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Departments & Centres

See our specialist learning and research areas in Health, Education, Language and Mind.


Department of Cognitive Science

The Department of Cognitive Science is a research department which carries out research and PhD supervision across a wide range of domains of cognitive science, including memory, language, belief formation, perception in action, and reading. The Department hosts the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders which brings together researchers from the Departments of Cognitive Science, Psychology and Linguistics at Macquarie University and thirteen other national and international institutions.

Head of Department: Associate Professor Genevieve McArthur


Location: Australian Hearing Hub, Level 3

Institute of Early Childhood

The Institute of Early Childhood is committed to maximising opportunities for young children, families and communities through research, teaching, learning and advocacy.

The Institute teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses.  Undergraduate programs have two major areas of focus:

  • Early Childhood Teaching (specialisation in early childhood teaching, from birth through to 12 years)
  • Early Childhood Studies (specialisation in early childhood without a teaching qualification).

The Institute is internationally recognised for its research.  It conducts many collaborative research projects with other organisations and government.

Institute Head: Dr Peter Whiteman


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  • Undergraduate: Building X5B, Room 351
  • Postgraduate: Building C3A, Room 826

School of Education

The School of Education has an international reputation for the quality of its programs, research, scholarship and service to the educational community.

It offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The undergraduate programs lead both to teaching (primary and secondary) and careers in other educational contexts. Units in Education can be included as electives in a number of other undergraduate programs.

They have strong links with the broader educational community and is actively involved with education providers at all levels.

Head of School: Professor Lori Lockyer


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  • Undergraduate: Building C3A, Room 829
  • Postgraduate: Building C3A, Room 826

Department of Linguistics

Macquarie's Linguistics Department is one of the largest and most diverse in Australia. The Department supports undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and research degree students, domestically, internationally and by distance.

The Faculty has a dynamic, inter-disciplinary teaching and research environment. There are four research centres of international standing and several clinical groups which operate collaboratively.

Department Head: Associate Professor Lynda Yates



  • Undergraduate: Building C5A, Room 508
  • Postgraduate: Building C5A, Room 560

Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology at Macquarie University educates students in the scientific study of mind and behaviour. Many of our staff are international leaders in their field. Their expertise and dedication gives students a uniquely enriching experience.

Undergraduate students gain solid training through historical and contemporary research on human and animal behaviour.

Postgraduate coursework and research programs give comprehensive training in psychological research methods and statistical procedures. Our PhD and professional doctoral programs emphasise a theoretically rigorous, scientific approach.

Department Head: Professor Julie Fitness



  • Undergraduate: Building C3A, Room 334
  • Postgraduate: Building C3A, Room 513


Macquarie E-Learning Centre of Excellence

Macquarie University's E-Learning Centre Of Excellence (MELCOE) is an international focal point for e-learning infrastructure and standards development. Macquarie is at the leading edge of best practice in e-learning, and MELCOE is a recognised leader in implementing global standards and specifications for learning technology.

MELCOE's collaborations with educational organisations, government and commercial partners foster the adoption of the next generation of distributed e-learning and information systems.

Centre Head: Professor James Dalziel


Location: Building E6A, Room 248

Macquarie University Special Education Centre

The Macquarie University Special Education Centre (MUSEC) is nationally and internationally recognised for the quality of its research, excellence in postgraduate teaching and contributions to program development.

Staff at the Centre include special educators, psychologists, teachers, therapists and researchers. They are involved in a variety of research projects, on and off campus,  which focus on the learning and behaviour difficulties of young children and school students with special needs and disabilities.

MUSEC offers four postgraduate certificates in Special Education, a Postgraduate Diploma and a Master of Special Education by coursework study, in addition to higher research degrees at masters and doctoral level.

Enquiries: Natalie Watson

Location: Building X5A, Room 208

Macquarie University Centre for Health Economy (MUCHE)

Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE)enables decision-makers & health providers to better manage risk to ensure a sustainable health ecosystem. We do this by providing reliable & independent actionable intelligence - researched by cross-disciplinary teams of experts from input qualified by market-led needs.