Murdoch University Information

  • Introduction

    We didn't become a free-thinking university overnight. Since we were founded in 1973, we've been committed to providing students with a kind of education that helps them to think for themselves, finding new ways to push past the status quo.

    Murdoch University is a place where lecturers know you by name, and down-to-earth students wave to you across the lawns of Bush Court. We are honoured to welcome staff and students who come from all walks of life.

    Whether you want to change the whole world, some of the world or just your world, our extensive range of courses and hands-on learning facilities will equip you with the skills you need. We take you beyond the classroom and out into the field where you can think for yourself and see the world in real-time.

    Murdoch University is a place of free thinking. We understand that a great education is about more than just textbooks, it's about feeling, seeing and experiencing your studies.

    The opening of the new teaching building 'B360' in Semester 1, 2023, will enhance the study experience and provide Murdoch students with a fresh space to learn, collaborate and build relationships with key industries before they graduate. This new sustainable building has been designed with students at its heart and will bring the future of learning right to student's fingertips.

    In 2022, Murdoch was awarded the QS 5 Stars rating for teaching, employability, research, internationalisation, innovation and inclusiveness, and overall experience.

    To find the course that's right for you, check out our 2023 course guide or contact the friendly Meet Murdoch team on 1300 MURDOCH (1300 687 3624) or by visiting murdoch.edu.au.
  • Student support services

    Murdoch offer a range of support services that can help you at every stage of your studies.

    Student support
    Murdoch's student learning support services will help you develop the academic and study skills you need to succeed at university and beyond. You can access self-help resources like Studiosity and Grammarly, visit a Peer Academic Coach at any MyMurdoch Advice location on-campus or online and they will refer you through to our specialised learning support team, located in the library. Murdoch also have great programs like Peer Academic Study Support to help you with specific units throughout your study.

    Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre
    Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre believes education is freedom. The people you meet, the ideas you engage with and the doors you open are transformational.

    The main goal of the centre is to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in higher education. This is done through increasing awareness and providing support for students throughout their academic journey.

    Support for students with disability
    Murdoch University is committed to ensuring that students with disability, or students who are carers for people with disability, can access specific services and facilities to enable equal participation in study.

    If you have a disability or ongoing medical condition, or you are caring for a person with disability, you may need support or assistance with your studies. Your tailored support may include help with coursework or exams.

    If you are thinking about studying at Murdoch and would like to know more about how we can support you, contact us. Any conversation that you have with our accessibility advisors is confidential.
  • Admission Requirements

    Getting into university is simpler than you might think. Murdoch University have a range of pathway options available, taking into account your high school results, previous studies, and work and life experience.

    School Leavers
    All undergraduate courses at Murdoch, apart from nursing and veterinary science (which have competitive entry) have a guaranteed selection rank required for consideration.

    Your selection rank for university entry can be generated by a range of qualifications like an ATAR, International Baccalaureate, vocational qualifications, International Big Picture Learning Credential, a portfolio, or completion of an enabling course. You can find the minimum selection rank for the courses you are interested via the Course Search facility.

    If you don't currently meet Murdoch's admission requirements, check out their range of enabling pathways that can help you build your skills and get into uni.

    Non-school leavers
    If you finished Year 12 a while ago or did not complete your secondary education, there are a range of non-school leaver entry pathways into Murdoch available including previous higher education or Vocational Education and Training (VET) study and work and life experience.

    These include:
    • Previous higher education: If you have successfully completed at least two units or a tertiary enabling course at an Australian university, or one year of study at a recognised higher education provider, you will meet the requirements to apply to Murdoch.
    • Previous vocation study: A completed TAFE Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma can all be used to apply for most of Murdoch's courses.
    • Qualifications: Diploma level or higher completed within the last 10 years may make you eligible for Advanced Standing towards your Murdoch degree.
    • Work or life experience: If you haven't previously studied before, then you can still apply for Murdoch using our range of work and life experience pathways.
    If you are unsure about your eligibility, you can learn more by visiting murdoch.edu.au/study or by contacting the Meet Murdoch team on 1300 MURDOCH (1300 687 3624).

    Murdoch RISE
    Murdoch University recognises that not all applicants have the same opportunities to achieve their potential. To help support students achieve admission for an undergraduate degree, Murdoch's RISE adjusts 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, declared Indigenous status, and whether you are the first in your family to attend university (this is determined by your parents'/guardians' highest level of education). Students need 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.
  • English language proficiency

    To study at Murdoch University, you will need to meet the specific academic and English Language Competency (ELC) requirements for your chosen course. You can demonstrate ELC by:
    • Successfully completing Year 11 and 12, 2 years of VET study, or 2 years of a combination of these pathways in an Australian or English-speaking school
    • Achieving a scaled mark of 50 or higher in ATAR English, Literature or English as an Additional Language or Dialect
    • A score of 140, or higher in the Written English Component of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT).
    Further information on ELC requirements can be found at murdoch.edu.au/study.
  • Admission pathway courses

    Enabling pathways
    Murdoch offers a range of enabling pathways courses that will help you develop the skills you need to study at a university level. Upon successful completion, you'll be eligible to study most undergraduate courses with a selection rank of 70.

    OnTrack is a 14-week, pre-university, equity-focused program that enables students who don't qualify for entry through other admission 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 most undergraduate degree courses at Murdoch University that have an indicative ATAR of 70.00, commencing the following semester.

    FlexiTrack is a free online university preparation course that qualifies you to apply directly for most undergraduate degree courses at Murdoch University that have a minimum 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.

    OnTrack Sprint is a four-week intensive program designed to prepare students who have just missed the required ATAR for admission to Murdoch University. It provides an admission pathway for students who have completed their Year 12 schooling within the previous 18 months, generated a Selection Rank between 60.00-69.95 and have met English competency or have gained a Selection Rank of 70+ and have not met English competency. High achieving non ATAR students may also be eligible. Applicants must also be Australian Citizens, permanent residents, or humanitarian visa holders.

    Find out more about Murdoch's enabling pathway courses by visiting murdoch.edu.au/enablingpathways.

    Other admission pathway courses
    Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre provides admission pathways to Indigenous people who haven't had an opportunity to complete formal schooling or haven't studied for a while. 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 a wide range of courses with a guaranteed selection rank of 70.

    If you can demonstrate your aptitude and ability via school subjects or extracurricular activity that relates to the course you would like to study, then Portfolio may be the pathway for you. You can apply via TISC or directly to the University. The application form and instructions can be found at portfolio.murdoch.edu.au. Portfolio applicants will also need to demonstrate English competency.

    Pre-Law Admission Pathway 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. To find out more visit Pre-Law.

    Law Start is a legal aptitude entrance pathway to study Law at Murdoch. This pathway is for students 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 Law Start.

    To view Murdoch's full range of admission pathway courses visit murdoch.edu.au/enablingpathways.

    Extenuating circumstances. We understand that the intended admission 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/study/pathways-to-uni. Also see Educational Access Scheme (EAS).
  • 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; or
    • Are a current Murdoch student wanting to transfer to another course (except Veterinary Science) or add a second major, and you aren't graduating after the current semester. Existing Murdoch University students can transfer course via here; or
    • Deferred your offer in 2022 and wish to take up your studies in that course or apply for another Murdoch course in 2023. (If you would like to apply for Nursing or Veterinary Science 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 2022;
    • Are applying for Veterinary Science or Nursing.
  • 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. For majority of Murdoch's courses, you can only select one major unless you are applying for a combined degree. Information about adding a second major or minor to your degree is available at personalise your course. When you list a Murdoch course as a preference, for most courses you're also indicating your major area of study. For most of our courses you can only select one major unless you select one of our combined degrees. Information about adding a second major or minor is available at

    Some of our courses are available as combined degrees which may enable you to graduate with two undergraduate qualifications. Combined degrees have their own course codes which you can find via the Course Search facility.

    Full-time study
    A full-time study load is the quickest way to finish your degree. A standard full-time study load is normally 12 credit points in each semester (or 24 credit points in each academic year) and the average workload is 40 hours per week. This includes any lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes, as well as personal reading and assessments required for the unit.

    Part-time study
    Need more flexibility? Part-time study might be an option. You may also be able to change between full-time and part-time study during your course if your circumstances change.

    Online study
    Many courses give you the option to study online using materials such as lecture recordings. If coming onto campus isn't always convenient for you, you can complete units and even whole degrees online.

    Credit/advanced standing
    See Advanced standing/credit transfer.

    Courses with limited places
    The courses with the most competitive entry at Murdoch are Nursing and Veterinary Science.

    Courses with higher entry requirements
    Some of Murdoch's courses including Engineering, Law, Nursing and Veterinary Science, have higher academic and/or English Language Competency (ELC) requirements.

    You can find out more about entry requirements into these courses on the Murdoch website.

    Deferred admission
    If you've been offered a place in an undergraduate degree, you can apply to defer admission for a maximum of two years. If you have been offered a place in an enabling program, you can apply to defer admission for a maximum of one year. Deferred students will receive a new letter of offer closer to the time of preferred intake. Please note that offers for the Bachelor of Nursing cannot be deferred.

    Courses available at the Mandurah campus
    The following course is available at the Mandurah 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
    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.
  • Additional information for students applying to Veterinary Science

    All students seeking entry to Veterinary Science at Murdoch University must undertake the Casper Situational Judgement Assessment. The Casper is an online assessment where you will be asked to respond to written and video based scenarios.

    The assessment takes between 100-120 minutes, and testing sessions occur monthly from August to early December. You will need access to a computer with a webcam and microphone, and a reliable internet connection. The assessment costs $80.

    Applicants who are applying for Veterinary Science in the non-school leaver category (MUSVV) must also 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, achieving English competency and Casper assessment.

    This documentation includes:
    • academic transcripts from previous and/or current tertiary studies (or school study for International school applicants)
    • 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, animal-related written references
    Assessment of the application will be based on the academic standard achieved in all previous tertiary study, the personal statement, evidence of recent veterinary and related experience, and Casper assessment. 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.

  • Further enquiries

    Contact the Meet Murdoch team on:

    Telephone: 1300 687 3624
    Email: study@murdoch.edu.au
    Website: www.murdoch.edu.au

    CRICOS Provider Code: 00125J