Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Sakkie Pretorius (left) welcomes Erika Braun, Macquarie’s first inbound Master of Research exchange student.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Sakkie Pretorius (left) welcomes Erika Braun, Macquarie’s first inbound Master of Research exchange student.

‘Willkommen’ to first Master of Research exchange student

Exchange semesters are a fairly common part of coursework study. But exchange can be just as transformative for research students – something that Macquarie has recognised with its new Master of Research Exchange Program.

The Master of Research (MRes) was the first Australian degree to fully align with research training qualifications in Asia, Europe and North America and provides an improved pathway to a PhD.

The international alignment of the degree creates opportunities for students to enrich their research training with study at another university that shares an interest in their research area.

One such student is Erika Braun, who is nearing the completion of her exchange from the University of Göttingen.

Erika says her time at Macquarie has greatly enhanced her research skills, which will benefit her when she returns to Germany to complete her masters thesis.

“Coming to Macquarie was a really good opportunity,” Erika says. “I’ve learned a lot about data analysis, which will be really helpful for my thesis.”

“Everyone’s been really nice and I’ve really enjoyed my time here – I don’t want to go home!”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Sakkie Pretorius says the MRes exchange program is one of several initiatives in the University’s new Strategic Research Framework that will further strengthen Macquarie’s connections with leading research universities around the world.

“Our international collaborations are paramount to our success as an institution delivering research with world-changing impact,” he says.

“Alongside our existing cotutelle and joint PhD programs, the MRes exchange program is another way we can work with our global partners to create the research champions of the future.”


Read more about the Master of Research research training pathway.