Qualify and apply information for Veterinary Science at Murdoch University

Our Degrees are changing.

In 2014, Part I (first year) units will be introduced with Part II (second year and higher) units becoming available in subsequent years. Detailed information about Part II will be available here from mid-2014.

Find out more about our new degrees, or to get in touch and ask us what this means for you head to AskMurdoch. Continuing students can still access information for degrees commencing 2013 and prior in the Course Handbook.

Qualify and apply

School leavers

Students applying to Murdoch University on the basis of their completed secondary school studies need to achieve the following:

  • WA Certificate of Education (WACE), achieved at high school graduation, or its equivalent
  • A scaled mark of 50 or more in English, Literature, or English as an Additional Language or Dialect (all Stage 2 or 3), or equivalent English competency
  • An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) between 95.00 - 99.99 (indicative) in 2013 the minimum ATAR was 97.30

Non school leavers

This course has restricted entry requirements for non-school leavers, and all applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis for competitive entry into the courses.

Applicants for Veterinary Science are considered on the basis of previous relevant university study, which must be equivalent to a minimum of one year full-time study in the sciences and include successful completion of the following subjects, or their equivalent:

  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Statistical Data Analysis and Databases
  • Cell Biology

In assessing your qualifications we will look at your marks and how recently you completed your studies. You will also need to submit a personal statement outlining your motivations and aptitude for Veterinary Science, and details of any relevant work experience.

English proficiency

In order to gain admission to Murdoch University, students must satisfy Murdoch University English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English Language.

Undergraduate Entry Requirements (pdf)

How to apply

If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of Australia you can apply online.

Not sure if you qualify?

We offer a number of alternative entry pathways if you are from a non-traditional academic background. We'd like to talk to you about your circumstances and identify a suitable pathway.

Please contact our admissions team and let us know a little more about your situation.

Contact Us

For more information email VetAdmission@murdoch.edu.au or please contact our admissions team.

We welcome applications from students straight from school, as well as those who have already done some tertiary study. Selection is based on previous high academic performance, a personal statement outlining your motivation and aptitude for Veterinary Science, and detailing your veterinary-related work experience. You should supply official copies of your academic transcripts (in English), a curriculum vitae, and references along with your application and statement. The references should provide evidence of animal-related work, and you may also wish to include references from employers or teachers as well as any other documentation you feel will strengthen your application.

High achieving school leavers will be offered a place in the Vet Entry year at Murdoch, with a guaranteed progression to the 5 year veterinary course the following year, after successful completion of the full year of study, as explained in the course structure.

Successful applicants who have completed at least one year of university study, including the pre-requisite units or their equivalent, can be offered a place directly into the Veterinary course. Applicants who have undertaken some university study, but not completed the pre-requisite units may be offered a place in Vet Entry with a guaranteed progression into the Veterinary course the following year, provided that they successfully complete the units.

Recommended school subjects include chemistry, mathematics, biology and physics. Recommended tertiary courses and units are those that cover the cell biology and statistics pre-requisites, as well as animal and biology related units.

Applications are assessed at four times during the year, at the end of March, June, September and November. Intake is usually at the start of the university year in February.

English proficiency

In order to gain admission to Murdoch University, students must satisfy Murdoch University English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English Language.

Undergraduate Entry Requirements (pdf)

Other forms of English proficiency may be accepted.

Contact Us

For more information please email VetAdmission@murdoch.edu.au or contact the International admissions team international@murdoch.edu.au.