Engage with us

Engage with us

Our experienced team is investigating new applications with potential for the environment, industrial enzymes, biopharmaceuticals and agrifoods. We offer research expertise and analytical facilities for large corporations and small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) seeking practical solutions.

Partner with us

We bring to our partnerships:

  • demonstrated research outputs and quality outcomes
  • wide-ranging expertise
  • outsourcing facilities and expertise for ‘risk research’ projects
  • innovation through application of our new technologies.

Study with us

Whatever your research interest or career path, the Biomolecular Discovery and Design Research Centre offers opportunities for pioneering scholarship.

The ‘omics’ are at the core of the biological sciences in the 21st century, and are highly attractive to postgraduate and PhD students.

We host a significant number of higher degree research students from Australia and overseas. Our senior researchers mentor and supervise HDR students, working closely to help them achieve their academic and research goals.

Download the MQMS research booklet for more information on our research.

Scholarships and support

International and domestic students can apply for a number of scholarships from Macquarie University and the Australian Government.

Macquarie also assists postgraduate students and researchers to attend conferences during their candidature.

Macquarie University postgraduate research scholarships

Macquarie University offers generous scholarships for PhD and Masters of Philosophy candidates who meet the selection criteria.

Scholarships generally cover tuition fees and a stipend (living allowance). The stipend rate for the Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) matches the current Australian Postgraduate Award rate:

  • 2010: $22,500
  • 2011: $22,860

Macquarie scholarships for international students

Information and contacts

To find out more about Macquarie’s postgraduate research scholarships, please contact Sally, Joanna or Nathen, Scholarships Team:

Higher Degree Research Office

Macquarie University
T: +61 (2) 9850 1893, +61 (2) 9850 9782 or +61 (2) 9850 7663
E: hdrschol@mq.edu.au

To inquire about specific requirements for Macquarie’s science scholarships, please contact:

Manager Higher Degree Research
Jane Yang

Faculty of Science
Macquarie University
T: +61 (2) 9850 4427
F: +61 (2) 9850 9671
E: jane.yang@mq.edu.au

Scholarship application forms

Australian Government postgraduate scholarship schemes

Research Training Program (RTP)/ Macquarie University Research Training Program Scholarship (MQRTP)

Other postgraduate funding

To search for other scholarships available in Australia, go to:
Postgraduate Scholarship Database for Australia (JASON)

Integrated research programs

We address all areas of genomics, proteomics, glycomics, microbiology, biotechnology, agriscience, biochemistry and their application in the environment and human health. This diverse program will appeal to students interested in applying a mix of scientific approaches and techniques to biomolecular study.

PhD requirements

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) requires preparation of a thesis that is subject to external examination. Please email the Higher Degree Research Office to obtain more information: hdrfuture@mq.edu.au.

Postdoctoral and senior researchers

To discuss research opportunities, proposals and funding, please contact:

Professor Nicki Packer
Biomolecular Discovery and Design Research Centre


Professor Ian Paulsen
Deputy Director
Biomolecular Discovery and Design Research Centre

Postdoctoral funding enquiries

To find out more about Macquarie University and government grants, please contact:

Jennifer Newton
Research Manager
Macquarie University Research Office
T:  +61 2 9850
E:  Jennifer.newton@mq.edu.au

More about funding

Local and international postgraduate students

1. Contact the Higher Degree Research Office

Students must first make contact directly with the Faculty of Science’s Associate Dean HDR,  A/Professor Patricia Fanning. She will discuss your research interests as well as academic level, language requirements and other issues.

2. Contact the Biomolecular Discovery and Design Research team

Once you have confirmed your research project and eligibility with the Biomolecular Discovery and Design Research team, you can email your proposal to the Higher Degree Research Office:


We are now setting up cotutelles (joint research programs) with a number of international universities, similar to our program with Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.

Learn more about cotutelles at Macquarie

How to apply

To discuss research opportunities, proposals and funding, please contact:


Professor Nicki Packer

Biomolecular Discovery and Design Research Centre

Deputy Director

Professor Ian Paulsen

Biomolecular Discovery and Design Research Centre

Visit the centre

We can arrange for your organisation or research team to visit the Biomolecular Research Centre and facilities at Macquarie University. You’ll meet our researchers and see advanced biomolecular research applications and the latest equipment being used.

To arrange a visit, please contact Nicki Packer, Director, Biomolecular Discovery and Design Research Centre.

Back to the top of this page