Department of Physics and Astronomy

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Our researchers and students have access to outstanding specialist photonics, quantum and optics labs, laser processing and optical characterisation facilities, and our on-campus observatory. We collaborate closely with local, national and international observatories, research organisations, and companies, and we include nodes for three ARC Centres of Excellence.

We offer one PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) unit for Astronomy for all students, while you can select from one of two Planet units in Astronomy and Physics available for students outside of the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

More information on these units can be found in the Macquarie Course Handbook.

Vacation scholarships

  • involve cutting-edge research during the summer vacation
  • are open to undergraduate physics students in Australia
  • have a scholarship of a tax-free stipend of up to $500 per week
  • are available in areas of research excellence
  • are typically awarded for five weeks in Jan – Feb.

View a list of our previous Vacation Scholars and the projects they completed.

How to apply

Applications for the 2018/2019 Scholarships will be announced later 2018.

The application process comprises:

  • a completed application form (Word Document or PDF)
  • a covering letter
  • a copy of your academic transcript
  • your CV
  • contact details and references from two academic referees.

For more information

Terms of the award

Selection procedures


Telephone: (02) 9850 8911

Higher degree research

Our department has three research areas:

For the scholarship opportunities offer at MQ, please click here. The stipend for each year can be found from here.

See more information on the research our department does here.

If you are interested in doing research at Macquarie University, contact a researcher in your field of interest to discuss your ideas before applying. Find out more about applying, or look for a supervisor.


The Macquarie University Association for Astronomy (AfA) was established in 1988 to promote knowledge of astronomy in the community. The AfA was established in 1988 by Dr. Alan Vaughan to promote astronomy outreach to the public, enabling various parts of the astronomical community to interact, and encouraging teaching and research in astronomy and astrophysics at Macquarie University.

The Macquarie University Physics and Astronomy Society (MUPAS) is a student led society that welcomes anyone with an interest in physics, the universe and how it all works. We hold many social events, including talks by academic staff and observatory nights. We aim to provide a community where society members can interact with other undergraduates, masters students, PhD students, post-docs and academics, in a relaxed social environment.

Find more information on regular events and social media channels.

Contact us

Domestic student enquiries: visit
International student enquiries: Submit an online enquiry

Or contact our Science and Engineering Student Services Centre.


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