Open Universities Australia

Open Universities Australia

Start your future now: transform your learning experience with flexible online study via Macquarie University and Open Universities Australia

Dreaming of learning something new but don’t have the time to attend a university campus? Studying Macquarie (MQ) units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) makes it all possible, and with subject areas to suit any interest. Study from the convenience of your home, office or public library, at any time convenient to you. With most units requiring only online assessments, you’ll never need to come to campus to complete your degree.

You’ll be supported, engaged and challenged throughout your study by experienced teachers with industry experience, and your connection to the University is only an email or a phone call away. Need advice with assignments if you are starting or returning to study after a break? MQ and OUA have collaborated to provide you with a range of free and accessible support services to meet every need throughout your study. And don’t forget to stay in touch with your classmates to share ideas via online collaborative tools in your easy-to-navigate study portal.

Ready to get into a degree?

If you’ve commenced your online study with us, has your thirst for knowledge made you curious about coming to campus? Successfully complete 2 MQ-OUA units with a credit average (one Distinction and one Pass OR two Credits) or successfully complete 4 MQ-OUA units with pass (four passes) and apply to UAC, you’ll have a guaranteed place in either Bachelor of Arts OR Bachelor of Security Studies on campus at North Ryde.

If you successfully complete PSYX104 and PSYX105 with a credit average; or successfully complete 4 MQ-OUA units with pass (including  PSYX104 and PSYX105), you’ll have a guaranteed place in Bachelor of Psychology.

Otherwise, choose and complete any 2 OUA units with a credit average or pass any 4 OUA units and your place is also guaranteed in our online Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Security Studies degree and you should apply via OUA. If you complete PSYX104 and PSYX105 with a credit average; or pass any 4 OUA units , including PSYX104 and PSYX105, you can be admitted for our online Bachelor of Psychology. You can make your study continue to work around your other commitments.

The prospect of expanding your knowledge or career change is closer than you think…and all you need to enrol is access to a computer…we’ll take care of the rest.

Postgraduate Programs

There are a range of postgraduate courses and individual units in areas including education, security, policy and criminology offered via OUA. For more details, visit

What do I need to know to start studying?

View the list of Macquarie units offered via Open Universities Australia, and enrol today by creating a My Study Centre profile.

What kind of support can I expect to receive as an MQ-OUA student? Visit our Student Support Services page to learn about the kinds of support we have to offer
What textbooks will I need? Visit and search for a unit to view all textbook information
What if I need assistance with online learning? See our Online Learning pages for tips about how to set up your student email, access your online unit, and use the Library, as well as tips to help you study
Where can I find out information about key dates and fees? Visit Open Universities Australia for information on key dates. All fees are able to be deferred (with the option to pay upfront or partially upfront) - view fee information via OUA

Current student information

For current OUA Macquarie students, important information are provided for your convenience via the 2019 Macquarie Open Universities Australia (OUA) Student Guide.

From 2017 Macquarie University has changed our offerings to better integrate them with our on campus offerings - so as to offer a better experience for our OUA students.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate units will now follow the Macquarie University academic year, which has 3 Sessions:

Session 1 commences 25 Feb 2019

Session 2 commences 29 July 2019

Session 3 commences 2 Dec 2019

I need to choose my next OUA unit or my major See OUA Unit Descriptions for all OUA units offered by Macquarie University
I need to apply for a grade appeal See the Grade Appeal information
I want to apply for a MQ degreeApply to OUA directly - for online Bachelor of Arts ; Bachelor of Security Studies and Bachelor of Psychology.

Apply through UAC for on-campus Bachelor of Arts , Bachelor of Security Studies and Bachelor of Psychology
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