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Research vision

"Murdoch University will be a leading international research-led university pursuing excellence in select areas of knowledge production and dissemination."
Murdoch University 2012 – 2017 Strategic Plan

Murdoch University aims to create leaders, innovative thinkers, and problem solvers - people capable of tackling the most pressing regional and global challenges. We apply world-class research to real world problems, and this expertise combines to produce quality graduates capable of performing in demanding work environments.

Murdoch University is committed to translational research in four key areas:

  • Primary food production
  • Climate variation and adaptation, environmental and natural resources
  • Animal and human health and welfare
  • Social sciences including public policy, governance, communication, culture and education

Find out more about Murdoch's innovative and high quality research through the Murdoch Research Strategy (2015-2020) document (PDF).

World class research excellence

Murdoch University is a research-led university with a reputation for world class research in select areas of knowledge. 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.

The quality of Murdoch’s research was recognised by independent assessment in the Australian Research Council’s 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia survey, with 87% of our research being at or above world standard. There is excellence to be found in all parts of the University but there are particular strengths and critical mass in Medical & Health Sciences, Agriculture & Biotechnology, Physical Chemistry, Veterinary & Fisheries Science, Bioinformatics, Asian Politics & Governance and Digital & Printed Media.

Murdoch University is a member of the Innovative Research Universities group of Australia - a network of six research intensive universities established in the 1970s conducting research of national and international standing, as well as maintaining a collaborative network to enhance the outcomes of higher education.

IRU in Asia: Meet the Researchers

Research Outlook: China Focus

Over the past two decades, Murdoch University has actively engaged with China’s universities and research institutes to establish several joint research centres to undertake a variety of projects that are of significance to both Australia and China.

One example of this is the Australia-China Centre for Wheat Improvement (ACCWI), which aims to increase Australian wheat marketability in China by improving the quality attributes for producing Chinese domestic food products.

This publication (PDF) provides an overview of the University’s China engagement activities as well as showcasing the myriad of research expertise, which has represented Murdoch’s interests in China over the past two decades.

Download the Research Outlook:China Focus.

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