Department of Computing

Department of Computing

Our department takes advantage of our strategic location next to Australia’s emerging leading business innovation and IT hub at Macquarie Park. In our commitment to produce 'career-ready' graduates, we liaise closely with industry in the development and assessment of our teaching programs and research activity.

We offer a comprehensive teaching program underpinned by an active research program covering a wide range of interests including:

  • Category theory
  • Cryptography
  • Cyber security
  • Data science
  • Language technology
  • Machine learning
  • Virtual reality and Stimulation

We run regular research seminars that are presented by computing staff, HDR students and research groups in computing or groups that are collaborating with computing.

We offer three PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) units in Computing, and students can select our Planet unit (ISYS100 - IT and Society) available for students outside of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. More information on these units of study can be found in the Macquarie Handbook.


The research goals of the department are to apply computational methods to solve real problems in the creation of computer-based technology. Our research interests are in

  • Intelligent and Data Intensive Computing
  • Secure and Reliable Systems
  • Human Computer Interactions

In ERA 2015, research in information and computing sciences was rated at world standard for the discipline overall. Macquarie also received a rating of 4 out of 5 – ‘performance above world standard’ – for the sub-discipline research area of computation theory and mathematics. Discover more about the research work undertaken by researchers within this department.

If you are interested in doing research at Macquarie University, contact a researcher in your field of interest to discuss your ideas before applying. Contact the Higher Degree Research Office to find out more about applying or look for a supervisor.

Centres and opportunities

The Department of Computing's research centres are focused in the space of Innovative Technologies.

Macquarie University and Optus have established the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub. Taking a holistic approach to cyber security, the hub will focus on how cybercrime is perpetrated, how it affects the economy, and how it can be effectively addressed.

Students from our department are involved in a number of societies across the University. This includes the Macquarie Association of Computing Students

Contact us

Learn more about our support for current students, make requests regarding your studies online or contact us.

If you have questions, please go to or contact the Science and Engineering Student Services Centre.

For enquiries regarding research degrees, contact Ms Jane Yang or Ms Ana Borba.

International student enquiries: Submit an online enquiry.


On campus, orientation and support

On campus

The University provides support and information for students regarding on-campus food, childcare and travel needs.

Stay fit and active beyond the classroom with Macquarie’s Sport and Aquatic Centre which has a wide range of fitness classes and sporting facilities and a variety of membership options to suit your needs.


New and returning students are encouraged to attend Orientation week to celebrate the new session. Relax, explore and meet new people before lectures start the following week. Check out what is happening during 'O Week' and keep an eye on your emails for your invitation.


Need a little more help? Academic support is available for you providing academic and program advice, as well as peer support, study skills programs and training and support resources throughout your semester.

For help outside of your studies, the Health and Wellbeing teams can help by providing guidance on how to adjust to University life, counselling services, disability support services, student advocacy and much more. Don't forget, you can also tap into the student social clubs and groups as a way of connecting with others who share your passions.

Support is also readily available for Indigenous students and International students who need personal or academic advice.

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