Murdoch University

About Murdoch University

Murdoch University was established in 1975 and is Western Australia's second oldest University. The total student population at Murdoch is over 22,000, with 3,000 international students coming from more than 100 different countries.

The University is committed to the pursuit of excellence and has an international reputation for quality teaching and research. Murdoch is placed in the top 2% of global universities and ranked in the Top 400 in the Times Higher Education World Rankings 2012 – 2013.

The University is situated only 20 minutes (9 miles) drive south of the center of Perth, the capital city of Western Australia and 10 minutes (5 miles) from the port city of Fremantle. Its campus, which is beautifully landscaped with Australian native trees and shrubs, is a hub of activity, life and fun and provides an ideal environment to meet other students from Australia and all over the world.

Murdoch University was named after Named after author and philosopher Sir Walter Murdoch. Born in 1874, Sir Walter Murdoch was a prominent academic and was a former Chancellor of The University of Western Australia.

Murdoch is home to a range of world-class facilities including:

  • AUD$35 million Institute for Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Murdoch (IIID). Partially funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to continue research into preventing and reducing the impact of diseases worldwide and to advance medical and scientific knowledge.
  • AUD$3.7 million Law Court
  • AUD$7.5 million Business School
  • AUD$1.7 million Media Arts Centre
  • Forensics Laboratory
  • Psychology and Chiropractic Clinic
  • Veterinary Clinic and farm

Why Choose Murdoch University?

  • Debuted at 57 in the second annual THE (Times Higher Education) 100 Under 50 Rankings
  • Both THE World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings place Murdoch in the Top 5% of Universities worldwide
  • Highly Qualified Academic Staff - Almost 70% of academic staff hold a PhD qualification compared with the Australian average of 50%.
  • Research Excellence - Two thirds of Murdoch research assessed by the Excellence in Research (ERA) in 2011 was rated a world standard or above. Fields such as immunology, medical microbiology, resources engineering, extractive metallurgy and animal production were ranked well above world standards.
  • First Year Advisors - Located in each school so students have their very own contact person who can assist with questions directly and can refer them to the appropriate person or service on campus to assist them getting through those first bumps in the road of your their learning journey.
  • Professional Placement Unit - Many degrees include a professional internship unit where students gain practical experience in a work environment to prepare them for employment.
  • Cross disciplinary double major options - Students can choose a 2nd major from any School and graduate with two areas of expertise in the same amount of time and cost.
  • Student Diversity - We are very proud our multicultural student population with students from close to 100 countries. Students not only learn about Australian culture but get to share the traditions, food and values of their own culture with the wider community at events like Multicultural Day.
  • No pre-requisites - Apart from English, there are no subject pre-requisites for admission, only recommended pre-requisite subjects.
  • Extensive International Links, with over 65 universities from around the world.
  • Study Abroad/Exchange Program, which allows students to spend a semester or a year studying at one of many overseas institutions as an exchange student.
  • Research intensive institution and a member of Innovative Research Universities Australia (IRU Australia).

Academic Schools @ Murdoch University

  • School of Arts
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering and Information Technology
  • School of Health Professions
  • School of Law
  • School of Management and Governance
  • School of Psychology and Exercise Science
  • School of Veterinary and Life Science

Complete list of courses offered at Murdoch

Scholarships @ Murdoch University

Murdoch offers a range of scholarships for international postgraduate students. Please get in touch with PTC for more information.

Notable Alumni of Murdoch University

  • Visam Ali – Maldivian politician
  • Adam Bandt – Australian Politician
  • Jeremy Callaghan – actor
  • Tracey Cross – Australian Paralympian swimmer
  • James Edelman – the youngest judge ever appointed to the WA Supreme Court
  • Alan Eggleston – Australian politician
  • Vivienne Elanta – environmental activist
  • Brian Greig – Australian politician
  • Frederic Jevons – biochemist and educator
  • Michael Keenan – Australian politician
  • June Kenny – the first female indigenous managing director of a Western Australian law firm
  • Melissa Parke – Australian politician
  • Margaret Quirk – Australian politician
  • Mark Schipp – Australian Chief Veterinary Officer
  • Kim Scott – author
  • John Turner – Australian politician
  • Kon Vatskalis – Australian politician
  • McKenzie Wark – writer and academic
  • Giz Watson – Australian politician
  • Grant Woodhams – Australian politician
  • Edmund Yeo – Malaysian filmmaker
  • Basil Zempilas – broadcaster

Notable Staff / Professors @ Murdoch University

  • Dr Judy MacCallum - Dean of the School of Education and Associate Professor in educational psychology
    Dr MacMallum is transforming child education by pioneering research in mentoring and strategies such as intergenerational change, which has driven policy development and implementation at both state and national levels.
  • Anna Copeland - Director of the Clinical Legal Program at Murdoch University School of Law
    Anna is a champion of human rights and the rights of refugees and young people with her work at the Southern Communities Advocacy and Legal Education Service (SCALES) fighting discrimination and protecting the rights of youth, refugees and asylum seekers. SCALES offers Murdoch's law students the opportunity to work at an operational legal service in a real world environment.
  • Associate Professor David Maguire - Doctor of Business Administration and an MBA, Associate Professor
    Associate Professor David Maguire teaches in the area of journalism, politics and society. He has 30 years in the media industry shaping public opinion and driving the direction of print publications and radio in Australia, Hong Kong and China. Dr Maguire's research addresses reporting challenges in the chaos of major crises and the fundamentals of journalism in the fog of new media, furthering modern journalism theory.
  • Associate Professor Graeme Cole - Associate Professor of Engineering
    Associate Professor Graeme Cole has extensive expertise in bioengineering, biophysics and control systems which have been utilized in wide range of projects from developing robotic systems to optical systems to renewable energy monitoring and testing systems.

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