Established in 1975, Murdoch University is a public research university located in Perth, Western Australia. It is named after Sir Walter Murdoch, a prominent academic.
The university has three campuses located in Western Australia: the main South Street Campus that boasts a range of facilities, including a vet hospital, a farm, an engineering pilot plant, a chiropractic clinic, a Media Arts centre and more; its Rockingham Campus, based on the state’s southern coast; and the Peel Campus, which houses the school of Nursing and Midwifery.
The university also has campuses in Dubai and Singapore, which enables Murdoch’s students – numbering around 22,000 in Perth (which includes 2,000 international students from 100 countries) – to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. There are approximately 8,000 students enrolled offshore.
Murdoch offers more than 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses across a range of disciplines, including security terrorism and counterterrorism (the university emphasises ‘relevant, real-world learning.’)
Its nine schools comprise Arts, Engineering and Information Technology, Education, the Health Professions, Law, Management and Governance, Psychology and Exercise Science, as well as the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, and the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.
The university adopts a flexible approach to learning, to help students juggle their academic work around lifestyle commitments. It encourages a philosophy of ‘free thinking’ and work-related experience alongside academic study.
It also prides itself on being one of the country’s leading research institutions with a growing number of industry partnerships to its name.
The university’s South Street campus is also home to an art collection of national significance. Celebrating the creativity and diversity of Australian art, the collection comprises work by internationally recognised artists, including contemporary Western Australian and Australian artists, and traditional and contemporary Indigenous artists.