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Your guide to Murdoch

If you’re thinking about applying for university, think of the university that gives you real-world help and advice.

Use this guide to browse Murdoch’s courses, explore the stories of our real students, and access everything you need to get started with your application.


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Courses and ATARs

We’re looking for the brightest students to join a wide range of courses including Business & Management, Education, Engineering, IT, Law, Nursing and Veterinary Science. Browse more than 200 courses and apply to start in 2016.


Student stories

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Alex McVey

“You realise that law does actually impact people; law is a people thing. It’s not just a case law or legislation thing — It made me realise there is more to law than just what’s written on a piece of paper.”

I started off studying Law, and since then I’ve added a History degree, a minor in Social Psychology and I’m currently completing my Honours. I’ve also spent five months on exchange in Sweden and studied Human Rights in Geneva. I’m in my final year and there’s still so many amazing opportunities coming my way.

Studying at Murdoch has been so much fun. The mock trials we do through the mooting program are great and the academics make such an effort to make learning interesting and engaging. When I look back at my time here at Murdoch, it’s safe to say I wouldn’t change a thing.


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Emma Rigelsford

“I want to work in information security on an international level. I don’t think any other university gives you the real-world experience in such a specific field.”

I’ve had so many standout moments. One was learning how to discover and exploit vulnerabilities in software. We found a way to gain remote access to a computer and make it practically unusable, then came up with a solution so the business could make sure it couldn’t be affected by this kind of vulnerability in the future.

The interesting coursework, challenging assignments and knowledgeable support staff are great too.


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Katie Southwell

“I got the opportunity to do the Murdoch Arts internship at Black Swan State Theatre Company this year. I was paired with great mentors, and worked in production and PR.”

I went in thinking my time at Black Swan State Theatre Company was going to be purely observational. But I got paired with great mentors, and they told me to go for it! I got to physically build professional-scale stage sets and help out the whole crew.

With the PR side, I got to develop media kits. It was pretty cool to have one of my articles published in the program for the Next To Normal production.


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Kurt Senior

“All of next year is practical; I’ll be placed all over at different hospitals. I can’t wait to get hands-on in a hospital.”

I took up an opportunity to go to Thailand on a three-week rural prac. We were in Chiang Mai, which is in the north, mainly administering primary healthcare—head-to-toe health checks and a bit of chronic disease management. There’s a lot of it there.

We had no power or running water—we used rainwater from gravity fed tanks. It was a huge change from the facilities I was used to, but I really enjoyed it.


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Maria-Louisa Pots

“I love the hands on aspects of the course, the pracs where we get to interact with the animals. I learned how to flip a cow by myself—it’s pretty cool.”

In the last twelve months, I’ve done pracs with pigs, cattle and horses. The cattle prac was a one-week prac. I worked very closely with one of the most renowned cattle veterinarians in Australia.

We spent five days ‘tagging’ 1,500 cattle. Tagging is a process when you run them through the raceway, which is like a path, and you put them on a cradle, which is like a table, and you flip them over for safe vaccinations.


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Paula Hicks

“I had to actually have a piece of paper so I could compete for the executive roles. For me, it was about going back and getting the formal qualifications to back up my years of industry experience.”

I have worked in the welfare, health and education sectors for 15 years within Aboriginal-specific roles. I went into university thinking I knew everything. It’s actually opened my eyes to the reality that you get a lot out of a university degree that you just simply can’t get from work experience. It complements what I have and gives me the theory behind what I had already been doing.

When I was in school I was so scared I would fail maths. So when I read the details for one of my business units, I questioned if I could do it. Now I know nothing can stop me if I put my mind to it. I’ve realised what it takes to get that High Distinction.


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Featured courses

Study Law at Murdoch

Make a difference with Murdoch's Law degree.

You’ll study in a world-class learning environment with over 20 years’ experience and have the opportunity to complete your units in Italy, Switzerland and China. You'll hone your debating and reasoning skills against legal experts and other students in simulated professional settings and get practical experience through our legal clinic: Southern Communities Advocacy Legal Education Services (SCALES).

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Study Engineering at Murdoch

Make a difference with Murdoch’s Engineering degree.

You’ll study in facilities identical to those used around the world and be taught by researchers who have real-world experience in applying what they know to solving complex problems. You’ll gain practical and theoretical experience in developing new technologies that can help the resource sector be more sustainable.

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Study Laboratory Medicine at Murdoch

Make a difference with Murdoch’s Laboratory Medicine degree.

You’ll develop the knowledge and skills to diagnose disease in a clinical laboratory setting. You’ll study in a world class medical and health precinct which will help you build extensive practical experience in clinical diagnostic disciplines while learning on-the-job skills. You’ll graduate well prepared to pursue a career in both medical and veterinary laboratory diagnosis and research.

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Study Laboratory Medicine at Murdoch

Make a difference with Murdoch's Nursing degree.

You'll develop the knowledge and skills to provide high quality care in hospitals, aged care and community settings and have the opportunity to complete overseas clinical placements in Africa, Asia and the United Kingdom. You'll study in a real-world environment including our high quality teaching wards and state-of-the-art simulation suites which will help you gain extensive practical experience.

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