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Alternative entry pathways

At Murdoch, we offer a range of alternative entry pathways to help you qualify and apply for an undergraduate course if you don’t currently meet the standard requirements outlined on the course pages.


We recognise that not all students have the same opportunities to help them achieve their academic potential and may have had some additional hurdles along the way.

Murdoch’s ATAR RISE is designed to help a wide range of students from regional and diverse backgrounds gain university entry through a boost to their Selection Rank for Murdoch by up to 10.00. This will automatically be added through TISC to your final ATAR score so you don’t need to do anything.

To find out more information and if you’re eligible for RISE call 1300 MURDOCH (1300 687 3624) or download the following documents.


The OnTrack courses are free university preparation courses that provide alternative entry pathways into Murdoch University.


The OnTrack Program is a free 14-week course that enables participants to qualify for entry to university and prepares them to start studying a university-level degree.

The OnTrack preparation course supports people who haven’t studied in a while, didn’t get an ATAR or an ATAR qualifying for entry to university, or have experienced educational disadvantage, financial hardship or disability or a chronic medical condition.

OnTrack Sprint

The OnTrack Sprint program is a free 4-week course that enables school leavers to prepare for university-level study and be eligible to start a degree at Murdoch.

OnTrack Sprint is designed for students who have completed Year 12 in the last 18 months and achieved ATARs between 60.00-69.95, or over 70 with a scaled score of 45-50 in ATAR English or English Literature.

OnTrack Sprint is also for school leavers who have completed a Certificate IV and can demonstrate English competency.

To find out more visit the OnTrack website – or contact the OnTrack team by calling (08) 9360 2609 or emailing


A Diploma or Advanced Diploma*^ will make you eligible for admission into most of our courses, and you may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

* Excludes Law, Psychology Honours or Veterinary Science.

^ If you are a school leaver who has completed a Certificate IV during high school please refer to the OnTrack Sprint section on this page. You will also need to meet English Competency and WACE requirements.

Extenuating Circumstances

We understand that the intended pathway to University study doesn’t always go to plan. For this reason, Murdoch University will consider applications from prospective students whose education has been compromised due to genuine hardship, resulting in them falling short of admissions requirements for an undergraduate course.

To find out more information, including how to apply for consideration due to extenuating circumstances, please download the following documents.

Indigenous programs

Murdoch’s Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre provides a number of educational pathways into both pre-tertiary and undergraduate studies.

To find out more visit the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre website or call 08 9360 2128.

Media & Creative Portfolios

Media and Creative Portfolio entry allows you to submit a portfolio of work instead of using your ATAR score to gain entry to a number of majors in the Bachelor of Arts courses.

Visit the Media portfolio entry pathway for more details and a list of courses.

The Murdoch University Preparation Course (MUPC)

This course prepares students for entry into all undergraduate degree courses at Murdoch University by combining learning from Australian Years 11 and 12. Run by the Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT) at our South Street campus, you’ll be able to make an easy transition to uni life once you’ve successfully completed the course.

For more information, visit the MIT website or call 08 9360 1700.

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