Science

Our in-demand science graduates stand at the forefront of change and innovation. We’re home to researchers and academics who are internationally recognised for their work, so you’ll study with people who use their knowledge to make an impact on the issues of today and tomorrow.

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Stars, planets, black holes and galaxies contain the secrets of the cosmos.

Explore these celestial objects and develop the skills you need for your future career with Macquarie’s state-of-the-art laboratories and on-campus observatory.

Potential careers:

  • astronomical research and instrumentation specialist
  • computing and modelling adviser
  • data scientist, education advisor
  • industrial researcher
  • remote sensing specialist
  • scientific policy officer
  • scientific researcher
Explore stars, planets and beyond, gaining skills for a career in Astronomy and Astrophysics. You'll learn with top facilities and our on-campus observatory.

Biological sciences are the sciences of life: the study of all living things.

At Macquarie, you’ll be able to explore diverse subdisciplines including cell and developmental biology, behaviour, biodiversity, conservation, ecology, genetics, microbiology, anatomy and physiology.

Potential careers:

  • animal keeper
  • aquarist
  • biotechnologist
  • captive breeder
  • ecotourism operator
  • ecological consultant
  • natural resource manager
  • genetic counsellor
  • food industry quality control adviser
  • greenhouse/garden curator
Explore behaviour, biodiversity, conservation, anatomy, genetics, ecology, microbiology, physiology and more when you study Biological Sciences at Macquarie.

Molecular science is key to achieving sustainability, understanding health and disease, developing materials and advancing technology.

At Macquarie, you’ll join a community that’s pioneered the science of proteomics, leads food industry training in molecular technologies, and is a breeding ground for burgeoning biotechnology companies.

Potential careers:

  • agribiotechnologist
  • biomarker researcher
  • biomedical sciences analyst
  • bioproduct manufacturer
  • drug discovery researcher
  • pharmaceutical developer
  • research scientist
Join Macquarie's pioneering molecular science community and build the skills needed to advance technology, sustainability, understanding of diseases and more.

Biotechnology is the science of the future. At Macquarie you’ll develop the skills for a rewarding career.

Biotechnologists combine molecular biology, protein chemistry and applied microbiology to modify living systems and develop medicine, food and beyond.

Potential careers:

  • biotechnologist
  • energy sector advisor
  • biochemist
  • epidemiologist
  • food scientist
Combine biology and chemistry to develop the skills to modify living systems, advance medicine, food and beyond when you study Biotechnology at Macquarie.

Chemistry plays a major role in our economy, environment, lifestyle and health, as well as in processes going on in the world around us.

At Macquarie you’ll study the structure, composition and properties of matter, learning how to change substances from one form to another. Set yourself up for careers including medicine and pharmacy.

Potential careers:

  • chemical analyst
  • forensics adviser
  • pharmaceutical researcher
  • manufacturing and processing manager
  • product development manager
  • agricultural researcher
  • mining manager
  • education adviser
Deepen your understanding of the world when you study Chemistry at Macquarie, and set yourself up for a range of careers including medicine and pharmacy.

Earth and environmental sciences deliver practical solutions to complex issues affecting our environment and how we interact with it.

At Macquarie, you’ll combine the study of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere and apply physics, geology, chemistry, biology and mathematics to better understand our environs.

Potential careers:

  • environmental scientist
  • geochemist
  • geologist
  • geotechnical engineer
  • geophysicist
  • national parks officer
  • environmental consultant
  • project manager
  • policy advisor
  • mineral exploration officer
Deliver practical solutions to the complex environmental issues of our time, applying skills in physics, geology, chemistry, biology and mathematics.

Mathematics and statistics are the languages of our technological society, underpinning scientific breakthroughs and information we rely on.

At Macquarie, you’ll develop abstract reasoning and quantitative problem-solving skills to enhance your career options.

Potential careers:

  • actuarial analyst
  • consultant
  • data analyst
  • financial manager
  • fraud investigator
  • scientific researcher
  • transport and logistics scheduler
  • business analyst
  • quality analyst
  • quantitative analyst
Understand the languages of our technological world, and develop high-level reasoning and problem-solving skills when you study Mathematics and Statistics.

Learn about the nature of matter, how it moves through time and space, and the fundamental laws and theories that govern our universe.

Physics is central to all natural sciences, and to developing new technology. At Macquarie you’ll explore the intrinsic laws of the universe, and the interdisciplinary applications of physics.

Potential careers:

  • consultant
  • industrial manager
  • researcher and developer
  • medical physicist
  • patent assistant/examiner
  • teacher
  • technology salesperson
Explore the fundamental laws and theories of the universe, and the practical applications of Physics in natural science and technological development.

Through palaeobiology, we get a ‘deep-time’ perspective on the evolution of life.

At Macquarie you’ll work with real fossils to study the morphology and evolutionary significance of plants and animals, applying palaeontology knowledge to biological, ecological and geological problems.

Potential careers:

  • palaeontologist
  • researcher
  • environmental scientist
  • exploration geologist
  • curator
  • educator
Discover the evolution of life through Palaeobiology at Macquarie. Working with real fossils, you'll apply your learning to ecological and geological problems.

Environmental management and climate change have become the issues of our time.

All life on earth depends on properly functioning ecosystems. Macquarie gives you the in-demand specialist skills to identify strategies for preserving our rich biodiversity and marine environment.

Potential careers:

  • aquaculture/mariculture specialist
  • coastal manager
  • environmental scientist
  • palaeontologist
  • natural resource manager
  • wildlife manager
  • conservation policy maker
  • exploration geologist
  • environmental consultant
Study Conservation, Marine Biology and Sustainability to develop in-demand environmental management skills and help preserve the earth's rich biodiversity.

Gain the skills to help advance human understanding and address the critical issues of our time

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Employability

Flexible study options

Flexible study options

At Macquarie you have the freedom to combine almost any fields of study, giving you a more diverse skill set and expanding your career options. From 2020, you can join your science degree with any of our 50+ undergraduate degrees.

Industry relevant courses

Industry relevant courses

Our science courses have been designed in conjunction with industry to give you the most up-to-date knowledge and skills you’ll need throughout your career.

Research ranked above world standard across several sciences (ERA)

Research ranked above world standard across several sciences (ERA)

#1 in Sydney for overall graduate satisfaction and teaching quality

#1 in Sydney for overall graduate satisfaction and teaching quality

Ranked in the top 1 per cent of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2019)

Ranked in the top 1 per cent of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2019)

Practical learning

Real-world, hands-on experience

Real-world, hands-on experience

Our programs help you transition from the classroom to the workplace. Macquarie’s award-winning Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) units offer you opportunities for real industry experience as part of your degree.

World-class facilities

World-class facilities

Macquarie has an outstanding variety of scientific facilities, from our eleven-hectare fauna park to our cutting-edge digital microscopy equipment. You’ll take your learning beyond textbooks with our seawater and plant growth facilities, biological sciences museum and much more.

What our students say

Rachel Hourigan

Rachel Hourigan

Bachelor of Science

"My career goal is to work out in the field doing geophysical surveying – specifically gravity surveying – and then secure a research and teaching role at a university.

Macquarie has prepared me perfectly for my future careers because not only have I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time in the field practicing different survey techniques, my practical classes have taught me how to apply and reduce the survey data I’ve gathered, giving me a full understanding of how that data can be used."

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