Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Scientists at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences work in a world-class research environment with state-of-the-art facilities, including a geochemical analysis unit and an organic geochemistry laboratory.

We also offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that can be integrated with many other disciplines.

We offer one PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) unit for Earth and Planetary Sciences, and students can select from three Planet units in Earth and Planetary Sciences available for students outside of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. More information on these units can be found in the Macquarie Handbook.

Higher degree research

Alongside our research students, the department generates world-leading research in Earth and Planetary Sciences. Higher degree research projects are offered on a competitive basis. Our research themes include:

  • earth surface processes
  • crustal processes
  • deep earth processes
  • planetary science

In ERA 2015, research in earth sciences received a rating of 4 out of 5 – ‘performance above world standard’ – for the discipline overall. Macquarie also received the top rating of 5 – ‘outstanding performance well above world standard’ – for the sub-discipline research areas of atmospheric sciences, and physical geography and environmental geoscience, and a rating of 4 for geochemistry, geology, and geophysics. Discover more about the research work undertaken by researchers within this department.

If you are interested in doing research training or a research degree at Macquarie University, please 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.


Macquarie University Geoscience Society (MUGS) is an academic and industry focused student group that promotes engagement of students with industry through advertisement of industry meetings, regular careers nights and sharing of professional networks.

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.

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.



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