only. This would be equivalent to participating in our second year of the Master of Research program which is a research thesis year. You will not receive any official grades on your Macquarie transcript.

In order to be considered for this you will need to first find a Macquarie University Supervisor who is willing to host you. You can do so by looking at our Supervisor register or contacting the relevant Master of Research Advisor. You may also be able to sit in (audit) some MRes Year 1 courses while enrolled in your research project if approved by the Unit convenor. Please discuss with your Macquarie Supervisor.

Academic Calendar
Session 125 February - 07 June
Mid-Session break15 April – 28 April
Examination Dates 10 June – 28 June
Session 229 July – 08 November
Mid-Session break16 September - 29 September
Examination Dates11 November – 29 November

*Please note these change each year

Application process

Please see below important information and dates for applying for inbound exchange. Macquarie University students who would like to apply for MRes Exchange should refer to the information below about outbound exchange.

Entry Requirements
Entry Criteria

Admission requirements for higher degree research studies at Macquarie are available at:

English Language Requirements

Macquarie University requires all research candidates to have and maintain a high level of English language proficiency. The English Language Requirements are available at:

Important dates for the application process
Nomination Deadlines
Session 131 August annually
Session 228 February annually
Application Deadlines
Session 130 September of the preceding year
Session 231 March of that academic year
How to apply
  1. Complete your home university's application form.
  2. If successful, you will be nominated by your home university to Macquarie University

Upon receiving the outcome, complete the Macquarie University Inbound Master of Research Exchange Form

Please note, processing time for applications is approximately 12 weeks. If you are a successful applicant, you will be made an official offer via email. After you accept your offer, you will be issued with an official Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). You will need to use the CoE to apply for an Australian Visa.

Successful applicants
What next?

After you accept your offer and receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), you will need to complete the following:

While you are at Macquarie University
  • Meet the Higher Degree Research Office staff upon arrival
  • Complete the necessary documentation to enrol in units to be undertaken at Macquarie University
  • Send your home University your Enrolment Form so that you can be enrolled at your Home University simultaneously
  • Complete your approved units at Macquarie University
  • Return to your Home University
Upon your return
  • Contact your Home University International Exchange Office
  • Contact the Macquarie University Higher Degree Research Office on to request your Macquarie academic transcript. Your transcript will be sent by the Higher Degree Research office to your Home University.

Outbound Exchange

Macquarie University students have the opportunity to participate in the Exchange Program from 3 months up to 12 months depending on the stage of their enrolment. Year 2 students can do part of their research abroad as well, however they have to bear in mind that the Macquarie thesis submission date would still be the same.

Before you apply
  • Speak to an MRes Advisor in your faculty about how the exchange program will fit into your MRes program and when the best time is for you to travel. All study plans must be approved by the MRes Advisor and the Faculty Associate Dean HDR. Please see flow chart for more details.
  • Find a University and relevant subjects that would fit into your discipline and units. Please see the list of Partner Universities below.
  • If you are in Year 1 and wish to undertake coursework exchange units, you will need to check the semester dates of the Partner University and the availability of units.
  • Prepare a detailed study plan.
How to apply
  1. Complete the Macquarie University Outbound Master of Research Exchange Form
  2. Your application will be assessed. If successful you will be nominated by Macquarie to your chosen Partner University
  3. Upon receiving the outcome, complete the application form for your Partner University

Please note, to ensure a successful outcome please plan 2 to 6 months in advance as applications are subject to Partner University approval and meeting Macquarie University requirements. Applicants should also take into account varying semester dates with  Partner Universities.The International academic year extends from August/September through to May/June, with the summer break from June to September.

Successful applicants
What's next?

After your Partner University accepts your application you will need to complete the following:

  • Apply for your visa
  • Purchase your flight tickets
  • Purchase travel insurance to cover you for the duration of your time outside Australia
While you are away at your Partner University
  • Upon arrival at your Partner University visit the International Office
  • Enrol in the units to be undertaken at the Partner University
  • Send your MRes Exchange advisor your Enrolment Form so that you can be enrolled at Macquarie simultaneously
  • Complete your approved units at your Partner University
Upon your return to Macquarie University
  • Contact the MRes Exchange Advisor upon return
  • Submit your transcript from overseas to the Higher Degree Research Office. They will convert your grades to Macquarie equivalence.

Costs and funding

Estimated cost of exchange would be based on the following factors:

Application and tuition fees

Exchange students are not required to pay tuition fees to their Partner University, however they will be required to continue paying tuition fees to their home university. All other costs associate with the exchange are the responsibility of the student. No scholarships are currently available however we would encourage students to seek out scholarships through their home universities or external funding organisations.

There is no application fee for applying for the exchange program.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of the exchange program that all students must purchase their own travel insurance to cover them for the duration of their entire journey overseas.

All students must be covered under a comprehensive insurance policy from the day they leave their home country until the day they return. It is your choice which policy you purchase, however it is recommended that the coverage meet the following minimum requirements:

  • unlimited medical expenses
  • medical evacuation costs and repatriation costs
  • public liability insurance.
Overseas Student Health Cover

Overseas Student Health Cover is a compulsory requirement for all incoming exchange students. Please go to for an estimate of the costs.

Other costs

Students are required to purchase their own airfare.

You should also budget and arrange for living expenses such as:

  • accommodation
  • food
  • transport
  • entertainment

Accommodation is not organised through the Higher Degree Research Office. However, Macquarie University has an accommodation service available at

Further information about the cost of living in Australia is available at:

Partner Universities

University of Potsdam, Germany

Potsdam University is located in the Greater Berlin area. The University was newly created after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Potsdam is a strategic partner University of Macquarie University. The International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language and Brain (IDEALAB) consortium of five full partner universities (Macquarie, Potsdam, Groningen, Trento and Newcastle) provides candidates with strong International Research Training experience which is funded by the European Union’s Erasmus Mundus Program.

Leading and focus research areas include Cognitive Sciences, Geosciences, Functional Ecology and Evolution, Plant Genomics and Systems Biology, Public Policy and Management, Unsettled Cultures and Empirical Educational Studies.

Master of Research Exchange is encouraged particularly of the second year of the Master of Research program and in the disciplines of

  • English and American Studies
  • Computing
  • Cognition Science.

University of Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg University is a very old-established (since 1386) research intensive university, high placed in the world top 100 rankings and in the top 3 in Germany. Heidelberg is a strategic partner of Macquarie University. There have been Cotutelle enrolments in computing and linguistics.

Heidelberg’s fields of research focus are:  Molecular and cellular basis of life, Structure and pattern formation in the material world, Cultural dynamics in globalised worlds, Self-regulation and regulation: individuals and organisations.

University of Hamburg, Germany

The University of Hamburg is a long-established research intensive university, comfortably placed within the world top 200 on most assessments. Hamburg is a strategic partner of Macquarie University. Macquarie University has had a long association with Hamburg including undergraduate student exchange and joint research in several disciplines. Hamburg’s key research areas are: Climate, earth, environment, Matter and the universe, Neurosciences, Multilingualism, Governance, Heterogeneity and education, Infection research and structural biology. Master of Research exchanges are encouraged for one year, 6 months or 3 month stays.  Macquarie students outbound can choose courses from the full range of Master-level courses available in the division to which they have been admitted at Hamburg and Hamburg students inbound can choose courses from the full range of Master-level courses available in the division to which they have been admitted at Macquarie.

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

The University of Göttingen is an old-established research university of high international standing, comfortably placed in the world top 100 on most rankings. It is well-known for its remarkably diverse range of subjects, research-led teaching and outstanding scientific environment, in which more than 40 Nobel laureates have lived, studied, researched and taught.

Practically every scientific discipline (excluding engineering) is represented in its 13 faculties.

The University is embedded in the Göttingen Campus, a close and vibrant cooperation with top-level non-university research institutions including five Max Planck Institutes. Such a high concentration of research bodies allows for creativity, innovation and freedom for new thinking.

If you are interested in exchange to Goettingen, to help with your planning the partner has provided further details on their Fact Sheets for Faculties and Study Programs , their courses which are taught in English catalogue, their Guide for international exchange students and their general brochure to assist you with your planning.

Giessen University (JLU) is a modern institution which prides itself on four centuries of past achievement.  With human and veterinary medicine, agricultural and nutritional sciences, biology and chemistry, as well as psychology and sports science, JLU offers interdisciplinary  subjects in the natural and life sciences that is unique for Germany and thereby provides an eminent scientific potential for solving future problems. The strength of the university lies especially in the good balance between problem-oriented basic research in the natural sciences and its internationally exemplary profile in the humanities. The unique offer of JLU in the fields of law and business completes the picture.

JLU is a strategic partner of Macquarie University Master of Research exchange is encouraged in all disciplines.

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences offers subjects in the engineering, computer science, business, and media fields. Their programs are taught across the following six faculties: Architecture and Construction Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Information Management and Media, Computer Science and Business Information Systems, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, as well as Management Science and Engineering. Alongside teaching, research plays a vital role at the university. It is one of its core competencies and is seen as an important part of its profile.

Master of Research exchange is encouraged particularly in research areas with the University’s Centre of Nonoscale BioPhotonics.

Centrale Lyon’s mission is to educate its students to become generalist engineers and multi-disciplined post-graduate leaders in their field. Internationally, nationally and industrially renowned, research at Ecole Centrale de Lyon is performed around 6 laboratories, all Joint research units (UMR) CNRS. In an increasingly globally competitive environment, coupled with economical and societal expectations, Centrale Lyon has put in place a dynamic scientific policy, structured around 5 main disciplines: nanotechnology and nanomaterials, transport, energy, environment and bio-engineering. With more than 50 theses presented each year, the Ecole plays an important role in education through research. Master of Research exchange is encouraged in these disciplines.

Tel Aviv University(TAU)  is a large and comprehensive institution of higher learning and is home to over 30,000 students studying in nine faculties and over 125 schools and departments across the spectrum of sciences, humanities and the arts. The University is consistently ranked in the top 20 in the world in terms of scientific citations and among the top 100 universities internationally.

Tel Aviv is a strategic partner of Macquarie University. Master of Research exchange is particularly encouraged in the discipline of Archaeology (Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible)

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem founded in 1918 and opened officially in 1925, is Israel’s premier university as well as its leading research institution. The Hebrew University is ranked internationally among the 100 leading universities in the world and first among Israeli universities.. The university encourages multi-disciplinary activities in Israel and overseas and serves as a bridge between academic research and its social and industrial applications. The University provides its researchers a wide range of research facilities, including state-of-the-art equipment, archives and databases, and additional auxiliary services for conducting competitive research on an international scale. This infrastructure is continually upgraded and maintained by the University and its research community. The University offers a wide array of study opportunities in the humanities, social sciences, exact sciences and medicine. Master of Research exchange is encouraged in these disciplines.

East China Normal University (ECNU) is one of the most prestigious universities in China and is sponsored by the national programs “Project 211” and “Project 985”. The University has 21 schools and colleges, and 5 advanced research institutes. The 58 departments offer programs in humanities, education, science, engineering, economics, management, philosophy, psychology, law, history and art.

ECNU has two State Key Laboratories (in Estuarine and Coastal Research and Precision Spectroscopy), 1 National Field Observation and Research Station (the Tiantong National Station of Forest Ecosystem), 10 Key Laboratories of the Ministry of Education or Shanghai Municipality, 4 Engineering Centers of the Ministry of Education or Shanghai Municipality and 6 Leading Research Stations for Humanities and Social Sciences..The university sponsors or supervises the publication of more than 20 academic journals and periodicals.

Master of Research Exchange is encouraged in all disciplines.

Directly affiliated to the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, Chang'an University is one of the State "211 Project" key development universities jointly run by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Land Resources, Ministry of Housing and Urban Rural Construction and Shaanxi Provincial Government. It is concurrently one of the key development universities on the State “985” Project advantage discipline innovation platform. The university was officially established in the year 2000 by merging the former Xi'an Highway University, Xi'an Engineering Institute and Northwest Institute of Construction Engineering, which were founded in the early 1950s. Chang’an University is located in the historical and cultural city of Xi'an and covers an area of more than 3,755 mu (approximately 250 hectares). The university comprises two teaching campuses and two practice bases. Through its 60 years of development, it has evolved into an influential comprehensive higher institution in China, with engineering as its main discipline focus, combining engineering with sciences, and with multidisciplinary development in economy, management and humanities. It has graduated more than 250,000 talents of different levels, mainly in the fields of highway transportation, land resources and environment and construction engineering.

Chang’an University has 21 schools or departments, 5 national-level key disciplines, 26 provincial-level key disciplines, 8 post-doctoral research stations, 8 first-level and 52 second-level doctoral programs, 26 first-level and 122 second-level master programs, 40 undergraduate specialties as well as 8 fields of degree conferment of Mater of Public Management and Master of Industrial and Commercial Management, and 16 enrollment fields of masters in engineering. Furthermore, it is one of the national bases of culture and quality education for college students, and the selection and training base for reserved officers of the Chinese People's Armed Police. At present, the enrollment of full-time students in Chang’an University exceeds 34,000, of whom nearly 10,000 are doctoral and mater postgraduates and international students.

Master of Research Exchange is encouraged in related disciplines.

The University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) is a prominent university in China and enjoys an excellent reputation worldwide. It was established by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1958 in Beijing, as a strategic action by the Chinese government, to meet China’s science and technology needs and increases the country’s international competitiveness. CAS integrated its resources with USTC, with the aim of educating top talent in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary science and technology. USTC established the first graduate school in China and built the first “big science facility” in China, the Hefei Synchrotron Radiation Facility.

USTC is one of the most important innovation centers in China. It is the only university in China operating two national labs: the National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory and the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale. It also jointly operates two national “big science” facilities along with CAS institutes: the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak and the Steady High Magnetic Field of the High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

USTC is a world leader in fields like quantum manipulation, nanotechnology, high-temperature superconductivity, speech processing, fire science and life science. USTC has the highest percentage of alumni, among Chinese universities, elected as members of CAS and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Doctoral dissertations at USTC are frequently awarded the Hundred Annual Outstanding Dissertations Prize, which honors the top dissertations from Chinese universities.

Total enrollment for autumn 2016 is about 15,500 students, of whom 7,400 are undergraduates, 6,200 are master’s students, and 1,900 are Ph.D. students. USTC has 1,812 faculty members, of whom 547 are professors. USTC has 15 degree-granting schools in the fields of physical sciences, life sciences, information science and technology, earth and space sciences, public affairs, nuclear science and technology, mathematical sciences, chemistry and material science, engineering science, computer science and technology, management, humanities and social science, environmental science and electro-optical technology, and software engineering, as well as a school for gifted youth.

Master of Research Exchange is encouraged in related disciplines.

Dalian University of Technology (DUT) is a national key university administrated directly under the Ministry of Education of China, which is also sponsored by Project 211 and Project 985.

Dalian University of Technology was established in April 1949,  as the School of Engineering of Dalian University. In December 2012, the Ministry of Education formally approved the Dalian University of Technology to build Panjin campus;  Panjin campus has positioned itself to achieve academic standards which parallel those offered on the main campus; In September 2017, approved by the State Council, DUT was selected into the “World-class University Construction Plan”, category A.

DUT has formed a multi-disciplinary system which focuses on science and engineering and coordinates science, engineering, economics, management, humanities, law, philosophy and arts. The university has 1 graduate school, 7 faculties (with 1 faculty having 3 independent academic schools), 8 independent academic schools and teaching departments, 3 special schools and 1 independent college. Panjin campus has 1 teaching department and 7 academic schools; Development zone campus has 3 academic schools.

The university has now 4 national key primary disciplines (Dynamics, Hydraulic engineering, Chemical Engineering and Technology, Management Science and Engineering, covering 15 secondary disciplines), 6 national key secondary disciplines (Computational Mathematics, Plasma Physics, Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation, Structural Engineering, Structural Analysis for Industrial Equipment, Environmental Engineering), and 2 national key secondary (cultivating) disciplines. There are 27 PhD. programs in the primary disciplines, 130 PhD. programs in the secondary disciplines, 42 Master programs in the primary disciplines, 220 Master programs in the secondary disciplines, 25 post-doctoral research stations.

Dalian University of Technology has three campuses (Lingshui, Development Zone and Panjin) in two cities (Dalian and Panjin). It covers a total area of 4.262 million square meters with a construction area of 1.68 million square meters.

Master of Research Exchange is encouraged in related disciplines.

MRes Exchange Contact

Ms Kate Roth

Higher Degree Research Office  
17 Wally's Walk, Level 3   
Macquarie University NSW 2109   

P: (02) 9850 7298

Content owner: HDR Research Training and Partnerships Last updated: 03 Jan 2020 3:18pm

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