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16,606 (2015)

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40 million AUD



Total enrollment
14,271 (2006)

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Murdoch University

Perth, Western Australia, Australia Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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90 South St, Murdoch WA 6150, Australia

Notable alumni
Melissa Parke, Michael Keenan, Alan Eggleston, Toby Miller, Jeremy Callaghan

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Welcome to murdoch university

Murdoch University is a public university in Perth, Western Australia, with campuses also in Singapore and Dubai. It began operations as the state's second university in 1973, and accepted its first undergraduate students in 1975. Its name is taken from Sir Walter Murdoch (1874–1970), the Founding Professor of English and former Chancellor of the University of Western Australia.


Murdoch is a verdant university and a member of the Innovative Research Universities.

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Murdoch University has three Australian campuses: South Street Campus, Rockingham Campus, and Peel Campus.

South Street

The main campus is on South Street, Perth, in the suburb of Murdoch, near the Kwinana Freeway (32.066°S 115.835°E / -32.066; 115.835 (Murdoch University, South Street campus)). South Street campus is Australia's geographically largest campus at 2.27 square kilometres (0.88 sq mi), large enough to accommodate the veterinary school and its animal stocks—the only such school in Western Australia. Most of the southern part of the university consists of paddocks of livestock, farms and renewable energy facilities.

The master plan for the campus included an open quadrangle of grass and trees, known as "Bush Court", in the northern part of Murdoch campus, which rises to the highest altitude on campus. The library and first academic buildings flanking this court were designed by R J Ferguson, who also designed several buildings on the University of Western Australia campus. According to the foundation ethos of Murdoch University, there were to be no imposing buildings like the University of Western Australia’s grand, Mediterranean-style Winthrop Hall, with its imposing clock tower. Rather, the architecture adopts a low-slung form redolent of a homestead, with covered walkways suggesting a hybrid veranda or cloister around the bush court. In the smaller courtyards exotic gardens, including a Chinese garden of rocks and stones, contrast with the bush court. The planting and landscaping were the work of Marion Blackwell.

Features of the campus include the Joglo Rahayu (Peace Pavilion), a semi-enclosed pavilion near the Education and Humanities building. A monument to the ongoing association between Murdoch University and Indonesian academic institutions in Java, it acts as storage for the Western Australian Gamelan Orchestra.

  • Images of South Street Campus
  • Rockingham Campus

    The Rockingham Campus is located 38 kilometres (24 mi) south of central Perth in the suburb of Rockingham (32.278°S 115.751°E / -32.278; 115.751 (Murdoch University, Rockingham campus)). Opened in 1996, it is co-located with Rockingham Challenger Institute of Technology campus, and features an arts and commerce building. The campus ceased offering undergraduate classes at the end of 2014 due to not enough students attending the campus.

    Rockingham Regional Campus Community Library

    Rockingham Regional Campus Community Library, located at the Rockingham Campus, is a joint venture between the university, the City of Rockingham and Challenger Institute of Technology. Members of all of these groups have free access to library membership.

    Membership entitles all patrons to access to Challenger Institute of Technology, university and public library resources at Rockingham.

    Mandurah Campus

    The Mandurah Campus is located 64 kilometres (40 mi) south of central Perth in the suburb of Greenfields, near the regional centre of Mandurah (32.516°S 115.756°E / -32.516; 115.756 (Murdoch University, Mandurah campus)). Opened in 2004, it is home to the School of Health Professions' Bachelor of Nursing (formally Nursing and Midwifery). In Semester 2, 2015 this degree also became available for study at the South Street Campus. Murdoch University shares the campus with Challenger Institute and John Tonkin College (formerly Mandurah Senior College).


    There are nine schools at Murdoch University:

  • School of Arts
  • School of Business and Governance
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering and Information Technology
  • School of Health Professions
  • School of Law
  • School of Psychology and Exercise Science
  • Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
  • School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
  • Asia Research Centre

    The Asia Research Centre, founded in 1991, produces multi-disciplinary research in politics, political economy, modes of governance, social change, and policy making. Its distinctive contribution to the research debate is based on the proposition that these factors have their roots in broader processes of conflict and change in society that are connected to the advance of market economies.

    The Centre encompasses researchers from across Murdoch University. It also regularly engages in collaboration with researchers from other universities around the world.

    The Centre's Director is Caroline Hughes, Associate Professor of Governance Studies in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

    Student demographics

    Murdoch University is home to over 18,500 students including 3,000 international students from over 100 countries.

    In 2015, Murdoch University has over 16,000 students with 6,880 of them being students from around the globe.

    In November 2008 H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Bin Murbarak Al Nahayan (Minister of Higher Education and Research) opened the Murdoch International Study Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


    The 2016 Times Higher Education World University Rankings has listed Murdoch University in the top 401-500 universities in the world. The QS World University Rankings placed Murdoch University in the top 551–600 universities in 2013. Webometrics ranked Murdoch University at #753 worldwide.


    Murdoch University is a research-intensive institution and a member of Innovative Research Universities Australia (IRU Australia).

    According to The Australian newspaper ("What makes a good school of journalism"), The Graduate Careers Council of Australia found that Murdoch journalism graduates rated satisfaction with their course at a level within the top five nationally.

    Murdoch University is the founder of the ACICIS (Australian Consortium for 'In-Country' Indonesian Studies) Study Indonesia program, a non-profit consortium of Australian universities that was established in 1994 to coordinate semester-long study programs at partner universities in Yogyakarta and Malang in Indonesia, for Australian university students.

    Murdoch University Dubai

    Murdoch University Dubai is a branch campus, established in 2008 in Dubai International Academic City to cater for the expanding Dubai media and financial sectors, and support Dubai's ambitions in providing an ongoing reserve of regional graduates connected to the demands of the region's booming industries.

    The campus in Dubai offers degree programs in Commerce, Information Technology and Media and postgraduate programs in Business, Human Resource Management and Education. The Degree programs are fully compatible with those offered in Perth and carry full Australian accreditation as well as being certified by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Government of Dubai.

    Murdoch University International Study Centre Singapore

    The Murdoch University International Study Centre (MUISC) in Singapore was officially opened in June 2008 by Australian High Commissioner Mr Miles Kupa.

    Notable faculty and alumni

  • Visam Ali – Maldivian politician
  • Adam Bandt – Australian Politician
  • Reg Bolton – clown
  • Jeremy Callaghan – actor
  • Leonard Collard - Author, Professor of Indigenous studies University of Western Australia
  • Tracey Cross – Australian Paralympic swimmer
  • James Edelman – justice of the Federal Court of Australia and former justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • Alan Eggleston – Australian politician
  • Vivienne Elanta – environmental activist
  • Brian Greig – Australian politician
  • Frederic Jevons – biochemist and educator
  • Michael Keenan – Australian politician
  • Bill Loader – Professor of New Testament
  • Toby Miller – cultural and media studies scholar
  • Melissa Parke – Australian politician
  • Margaret Quirk – Australian politician
  • Kim Scott – author
  • John Turner – Australian politician
  • Kon Vatskalis – Australian politician
  • McKenzie Wark – writer and academic
  • Giz Watson – Australian politician
  • Royston Wee - (Management and Marketing) professional Mixed Martial Artist in the UFC
  • Grant Woodhams – Australian politician
  • Alison Xamon – Australian Politician
  • Edmund Yeo – Malaysian filmmaker
  • Basil Zempilas – broadcaster
  • References

    Murdoch University Wikipedia

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