About the University
Murdoch remains one of the most inclusive universities in the country - providing students with a quality education and recognised academic standing within an engaging and supportive environment.
We currently have more than 22,000 students and 2,000 staff working together, exploring new ways of thinking and making discoveries. Courses are offered at campuses in Murdoch and Mandurah as well as study centres in Singapore and Dubai.
Our students are enrolled in over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses across a range of disciplines including Arts, Business, Education, Engineering, Law, Nursing and Science.
Murdoch is also recognised as one of Australia's leading research institutions with over two thirds of our research effort being recognised as at world standard or better by independent assessors in the Australian Research Council Excellence in Research Assessment (ERA). Our researchers engage with significant social and scientific challenges of our time that include climate change, food security and production, infectious diseases, mental health, politics and governance - past and present. Additionally, we have a reputation for excellence in teaching fuelled by our enthusiasm for research, the creation of new knowledge and its dissemination for the benefit of our communities both locally and abroad.
Our South Street campus is set in a beautiful bush environment and covers more than 227 hectares, making it the largest education campus in Australia. The campus is also home to a fully operational engineering pilot plant, a multi-million dollar media arts centre, drama theatre, chiropractic and psychology clinics, a comprehensive veterinary hospital with Western Australia’s only equine operating theatres, a farm and a world-class moot court. The other Western Australian campus is located in the City of Mandurah. Address details, phone numbers and maps are available.
Murdoch University also has International Study Centres in Singapore and Dubai.
Murdoch University will continue to be a comprehensive research-focused university, with high levels of scholarship informing quality teaching. Through demonstration of leadership in innovation and excellence, Murdoch will develop its students to be their best and its staff to achieve their potential, and contribute to a knowledge society where Australia’s economic and cultural vitality are central. Achievement of this intent will be sustained by:
- Ensuring students can study flexible courses by flexible means in a supportive and engaging learning environment
- Developing graduates with skills and attributes which will enable them to participate successfully and effectively in society
- Focusing research endeavour into strategic research themes that provide for future strength and emphasis
- Enhancing Murdoch’s culture of innovation
- Continuing to build the quality and reputation of the University.
As established by the Murdoch University Act 1973, the governing body of the University is the Senate. The Senate has a majority of external members and a total membership of 19. It is chaired by the Chancellor. The role of the Senate is to oversee the development and adoption of strategic initiatives, plans and key policies, and to monitor and review Murdoch’s overall performance.
The Vice Chancellor is the chief executive officer and academic principal, and is responsible to the Senate for the University’s management.
Academic Council is the senior academic body of the University. It determines academic policy, decides which courses of study will be offered, awards degrees and other qualifications, awards the University Medals, and conducts reviews of the quality of teaching and research within Schools. Membership of the Council is drawn from across the University, and includes elected representatives of academic and professional staff, and students.
The Murdoch University Act also provides for the Guild of Students which is ‘an organised association for the furthering of the common interests of its members and shall be a recognised means of communicating between its members and the Senate’.
Each School has a Dean who is responsible to the Vice Chancellor, through the Provost, for the academic and managerial leadership of the School.
Each School has a School Board which is responsible for advising the Dean on matters including the School’s strategic plans and directions, new academic offerings, teaching and research resources and School policies. The School Board is comprised of the Dean, the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching), the Associate Dean (Research), the Chairs of the School's subcommittees, and other members including students.
A number of administrative offices support the Schools, including:
Academic Registrar’s Office
Information Technology Services Office
Marketing, Communications and Advancement Office
People and Culture Office
Property, Development and Commercial Services Office
Research and Innovation Office
University Secretary’s Office.
Murdoch University takes a flexible approach to learning, offering scholarships and multiple admission pathways, plus a range of internal and external study options to help our students fit study around their work and lifestyle commitments. The adaptable undergraduate degree structure means students can broaden their qualifications and their choice of careers.
Murdoch also embraces diversity - students from 90 countries have chosen to further their education at Murdoch University.
The University is organised into nine Schools:
Business and Governance
Engineering and Information Technology
Psychology and Exercise Science
Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
Veterinary and Life Sciences.
The Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs offers students a unique opportunity to develop skills, experience and career opportunities in public policy and international affairs through the delivery of professional Masters coursework programs. This Graduate School builds on Murdoch University’s strength in applying world-class research to real world problems and students are taught by leading academics and professional practitioners from around the world. Each degree concludes with a ‘capstone’ experience that enables students to apply their learning to a practical issue.