Research

Research

Our faculty sustains research activities with the highest international and national standing. We acknowledge that research activity is important to producing high-quality programs, therefore we encourage and support research that enhances our educational mission.

Further study or research?

Interested in continuing your studies or embarking on research to pursue your passion with Macquarie? We offer a range of research training and research degrees in broad interest areas across our faculty. To find out more, contact a researcher in your field of interest to discuss your idea or find out more about applying,

Excellence in research

In recognising the high quality research support invested in our faculty, in the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2015), Macquarie research within the Faculty of Science and Engineering was rated as performing as outstanding well above world standard, above world standard or at world standard in the following areas:

Physical sciences

Physical sciences received the top rating of 5 – ‘outstanding performance well above world standard’ – for the discipline overall and was rated 5 for each of the three sub-discipline research areas in which it was assessed: quantum physics, astronomical and space sciences, and optical physics.

As a result, Macquarie is one of only five universities to have been rated 5 for physical sciences research in all three ERA evaluations, and places in the top three universities to be rated 5 for quantum physics research in all three ERA evaluations (2010, 2012 and 2015).

Environmental sciences

Environmental sciences received the top rating of 5 – ‘outstanding performance well above world standard’ – for the discipline overall and was rated 5 for the sub-discipline research area of environmental science and management. Macquarie was also rated 4 – ‘performance above world standard’ – in the sub-discipline research area of ecological applications. It should be noted, Macquarie is one of only two universities to be rated 5 for environmental sciences research in all three ERA evaluations.

Agricultural and veterinary sciences

Agricultural and veterinary sciences received the top rating of 5 – ‘outstanding performance well above world standard’ – for the discipline overall. This places Macquarie among the top five universities in the country for this discipline.

Biological sciences

Biological 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 ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics and plant biology.

This places Macquarie in the top three Australian institutions for evolutionary biology research—having received a rating of 5 in all three ERA evaluations— and among the top eight institutions for genetics research.

Earth sciences

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.

These results have firmly established Macquarie’s excellence in physical geography and environmental geoscience research, where it is the only university to be rated 5 in all three ERA evaluations. Additionally, Macquarie places among the top five for atmospheric sciences research.

Mathematical sciences

Mathematical 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 of pure mathematics and a rating of 4 for statistics.

This places Macquarie among the top six Australian universities for pure mathematics. Pure mathematics research is primarily conducted in the departments of Mathematics and Computing, including the Centre of Australian Category Theory (CoACT), a Macquarie University Research Centre.

Information and computing sciences

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.

Electrical and electronic engineering

Electrical and electronic engineering received a rating of 4 out of 5 – ‘performance above world standard.’ Biomedical engineering was rated for the first time and was rated at world standard.

Research in Macquarie University’s Department of Engineering is predominantly focused on future wireless networks, reconfigurable electronics and antennas, biomedical imaging and sensing, and sustainable energy systems. It has strong links with industry partners, including the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Optus, Telstra, Cochlear, GE Health, M/A-COM, BCS International, and Siemens Health, among others.

Chemical sciences

Chemical sciences was rated at world standard for the discipline overall and received a rating of 4 – ‘performance above world standard’ – in the sub-discipline research area of analytical chemistry.

Higher degree research committee

The Higher Degree Research Committee in the Faculty of Science and Engineering promotes excellence in higher degree research within the faculty. It operates as a forum for the sharing and dissemination of best practice in higher degree research and research supervision within the faculty. It oversees higher degree research student's needs across the faculty and also develops policy and strategies to recruit and develop higher quality research students.

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