Warning! This degree has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to the transition arrangements for more information.
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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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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Learning outcomes for this degree are dependent on the selected major.
Please read Macquarie Bachelor of Arts Learning Outcomes (PDF, 102 Kb)
Employment opportunities are in a range of industries depending on the major area of study taken during the degree. Arts graduates can be found working in diverse areas.
Graduates demonstrate skills and capabilities that are sought after by all employers, including creative problem solving, critical analysis, highly developed communication skills, flexibility and exposure to diverse cultural and intellectual backgrounds. Graduates are eligible for further study and may apply to enter Postgraduate studies offered by Macquarie University, through Open Universities Australia or on-campus.
If you are curious about several study areas and want to combine them in one degree, a Bachelor of Arts can be a pathway to a challenging career or an exciting new interest
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.
Please note: All Macquarie subjects are now available in Semesters. Please refer to the Key Dates page for further information.
Arts graduates are highly sought after by employers because arts degrees ensure you develop strong capabilities in analysis, creativity, research, critical thinking, intercultural awareness and communication – capabilities that are in demand by employers and essential for success in the 21st century workplace. Arts graduates are recognised by employers for their advanced skills in problem solving and their ability to make ethical judgements.
This degree allows you to turn your passion into a career by exploring your interests in depth, and by honing your skills and knowledge through internships, practical application and expert teaching. No other degree at Macquarie offers as much flexibility and as wide a range of units as the Bachelor of Arts.
In 2020 the Macquarie subject codes have changed. All subjects previously studied under the old subject code will be recognized as equivalent.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students MUST complete 16 Macquarie OUA units. The remaining 8 subjects (Flexible Zone) can be completed as units from any OUA provider (including Macquarie)
Essential Subjects: Complete the following 4 subjects:
- ABSX1000 Introducing Indigenous Australia
- ARTX1000 Introduction to Humanities
- 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 nine BA Majors:
- Ancient History
- Creative Writing
- Indigenous Studies
- International Relations
- Modern History
- 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 must complete no more than 100 credit points (10 subjects) at 1000 level.
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 in 2020:
- A new Core list of subjects has been introduced.
- Two new majors have been introduced: Indigenous Studies and International Relations.
- Society and Culture has been deleted from the major list.
- 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.
Pick your subjects to begin.
Apply for the degree, or enrol directly into a subject. It's up to you!
You can apply for government funding or pay up-front.
This degree has open enrolment subjects which allow you to start without submitting a degree application.
You'll have the option to apply for the degree once you've successfully passed the subjects. In many cases, you'll even gain credit.