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Research Areas

Macquarie's research areas rated above world standard

Physical Sciences 

5 - well above world standard

Physical Sciences discipline
Quantum Physics sub-discipline
Astronomical and Space Sciences sub-discipline
Optical Physics sub-discipline


Macquarie is one of only five universities to have been rated 5 for physical sciences research (FoR 02) in all three ERA evaluations.

Macquarie is also in the top three (and the only non-Go8 university) to be rated 5 for quantum physics research (FoR 0206) in all three ERA evaluations.

Environmental Sciences

5 - well above world standard

4 - above world standard
Environmental Sciences disciplineEcological Applications sub-discipline
Environmental Science and Management sub-discipline


Macquarie is one of only two universities to be rated 5 for environmental sciences research (FoR 05) in all three ERA evaluations.

Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences

5 - well above world standard

Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences discipline


Our first assessment of agricultural and veterinary sciences (FoR 07) research places Macquarie among the top five universities in the country for this discipline.

Biological Sciences

5 - well above world standard

4 - above world standard
Evolutionary Biology sub-disciplineBiological Sciences discipline
Ecology sub-disciplineMicrobiology sub-discipline
Plant Biology sub-disciplineZoology sub-discipline
Genetics sub-discipline


In addition to being in the top three institutions for evolutionary biology research (FoR 0603), Macquarie is the only non-Go8 university to be rated 5 in all three ERA evaluations.

Macquarie is also among the top eight institutions for genetics research (FoR 0604).

Medical and Health Sciences

5 - well above world standard

4 - above world standard
Oncology and Carcinogenesis sub-disciplineMedical and Health Sciences discipline
Neurosciences sub-discipline
Clinical Sciences sub-discipline


Macquarie is among the top eight institutions for oncology and carcinogenesis research (FoR 1112).

Earth Sciences

5 - well above world standard

4 - above world standard
Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience sub-disciplineEarth Sciences discipline
Atmospheric Sciences sub-disciplineGeochemistry sub-discipline

Geology sub-discipline

Geophysics sub-discipline


Macquarie has established long-term excellence in physical geography and environmental geoscience research (FoR 0406), where we are the only university to be rated 5 in all three ERA evaluations.

Macquarie is also among the top five for atmospheric sciences research (FoR 0401).

Mathematical Sciences

5 - well above world standard

4 - above world standard
Pure Mathematics sub-disciplineMathematical Sciences discipline
Statistics sub-discipline


Macquarie is among the top six (and the only non-Go8 university) to be rated 5 for pure mathematics research (FoR 0101).

Language, Communication and Culture

4 - above world standard
Language, Communication and Culture discipline
Linguistics sub-discipline
Communication and Media Studies sub-discipline
Literary Studies sub-discipline


Macquarie continues to perform above world standard in language, communication and culture research.

Philosophy and Religious Studies

4 - above world standard
Philosophy and Religious Studies discipline
Philosophy sub-discipline
Applied Ethics sub-discipline


Macquarie is among the top five for applied ethics research (FoR 2201).

History and Archaeology

4 - above world standard
History and Archaeology discipline
Historical Studies sub-discipline


Macquarie continues to perform above world standard in history and archaeology research.

Psychology and Cognitive Sciences

4 - above world standard
Psychology and Cognitive Sciences discipline
Psychology sub-discipline


Macquarie has increased the performance of its psychology and cognitive sciences research to above world standard.

Law and Legal Studies

4 - above world standard
Law and Legal Studies discipline
Law


Macquarie continues to perform above world standard in law and legal studies research.