How do I defer my offer?

Deferment at Macquarie University is an option for people who have received an undergraduate offer through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) but choose to postpone commencing their studies.

If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework student who received an offer for study at Macquarie for 2018 through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) you can defer your place for one year (this may be extendable to two years under certain circumstances; see below).

If the course you deferred is no longer being offered at the time you wish to commence, you will be offered a comparable course in its place.

If you are a current Macquarie student and want to take time off between years of study, refer to the Discontinue Your Current Program page.

The deferment information below applies to domestic commencing students only. International students contact Macquarie International.

Last date to submit deferment request

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Close14 March 201814 August 2018

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31 July 2018

9 October 2018

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Undergraduate students

Deferment for one year

If you received an offer for undergraduate degree study at Macquarie for 2018 through the UAC you can defer your place for one year.

If you have received an offer for Macquarie University International College (MUIC) diploma or foundation program, you may only request to defer your offer of admission to the next available commencing term. Please contact AskMQ for your deferment request.

Deferment is NOT available for:

  • Articulation into a bachelor degree from a pathway program ie Macquarie University International College, Next Step pathway, TAFE and Sydney Institute of Business and Technology (SIBT)
  • Undergraduate readmission through direct applications (submitted through eStudent)
  • Other course offers such as Bachelor of Education (Primary), Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Diploma of Languages, Diploma of Speech and Communication, Cross Institutional Studies, Bachelor of Advanced Science Session 2, Bachelor of Actuarial Studies with the degree of Bachelor of Professional Practice, Bachelor of Education (ECE)(Birth-12yrs), Bachelor of Education (ECE)(Birth-12yrs) (Distance),

Studies during deferred year

A condition of deferment is that you must not undertake any tertiary level studies during the year of deferment. Tertiary studies include Certificate IV and above, university studies or any other programs used by Macquarie for selection purposes. Should you choose to undertake tertiary studies you will need to re-apply through the UAC.

Extension of deferment

If you are eligible under the Government Youth Allowance (Independent Rate) workplace participation criteria you may extend your deferment an additional year (a total of two years’ deferment). This requires that you have worked full-time (at least 30 hours a week) for at least 18 months in the previous two years. We will require a signed letter from your employer/s as evidence of this and a letter from Centrelink confirming you are participating in Government Youth Allowance.

If you are required to attend National Service for your country, you may extend your deferment an additional year (a total of two years’ deferment). We will require an enlisting letter, a confirmation letter from your country's Defence Department or its equivalent as evidence of this.


Session 1

Session 2


Monday 12 February 2018

Monday 12 February 2018


Friday 27 April 2018

Friday 24 August 2018

Postgraduate students

Deferment for one year

If you have received an offer for postgraduate coursework degree study at Macquarie for 2018 you may be able to defer your place at Macquarie for one year

Deferment is only available for some postgraduate coursework fee paying programs. Please check the deferment availability table to see if your course can be deferred.

Deferment is NOT available for:

  1. Commonwealth supported place offers
  2. Macquarie University Graduate School of Management (MGSM) offers
  3. Research course offers

Apply for deferment

To defer your course for one year you must follow these steps:

Step 1: Check that your course of offer is available for deferment

Step 2: Retrieve your Macquarie Student ID

Step 3: Withdraw from any units enrolled (if any)

Step 4: Submit your deferment request online through eStudent. See the eStudent Deferral Guide

Step 5: Check to make sure all your personal details are correct on eStudent

Further information is available through the Deferment of a Coursework Program Offer Procedure

Having difficulty deferring?

It may mean:

  • Your course is not available for deferral
  • You already deferred your course once
  • You accepted the offer and the Offer Status has been changed to 'Admitted' in eStudent. In that case, contact AskMQ or +61 2 9850 6410

After you have applied

Notification of your deferment request 

The University will notify you of your deferment outcome via your student email account by late March 2018 for Semester 1 offers or late August 2018 for Semester 2 offers.

Please follow the instructions stated in the deferment outcome advice to accept your deferred offer.


Student Connect
18 Wally's Walk
Level 2   MUSE
Ph: +61 2 9850 6410
Online enquiries: AskMQ

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