Murdoch University Information

  • Introduction

    Mission Statement
    Think Murdoch to Free Your Think. Murdoch University is the place where free-thinking makes progress. It is the place where independent and collaborative thinking is encouraged. Most importantly, it is the place where new ways of thinking can be found.

    Everything we do at Murdoch is designed to encourage, support and reward the thinkers. Because we are a research-led uni; to study at Murdoch is to be surrounded by some of the world's most progressive thinkers, people who are challenging conventional wisdom and tackling the world's big questions.

    As a Murdoch University student, you'll have the structure, support and space to forge your own path, so you'll graduate not just job-ready, but life ready.

    You'll build on your knowledge and further develop your creativity and agility, so you can navigate your way through an exciting and diverse academic experience, and beyond - to a fulfilling career and life ahead.

    Our students are enrolled in over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses across a range of disciplines, including Arts, Business, Education, Engineering, IT, Law, Nursing and Science.

    We take a flexible approach to learning, providing scholarships and a number of admission pathways, plus a range of internal and external study options to help our students fit study around their work and lifestyle commitments.

    If you're unsure about your preferences or what courses to choose, check out Murdoch's 2019 undergraduate course guide. This guide has information on our courses and admission requirements. If you don't have our course guide or you'd like to know more, contact our friendly Meet Murdoch team on 1300 MURDOCH (1300 687 3624), or visit murdoch.edu.au.
  • Admission Requirements

    Universities have many entry pathways, catering for applicants with varying qualifications, such as Year 12 studies, Vocational Education and Training qualifications, tertiary studies, and work and life experience.

    The University welcomes applications from a variety of education and life experience backgrounds. Also see Undergraduate Admission Requirements for School Leavers which further outlines the requirements for applicants.

    The University welcomes applications from both school leavers and non-school leaver applicants.

    Recent secondary education
    The Undergraduate Admission Requirements for School Leavers outlines the requirements for applicants who have recently (within the past two years) completed secondary education at school, TAFE or other VET or higher education providers. Most undergraduate courses at Murdoch have a minimum Selection Rank of 70.00. Your Selection Rank will include your raw ATAR plus any Murdoch RISE adjustment you may be eligible for.

    Applicants from interstate must have met the requirements for entry to a university in their own State and obtained an ATAR or aggregate which converts to the appropriate ATAR for admission to the course of their choice.

    Applicants from overseas are also welcome to apply to Murdoch University. If you have any doubts about eligibility for admission to the University, contact the Meet Murdoch team on 1300 MURDOCH (1300 687 3624).

    Higher Education study
    For most of our undergraduate courses, if you have successfully completed at least two units at an Australian University, a tertiary enabling course at an Australian university or one year of study at another recognised tertiary or higher education provider you will meet entry requirements to apply for admission. Some of our courses have specific entry requirements and higher English competency requirements for entry. Find out the requirements for your course at murdoch.edu.au/courses. If you have any other higher education studies, contact the Meet Murdoch team on 1300 MURDOCH (1300 687 3624) about your eligibility for admission to the University.

    Vocational Education and Training (VET) study
    If you've completed a TAFE Certificate IV, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma, you're eligible to be considered for admission for most of Murdoch's courses. Please visit murdoch.edu.au/courses for further details on the level of VET qualification that needs to be completed to meet entry for your course. If you have completed a Certificate IV you will also need to meet Murdoch's English Language Competency Requirements.

    Qualifications at Diploma level or higher completed within the last 10 years may make you eligible for some Advanced Standing for your Murdoch degree. Refer to Advanced Standing for further information.

    Work and Life experience
    If you don't have any formal qualifications but feel you have relevant work and life experience you can apply for a Murdoch degree with a Selection Rank of 70 through our MAP pathway. This pathway involves an assessment of your work and life experiences and an interview. You must also meet Murdoch's English competency requirements. For further information on this pathway option please email Domestic Admissions at Murdoch.

    Murdoch RISE
    Murdoch University recognises that not all applicants have the same opportunities to achieve their potential. To support a range of students achieve admission to undergraduate degrees, Murdoch's RISE will adjust the ATAR of eligible students by up to 10.00 to a maximum of Selection Rank of 90.00. Eligibility is determined by WA secondary school codes, WA permanent residence postcode and declared Indigenous status with students needing to meet one of the criteria to be eligible for the adjustment. For more information on this program visit the Murdoch RISE website. Alternatively contact the Meet Murdoch team on 1300 687 3624.
  • Competence in English

    You can demonstrate English proficiency by:
    • sitting an English proficiency test, such as the Special Tertiary Admissions Test
    • achieving a scaled mark of 50 or higher in ATAR English, Literature or English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • successfully completing a university preparation course, English language course (academic) or study at tertiary level.
    Further information can be found at http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/EnglishLanguageRequirements.
  • Personal statement

    A personal statement may enhance the likelihood of admission for applicants with poor academic performance in your post-secondary or tertiary studies. If this is the case you should submit a Personal Statement to assist your application. The statement should be approximately 300 words in length and outline the circumstances that led to the poor performance and why those circumstances will not negatively impact any subsequent studies undertaken at Murdoch University.

    If you are applying for Veterinary Science (only MUSVV) or the Bachelor of Nursing (MPNUM, MPNUE, MUNUM or MUNUE) you must submit a Personal Statement and evidence of relevant work experience. See the individual course information under Course Search.
  • Applicants with qualifications gained overseas

    If you have overseas qualifications, contact the Meet Murdoch team on 1300 687 3624 to see if you're eligible for admission. You'll also be required to provide satisfactory evidence of your competence in English via an approved examination. If you have qualifications not yet translated into English, contact the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) via www.naati.com.au.
  • Enabling courses

    OnTrack is a 14 week, pre-university, equity-focussed program that enables students who don't qualify for entry through other pathways to gain entry into Murdoch University. OnTrack provides an opportunity for you to strengthen your academic skills and understanding of university life and study. Following successful completion of OnTrack, you'll be eligible to be offered a place in a wide range of undergraduate degree courses at Murdoch University commencing the following semester. You apply for OnTrack through TISC.

    FlexiTrack is a free online university preparation course that qualifies you to apply directly for most undergraduate degree courses at Murdoch University that have an indicative ATAR of 70.00. FlexiTrack will give you the tuition you need to boost your academic skills and knowledge to an undergraduate level. You can study intensively over 10 weeks, full-time over 20 weeks, or part-time over 12 months. For more information, visit murdoch.edu.au/OnTrack/FlexiTrack/. Apply directly to Murdoch University for entry into FlexiTrack.

    OnTrack Sprint is a 4 week intensive program designed to prepare students who have just missed out on the required ATAR for admission to Murdoch University. It provides an alternative entry pathway for students who have completed their WACE Certificate within the previous 18 months, generated an ATAR between 60.00-69.95 and are Australian Citizens, permanent residents or humanitarian visa holders. Apply directly to Murdoch University for entry into OnTrack Sprint.

    Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre provides alternative entry pathways to Indigenous people who haven't had an opportunity to complete formal schooling or haven't studied for a number of years. The following courses are available:
    • 14-week Indigenous bridging program (K-Track) - apply directly to Murdoch University;
    • Professional education program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Veterinary Studies (Waardong Program).
    For more information, visit kulbardi.murdoch.edu.au.

    Portfolio Admission Pathway: Admission through the assessment of a portfolio is available at Murdoch University into the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Communication, and Bachelor of Creative Media for the following majors:
    • English and Creative Writing (MUAEC),
    • Games Art and Design (MUCME),
    • Global Media and Communication (MUCOM),
    • Graphic Design (MUCME),
    • Journalism (MUCOM),
    • Photography (MUCME),
    • Screen Production (MUCME),
    • Sound (MUCME),
    • Strategic Communication (MUCME) and
    • Theatre and Drama (MUATD).
    For portfolio admission pathways into the above-mentioned majors, apply through TISC but submit your portfolio online direct to Murdoch University Portfolio entry portal. Please visit portfolio.murdoch.edu.au for information about this entry pathway. Portfolio applicants will also need to demonstrate English competency.

    Pre-Law Alternative Entry course provides an entry opportunity for potential students who have the intellectual capacity and diligence to succeed in the Bachelor of Laws (LLB), but do not have recognised prior learning. Students who complete the course at a credit level (60% or above) will be offered direct entry into the Murdoch LLB program. For fees and admission dates, visit http://www.murdoch.edu.au/School-of-Law/Our-Courses/.

    Law Start is a legal ability and aptitude entrance pathway to study Law Murdoch University. This pathway is for school leavers who have excelled at school in one or more ATAR courses with a strong focus on essay writing and communication skills. Applicants will also need to demonstrate their aptitude to study Law by participating in a workshop and completing a written assessment. To find out more visit our website.

    Extenuating circumstances. We understand that the intended pathway to university study doesn't always go to plan. For this reason, Murdoch University will consider applications from prospective students whose education has been compromised due to genuine hardship, resulting in them falling short of admission requirements for an undergraduate course. To find out more, visit murdoch.edu.au/Pathways.

    Law Graduate Entry Do you already have a degree? Graduates with a recognised Bachelor Degree in any discipline are able to be admitted to the Bachelor of Laws as a graduate-entry student. Graduate entry students are awarded 24 points of advanced standing allowing them to complete the LLB in three years instead of four.
  • Past and current students of Murdoch University

    Apply directly to Murdoch if you:
    • Are a graduate of either Murdoch University or another university and wish to enter Honours (apart from the Bachelor of Engineering Hons - all applicants for this course apply through TISC); or
    • Are a current Murdoch student wanting to transfer to another course or add a second major, and you aren't graduating after the current semester. Apply directly to Murdoch University via here; or
    • Deferred your offer in 2018 and wish to take up your studies in that course or apply for another Murdoch course in 2019. (If you would like to apply for Nursing you should apply through TISC.)

    Apply through TISC if you:
    • Deferred your Murdoch course and now want to apply for a different course at another university.
    • Have been enrolled at Murdoch University in the past, but have not been enrolled in second semester 2018.
  • General Information

    Selection of courses
    When you list a Murdoch course as a preference, for most courses you're also indicating your major area of study. A major is a grouping of coherent units leading to an award, approved by Academic Council, the University's decision making body. At the time of application through TISC you usually only have the opportunity to select one major unless you apply for one of the combined degrees listed. However, information about adding majors is available on the website and in enrolment information supplied with your offer. If you want to enrol in a highly competitive course as a second major, you'll be able to apply at the end of the first semester.

    Some courses are available as combined degrees which may enable you to graduate with two undergraduate qualifications. Combined degrees are only available within Law, Education, Business or Commerce, Communication, Creative Media, Criminology, Arts, Science and Global Security. Combined degrees have their own course codes which you can find via the Course Search facility.

    You should therefore select your course preferences carefully. Remember: Double Majors are possible between most subject areas at Murdoch University (eg Biological Science and Marine Science, or Screen Production and Sound). If you do want to undertake a Double Major, you only need apply for the FIRST Major through TISC. The second can be added either when you first enrol at Murdoch, or during the course of your degree.

    Part-time study
    Most undergraduate classes at Murdoch University are held during normal business hours. Part-time study at Murdoch University doesn't refer to attendance at evening classes. If you're a part-time student, you'll enrol in fewer units per semester than full-time students, but attend the same classes in the units in which the full-time students are enrolled.

    External study
    If a Murdoch University course is listed with a method of study of 'E', it means that you can completed the course wholly off-campus (ie you're not required to attend classes on-campus), unless the course information entry for that course indicates an exception. External units use a combination of hard copy and online technology to communicate with you during your enrolment in external units. Where units are available externally, you can enrol in a mix of external and internal units to suit your lifestyle at any particular time.

    Credit/advanced standing
    See Advanced standing/credit transfer.
  • Additional information to be provided by applicants

    For applicants who are applying for Veterinary Science in the non-school leaver category (MUSVV) they must provide further documentation to support their application for assessment by the School. Please note those applying for entry via the school leaver category will only be selected based on their raw ATAR score and achieving English competency.

    This documentation includes:
    • academic transcripts from previous and/or current tertiary studies (or school study for International school applicants)
    • a 500 word typed and signed personal statement which should outline:
      • why you want to become a Veterinarian
      • how you consider your past study and experience to date will assist you to succeed in the veterinary course, and as a Veterinarian. If you have any fails/late withdrawals in your post-secondary/tertiary study, you should explain the circumstances for your poor performance and why those circumstances will not apply to your Murdoch studies. You should aim to demonstrate your motivation and preparation for veterinary science.
      • evidence of recent, relevant, refereed animal-related experience, such as work experience with veterinarians.
    • Curriculum Vitae and professional references
    Assessment of the application will be based on the academic standard achieved in all previous tertiary study, the personal statement, and evidence of recent veterinary and related experience. The point of entry in the veterinary course will be determined based on units completed; completion of all of the general science first year will allow entry directly into the veterinary specific part of the course.

    A Personal Statement is required for these courses:
    • Bachelor of Nursing, non-school leaver (MUNUM and MPNUM)
    • Bachelor of Nursing, enrolled nurses (MUNUE and MPNUE)

    Courses with limited places
    The courses for which entry is expected to be most competitive, are Nursing and Veterinary Science. Although certain courses can be added as a second major at initial enrolment, it isn't possible to enrol in some courses unless you've been offered a place in them. However, it will be possible to apply to transfer at the end of the first semester of study.

    Deferred admission
    If you've been offered a place of study, you can apply to defer admission for up to two years. A place of study for that same course will only be guaranteed for up to two years from the initial deferral. Deferred students will also be contacted by the Student Centre closer to the time of your preferred intake, therefore it is important that you inform the Student Centre of any change of postal address leading up to that time.

    Courses available at the Mandurah campus
    The following course is available at the Peel campus:
    • Nursing
    • Ontrack (enabling course)
    Courses available at the Rockingham campus
    The following course is available at the Rockingham campus:
    • Ontrack (enabling course)
    For further information use the Course Search function.

    Commonwealth supported places
    At the moment if you're an Australian Citizen or a New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident and are offered a place at Murdoch University you'll be offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and if you're an Australian citizen or the holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa you are eligible to access the deferred payment loan scheme (HECS-HELP). If you're currently a Permanent Resident and during your enrolment you become an Australian citizen you may then access HECS-HELP.
  • Further enquiries

    The Student Centre of the University welcomes any further enquiries on admission requirements, undergraduate degree courses or on the range of Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Coursework Masters degrees available. Enquiries on PhD and Masters degrees by research should be made to the HDR (Higher Degrees by Research) Services on (08) 9360 6927.

    Address for enquiries:
    The Student Centre
    Murdoch University
    MURDOCH WA 6150
    Telephone: 1300 687 3624
    Online queries: ask.murdoch.edu.au
    Website: www.murdoch.edu.au

    CRICOS Provider Code: 00125J