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Bachelor of Arts
An arts degree that no one else has
Make your degree unique and study what interests you: philosophy, English, society and culture, ancient or modern history, politics or sociology. Analyse critically, think creatively and solve problems for a career in professional or civic life.
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- 14 Nov 21
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion you will be able to
- Integrate recent and established theories and principles across a range of disciplines.
- Evaluate and apply recent and established principles and concepts in one or more disciplines.
- Apply methods of inquiry and analysis from within disciplines in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
- Critically analyse arguments, assumptions, concepts and data to make appropriate judgement.
- Independently identify and solve problems in the context of academic studies and/or community environments.
- Communicate knowledge and ideas effectively to peers, academic audiences, professionals and non-specialists.
- Use literacy, numeracy, digital and interpersonal skills to acquire, synthesise and communicate credible information in written, graphic and visual forms.
- Identify opportunities for and plan future professional development through independent learning, self-reflection and critique.
- Interact and collaborate with others from diverse disciplines, backgrounds and cultures to achieve personal or common objectives.
- Apply high standards of ethical conduct to learning and research activities.
The Bachelor of Arts (OUA) course will provide you with core transferable skills alongside a range of disciplinary knowledge. Arts graduates are highly sought after by employers because arts courses ensure that you develop your adaptability and ability to help shape change and prepare you for a multifaceted career or further study. As a BA graduate you will turn your passion into a career and explore your interests in depth. Depending on the major chosen to study with the Bachelor of Arts, your career options could include:
international development adviser
social change activist
teacher (after further study)
Higher education via OUA
- 4 OUA Undergraduate subjects at pass level from any OUA provider; OR
- 2 OUA Undergraduate subjects at credit grade level from any OUA provider
A competitive ATAR of 75, a Selection Rank of 75 or equivalent OP of 12.
Work and Life
Detailed information regarding alternative Macquarie Admissions pathways can be found here:
English Proficiency Requirements
Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent.
All applicants for undergraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification
For more information see English Language Requirements.
Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University and OUA offer a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others.
All unit materials are delivered fully online. Students with special needs can apply for alternative assessment arrangements. Contact us at https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-admin-services.
The Bachelor of Arts (OUA) at Macquarie University is a distinctive course that equips its graduates with knowledge and skills that can be applied in any career or in further study. No other course offers as much flexibility and a wide range of study options as the Bachelor of Arts. You will be given the opportunity to turn your passion into a career while developing a strong set of core transferable skills valued by industry and the society. In consultation with industry, the Bachelor of Arts (OUA) places a strong emphasis on skills for success in the 21st century workplace. You will be taught by active researchers, leading academics and award winning teachers.
Recommended Study Pattern
CORE ZONE: 16 subjects
Essential Subjects: Complete the following 4 subjects:
- ABSX1000 Introducing Indigenous Australia
- ARTX1000 Humanities and the World
- PHIX1037 Critical Thinking
- ARTX3500 Arts Capstone*
Major: 8 Subjects
Choose a major from the course's major schedule.
Minor: 4 Subjects
Choose a minor which corresponds to a major from the course’s major schedule. At least 2 of these subjects must be at 2000 level or above.
Electives: 8 Subjects
You can use your flexible zone to enrol in any subject for which you meet the pre-requisites. You may also use your flexible zone to complete a second major or minor(s).
Total Subjects required: 24
On completion of admission you are bound by the University Terms and Conditions and must comply with present and future By-laws, Rules, Codes, and Policies, Procedures and Schedules of Macquarie University.
The degree will normally be three years in duration for full-time students, but part-time students may take longer to complete subjects towards the BA degree.
To qualify for a Bachelor of Arts degree through Macquarie University students must meet the following requirements:
- Students must complete 24 subjects of study, 16 of which must be Macquarie subjects;
- Students must complete the 4 essential subjects.
- complete 8 subjects for the major chosen,
- complete 4 subjects for the minor chosen,
- complete any other 8 subjects.
Choose your subjects
Students must complete 8 subjects from their chosen major.
Students can choose to study from ten BA Majors:
- Ancient History
- Applied Ethics
- Creative Writing
- Indigenous Studies
- International Relations
- Modern History
Minor - 40 credit points
Choose one minor from the following options:
- Students are required to complete 8 electives.
- Students can use choose to enrol in any subject for which they meet the pre-requisites. This includes Macquarie subjects or any OUA undergraduate subject.
- Students may also complete a second major or minor(s).
Students are eligible to register for the Macquarie Bachelor of Arts after successfully completing 2 OUA higher education subjects with a credit average or passing at least four subjects. These subjects can be completed with any OUA provider. Students must follow the degree structure in place at the time of their BA registration with the University. Registration is free for all students.
Please be advised that as from Session 1, 2020, Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) and HECS are not available for this degree for new students. However, subject to your eligibility, other HELP loans may be available. Students who have already been admitted into a Commonwealth Supported Place will not be affected by this change.
Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy will not be permitted to register in Macquarie University degrees offered through OUA. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
Students who complete their studies and submit the I Expect to Complete form via ask.mq.edu.au in Semester 1 may be able to graduate at the following September ceremony. Students who complete and submit the form in Semester 2 or Semester 3 may be able to graduate at the following April ceremony.
Changes as from 2021:
- A new Core list of subjects has been introduced.
- One new major has been introduced: Applied Ethics
- Students can now complete a Minor using subjects from the Major Schedule
From 2020 the Macquarie unit codes have changed. All units previously studied under the old unit code will be recognised as equivalent.
Students who have been admitted into a degree program prior to 2020 will follow the degree structure in place at the time/year of their degree registration with Macquarie University. Please refer to the study plans of the year you have been admitted into the degree.
All subjects previously studied under the old subject code will be recognised as equivalent. The current 4 digit subject codes will replace the old subject codes.
Please contact https://ask.mq.edu.au if you need to seek academic advice.
You can apply direct through Open Universities Australia.
Once you've checked your eligibility, apply and enrol for this degree following the steps. This degree also allows you to get started with Open access.
Select “See subjects”
Choose subjects to begin your application. You can choose 1 or 2 subjects to start.
Choose how you want to start
You can apply for the full degree or if you want to start with Open access, enrol into the subjects using the “Single subjects” option.
You can apply for the degree later and the subjects may be credited towards the degree.
Complete your details
Provide your details and select a funding option. You can pay up-front or apply for government funding in your application.
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This degree offers Open access entry, exclusive to Open Universities Australia.
There’s more than one way to get a degree. Open access allows you to start with single subjects as a way into eligible degrees, regardless of your study history.
Enrol into and complete the required Open access subjects to earn entry in this degree. Most subjects have no entry requirements, are fully government funded (if you’re eligible) and may be credited when you start the degree.
The best part? You can enrol and get started with single subjects now.