Department of Environmental Sciences

Department of Environmental Sciences

Our program provides a firm base in all scientific aspects of the environment, alongside an understanding of socioeconomic issues related to environmental matters, enabling graduates to contribute to navigating a path towards a healthy environment.

Environmental Sciences was awarded the maximum rating (5 out of 5 ‘well above world standard’) in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) analysis. As a leading Australian research institution, the Department of Environmental Sciences has cutting-edge analytical equipment and laboratories.

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

Higher degree research

Research students in our department have the opportunity to work with academics at the forefront of their fields. Generous scholarship schemes are available for applicants with proven research experience and excellent potential for a Master of Research and PhD in the department’s three areas of research:

  • environmental earth science
  • environmental quality and contaminants
  • coastal and marine science

We conduct and promote interdisciplinary research in a wide variety of environmental sciences covering environmental management, physical geography, environmental geoscience, environmental quality, climate science, spatial information science, and other related natural and physical sciences.

Discover more about the research work undertaken by researchers within this department.

If you're interested in doing research training or a research degree at Macquarie, contact a researcher in your field of interest to discuss your ideas and potential supervision before applying. For more information on how to apply please contact the Higher Degree Research Office.


Macquarie University’s health and safety policy ensures a safe work and study environment for both students and staff. Students are encouraged to read our health and safety requirements should they need to report an incident or hazard.

While undertaking your degree with us you will be attending on-campus lectures and tutorials and may need to participate in on- or off-campus field or laboratory work. The following information applies.

  • Fieldwork - Students undertaking fieldwork as part of their undergraduate course will be given outlines of that course with Work Health and Safety requirements that will need to be fulfilled for them to participate. Non-compliance with these requirements may mean not participating in any planned activities. Requirements that students will be asked to provide may include, but are not limited to, appropriate footwear, hats, appropriate clothing, sunscreen, food and water. The Department supplies first aid kits and adequate reserves of water.
  • Laboratories – where appropriate, if your course requires use of one of our laboratories, appropriate inductions, instruction and personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided to all students depending on the activities undertaken.
  • Classrooms – If during a lecture, tutorial or practical the evacuation alarm sounds or you are advised to evacuate the building:
    • do not panic – remain calm
    • leave the building immediately
    • follow all instructions given by the Area Wardens.

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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