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At a glance

Our rankings and awards, and some fast facts about the Faculty of Arts

2nd Largest Faculty in Macquarie University

  • Over 7,500 students currently enrolled in our programs
  • Over 480 academic and professional staff
  • Over 550 students undertaking research degrees
2nd Largest Faculty in Macquarie University

Twelve Departments

  • Ancient History
  • Anthropology
  • English
  • Geography and Planning
  • Indigenous Studies
  • International Studies
  • Macquarie Law School
  • Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies
  • Modern History, Politics and International Relations
  • Philosophy
  • Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
  • Sociology
12 departments

#8 in Australia

Law & Legal studies

2014 QS World University Rankings

#6 in Australia

Arts & Humanities Programs

2014 Times Higher Education Rankings

#10 in Australia in Law & Legal studies

We offer:

  • Flexible and interdisciplinary approach to study
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Real-world learning
  • Quality teaching & staff expertise
  • Internationally focused degrees for global careers
What we offer

3 Faculty Research Centres

  • Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies
  • Cente for Environmental Law
  • Centre for Media History
3 Faculty Research centres

2 Macquarie Research Centres

Macquarie Ancient Cultures Research Centre

Macquarie Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics

2 Macquarie Research Centres

$4.3m 2013 ARC Funding

4.3m ARC Fundings 2013

4/5 ERA Ranking

In the disciplines of:

  • Law
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Historical Studies
  • Philosophy
4 out of 5 ERA Ranking

Over 27.9k Alumni have graduated from our Arts & Law degrees

Some of our distinguished alumni:

  • Stuart Clark
  • Liz Ellis
  • Adam Hills
  • Frankie J Holden
  • Kristy Knox
  • Chris Lilley
  • The Hon Dr Michael Kirby
  • Catherine Livingstone
  • Jeff McMullen
  • Napolean Perdis
  • Margaret Pomeranz
  • Hugh Riminton
Over 27.9k Alumni

We have the largest collection of Ancient Coins and Papyri

Largest collection of Ancient Coins and Papyri

We are the birthplace of Big History

Professor David Christian coined the term 'Big History' and taught the 1st Big History course at Macquarie in 1989.

Big History

1st MOOC offered by Macquarie

Becoming Human: Anthropology

by Associate Professor Greg Downey

1st MOOC

Research projects with national and global reach

Some of our research projects:

  • 3D Scanning & Printing
  • 3 ARC Discovery Projects
  • 6 ARC Future Fellowships
  • 2 ARC Discovery Early Career Research
Research projects

Full facts

The Faculty of Arts is the second largest faculty in Macquarie University. We have approximately:

  • 7587 students enrolled in our programs
  • 480 academic and professional support staff
  • 554 students undertaking research degrees

The Faculty of Arts has 12 departments:

  • Ancient History
  • Anthropology
  • English
  • Geography and Planning
  • Indigenous Studies
  • International Studies
  • Macquarie Law School
  • Media, Music, Communications and Cultural Studies
  • Modern History, Politics and International Relations
  • Philosophy
  • Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
  • Sociology

The Faculty offers 12 undergraduate degrees, 41 undergraduate majors, and 19 postgraduate coursework programs with 20 specialisations.

Our rankings:

  • #2 in Australia: Philosophy (QS World University Rankings 2015)
  • #8 in Australia: Law (QS World University Rankings 2015)
  • #7 in Australia: English Language and Literature (QS World University Rankings 2015)
  • #8 in Australia: Communication and Media Studies (QS World University Rankings 2015)
  • #6 in Australia: Geography and Area Studies (QS World University Rankings 2015)
  • #7 in Australia: History (QS World University Rankings 2015)
  • #6 in Australia for research impact (QS, Times Higher Education Supplement, and Leiden)
  • #8 in Australia: Arts & Humanities programs (QS University Rankings)
  • Top 30 in the world and top 2 in Australia: Australian History Museum, Museum of Ancient Cultures and Macquarie University Art Gallery (Best Colleges Online)

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We offer:

Over 27,900 alumni have graduated from our Arts and Law degrees. Some of our distinguished alumni are:

  • Hugh Riminton - CNN Hong Kong News Anchor
  • Margaret Pomeranz – film critic and producer ("At the Movies")
  • Liz Ellis – former Australian netball captain and television commentator
  • Chris Lilley – comedian, actor, writer, television producer ("Summer Heights High")
  • Adam Hills – comedian and television presenter ("Adam Hills Tonight")
  • Politicians: Dr Rob Stokes, Tanya Plibersek, John Faulkner and Peter Andren
  • Ursula Dubosarsky - children's book writer
  • Napoleon Perdis – Founder and CEO, Napoleon Perdis
  • Our documentary maker alumni, including Alec Morgan and Tom Murray, have had their work screened at the Sydney International Festival and Sundance and have earned AFI and Deadly (Indigenous) Awards
  • Marina Go – General Manager, Hearst Bauer Media

Our ancient history students can uncover the past first hand, with Macquarie University being the only Australian university with a license to dig in the Nile Valley.

The Faculty portfolio also includes:

We have the largest collection of ancient coins in the southern hemisphere

We have the largest collection of papyri (original ancient documents) in the southern hemisphere

Our Master of Indigenous Education degree is the first and only one of its kind in Australia

One of our Egyptologists recently discovered the oldest boat preserved in Egypt

The Faculty teaches 10 modern foreign languages and 17 ancient languages. In fact, we offer the widest selection of European languages in NSW

Our research projects with a national and global reach:

Faculty of Arts is the intellectual birthplace of Big History.

Professor David Christian coined the term "Big History" and taught one of the world's first Big History course at Macquarie in 1989. Today, the Big History Institute includes the Big History Projects (co-founded with the Gates Foundation) and is taught in over 350 schools worldwide

First MOOC from Macquarie

Faculty of Arts academic Associate Professor Greg Downey's "Becoming Human: Anthropology" is Macquarie University's first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

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