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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.

Securing the Future

Murdoch University is uniquely located in a fast-growing city, on the doorstep of a burgeoning Asian region and the coming decades will present both challenges and opportunities in a world where higher education has gone ‘global’.

The “Securing the Future” document will highlight a number of initiatives that are already set in motion with the goal of further enhancing the quality and reputation of the University. The initiatives involve world-class research at the University across a range of disciplines and our research effort continues to focus on key areas of research reflecting national and international priorities.

Download the “Securing the Future” 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.

We are recognised as one of Australia's leading research institutions with over two thirds of our research effort being recognised as at world standard or better by independent assessors in the Australian Research Council Excellence in Research Assessment (ERA). 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.

In 2012 Murdoch was one of only two Western Australian Universities to be listed in the 2012-2013 'Top 400' of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and also placed in the top five per cent of universities globally in the 2012-2013 QS World University's World Rankings.

Murdoch University is also a member of the Innovative Research Universities group of Australia - a collection of young, vibrant research universities created in the 1970s.