School of Engineering and IT

School of Engineering and Information Technology Double Majors

Discoveries in physics, chemistry, mathematics and statistics have been expanding our understanding of the world. This fundamental knowledge informs and enables new developments in engineering and information technology, which in many ways shape the way we live. All these areas are advancing rapidly, often in response to increasingly complex problems facing the world.

The solution of these complex problems usually requires crucial knowledge from more than one discipline area. In order to help train the multidisciplinary leaders of the future, Murdoch University has developed a range of targeted double majors. These double majors will give you the skills for interesting careers, the flexibility to go wherever your career takes you, and, importantly, the unique breadth of knowledge needed to tackle the complex problems ahead of us all.

The School of Engineering and Information Technology has three parts – physical & mathematical sciences, engineering and information technology – each with five or more majors which can be combined to produce a tailored course that suits your needs.

Science Double Majors (3 Years)

In the School of Engineering and Information Technology, the physical & mathematical sciences comprise the five majors: chemistry, mineral science, physics & nanotechnology, mathematics & statistics and engineering technology. For each major, the curriculum has been developed in close consultation with university and industry experts to provide students with knowledge, insight and skills in the area, and also the ability to transfer the skills to other areas.

By choosing to combine two majors in a double major, you will broaden your knowledge base and have an edge in finding employment and succeeding in your chosen career. This career may be one where you will be tackling the complex problems mentioned above. The structure of the majors is such that in most cases it is possible to complete a double major in 3 years full-time. Popular double major combinations are shown below.

 View more about Chemistry + Physics & Nanotechnology Chemistry Physics & Nanotechnology

Chemistry + Physics and Nanotechnology

Chemistry and physics underpin our modern technology and are at the cutting edge of nanoscience and nanotechnology. This double major combines applied chemistry with classical and modern physics to provide the background for working in the rapidly developing area of nanoscience and nanotechnology. You will explore mechanics and waves, quantum theory, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, kinetics, surface phenomena, preparation and the chemistry/electrochemistry of new materials for application in renewable energy, energy storage batteries and capacitors and nanotechnology.

Career Pathways:

  • At the forefront of research, teaching, the arts, and business
  • Law and health sciences, accounting firms
  • NGOs, banking, government policy positions at the local/international level
  • Engage with industry and community relevant problems
  • Quality control, health and medical physics
  • Meteorology, astronomy, renewable energy
  • Ocean science, environmental science
  • World-wide employment

View more about Chemistry + Mineral Science Chemistry Mineral Science

Chemistry + Mineral Science

This combination of majors will assist you to lead the discovery and utilisation of natural resources, and the development of sustainable industrial processes for the production of metals and value added commodities important for the Australian and world economy. The double major will also consider new materials for applications in modern technology including renewable energy and nanotechnology, material for low energy consumption facilitating low carbon emission and recycling of secondary resources for metal recovery.

Career Pathways:

  • At the forefront of research, teaching, the arts, and business
  • Law and health sciences, accounting firms
  • NGOs, banking, government policy positions at the local/international level
  • Engage with industry and community relevant problems
  • Mineral processing and metal extraction plants and laboratories
  • Plant/project metallurgists, mill superintendents, operations managers
  • Management consulting
  • World-wide employment

 View more about Engineering Technology + Chemistry Engineering Technology Chemistry

Engineering Technology + Chemistry

This double major focuses on training Engineering Technologists with a focus on chemistry to assist you to bridge science and engineering disciplines. You will gain practical experience and have the opportunity to engage with the industry and community on relevant problems. Careful selection of units will enable you to develop your skills in a range of engineering disciplines, such as chemical engineering, which contribute to the Australian and world economy.

Career pathways:

  • Engineering technologists
  • Instrumentation and control
  • Industrial computer systems
  • At the forefront of research, teaching, the arts and business
  • Law and health sciences, accounting firms
  • NGOs, banking, insurance
  • Government policy positions at the local/international level
  • Engage with industry and community relevant problems
  • Management consulting
  • World-wise employment

 View more about Physics & Nanotechnology + Mathematics and Statistics Physics & Nanotechnology Mathematics and Statistics

Physics and Nanotechnology + Mathematics and Statistics

This natural combination will provide you with an understanding of the important principles and processes in physics, while also covering mathematical methods and modelling that underlie the physics. It will give you the background required for higher level work in instrument design and manufacture, industrial and environment modelling, meteorology, oceanography, astronomy, material science and nanotechnology, medical imaging and biophysics.

Career pathways:

  • High tech manufacturing industry
  • Bureau of meteorology
  • Government policy and consulting
  • Teaching at secondary and tertiary level
  • Research in physics, and mathematics and statistics

 View more about Chemistry + Mathematics & Statistics Chemistry Mathematics & Statistics

Chemistry + Mathematics and Statistics

This combination provides you with a thorough understanding of chemistry, both theoretical and practical, together with the mathematical methods and modelling that underlie chemistry theory and the statistical skills needed to analyse complex chemical data. It gives students the background required for higher level work in resource assessment; chemical, metallurgical and other industrial processing; environmental monitoring; chemical forensics; and material science.

Career pathways

  • Minerals, chemical and manufacturing industry
  • Government laboratories
  • Government policy and consulting
  • Teaching at secondary and tertiary level
  • Research in chemistry, and mathematics and statistics

 View more about Computer Science + Mathematics and Statistics Computer Science Mathematics and Statistics

Computer Science + Mathematics and Statistics

With recent advances in technology, there has been an explosion in the amount of data collected just about everywhere. Patterns in this “Big Data” can be put to a number of uses, most of which remain to be discovered. This combination of majors will provide you with the tools and techniques that are needed to manage, process and analyse such data in diverse areas such as biomedical sciences, health care, earth sciences (e.g. climate science), the mining industry, business (customer relationship management) and finance.

Career pathways:

  • Biomedical and health sector
  • Mining and mineral processing
  • Business and finance analytics
  • Government policy and consulting
  • Teaching at secondary and tertiary level
  • Research in computer science, and mathematics and statistics

 

Information Technology Double Majors (3 Years)

The School of Engineering and Information Technology recognises that for Information Technology graduates to succeed, they require a skill set that integrates technical, organisational and communication skills. The School has responded with innovative, dynamic and industry-relevant curricula and offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses for future and existing information technology professionals, both in Perth and transnationally in Singapore and Dubai. Our majors include Cyber Forensics and Information Security, Games Technology, Internetworking and Security, Mobile and Web Application Development and Games Software Design and Production, in addition to Business Information Systems and Computer Science majors. 

Our courses focus on providing students with the technical knowledge and competencies for a successful information technology career.  Our undergraduate majors all include a common core that supports course flexibility, enabling you to add majors easily. All of our majors can be taken as part of a double major, usually within 3 years full time, giving you a competitive advantage in your career.

   Business Information Systems Cyber Forensics and Information Security

Business Information Systems + Cyber Forensics and Information Security

Digital security has emerged as one of the major risks in the 21st century.  This double major provides the organisational context and information systems skills to design and manage secure information technology solutions.  You will gain skills in the areas of the analysis, design and implementation of information technology solutions that enhance organisation performance, and in the implementation and investigation of cyber security. Career opportunities exist in a wide variety of domains, including business, health care, government and non-profit organisation, law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and defence.

Career pathways:

  • Business Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • ICT Consultant
  • Security Specialist
  • Computer Forensic Investigator

   Business Information Systems Internetworking and Network Security

Business Information Systems + Internetworking and Network Security

The strong combination of business and information analysis and design with applied network design skills offers students the flexibility to seek employment as specialists in either field.  You will gain skills in the analysis, design and implementation of IT solutions that enhance organisational performance, and in the design and management of the networks that underpin them. Career opportunities exist in business, health care, government and non-profit organisations. The course emphasises real world application of your skills and many of the units are designed to prepare you for industry certification exams such as the Cisco Certified Network Associate and Professional (CCNA / CCNP).

Career pathways:

  • Business Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • ICT Consultant
  • Network Engineer
  • Network and Security Architect
  • Systems Administrator

   Computer Science Games Technology

Computer Science + Games Technology

Provides a strong combination of computer science and software engineering skill sets required for designing and implementing computing solutions to real-world problems with a special focus on interactive 3D visualisation and simulation software development.  Career opportunities as software engineers or developers are in a wide range of government and private industry sectors: ICT; banking and financials; health and pharmaceuticals; visualisation and simulations; software consultancies; aerospace, defence and security; games and digital entertainment; resources and mining

Career pathways:

  • Software Engineer
  • ICT Manager
  • Network Programmer
  • Gameplay Programmer
  • Game Designer
  • Systems Designer
  • Web Designer/Developer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Software Tester
  • Software & Apps Programmer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Analyst Programmer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Project Manager
  • ICT Consultant
  • ICT Architect
  • CTO

   Computer Science Mobile Web Application Development

Computer Science + Mobile Web Application Development

These two majors provide a strong combination of computer science and software development skills required for designing and implementing computing solutions for real-world problems, particularly in the rapidly evolving cloud, mobile and web application development. Career opportunities as software developers exist in a wide range of government and private industry sectors: ICT; e-commerce; banking and financials; health; software consultancies; marketing and advertising; publishing; travel and tourism; resources and mining.

Career pathways:

  • Web Designer/Developer
  • Mobile Applications Developer
  • Software Developer/Engineer
  • Software & Apps Programmer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Analyst Programmer
  • Database Administrator
  • Developer Programmer
  • ICT Manger
  • ICT Consultant
  • ICT Architect
  • Systems Administrator
  • Project Manager

   Internetworking and Network Security Cyber Forensics and Information Security

Internetworking and Network Security + Cyber Forensics and Information Security

Digital security has emerged as one of the major risks in the 21st century. Whether you see yourself working a professional services firm, helping clients to deal with cyber security, or designing the next generation of networks for a service provider, the combination of applied network design skills and a highly developed background in digital security and forensics offers students the flexibility to seek employment as specialists in either field. The course emphasises real world application of your skills and many of the units are designed to prepare you to sit for industry certification exams such as the Cisco Certified Network Associate and Professional (CCNA / CCNP).

Career pathways:

  • Network Engineer
  • Network and Security Architect
  • Systems Administrator
  • Security Specialist
  • Computer Forensic Investigator

   Mobile and Web Application Development Games Software Design and Production

Mobile and Web Application Development + Games Software Design and Production

Provides a strong combination of mobile and web application development with visual content creation skills required for designing and implementing computing solutions to real-world problems with a special focus on mobile application development, web application development; 3D digital modelling and animation, game design and user interface design. Career opportunities as software developers are in a wide range of government and private industry sectors: ICT; games and digital entertainment; e-commerce; advertising; publishing; building and construction; travel and tourism.

Career pathways:

  • 3D Developer/Modeller
  • 3D Animator
  • Mobile Applications Developer
  • Software Developer/Engineer
  • Game Designer
  • Web Designer/Developer
  • Software & Apps Programmer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Analyst Programmer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Project Manager

Engineering Double Majors (4 Years)

Electrical Power Engineering + Renewable Energy Engineering
Electrical Power Engineering Renewable Energy Engineering

Electrical Power Engineering + Renewable Energy Engineering

Instrumentation and Control Engineering + Industrial Computer Systems Engineering Instrumentation and Control Engineering Industrial Computer Systems Engineering

Instrumentation and Control Engineering + Industrial Computer Systems Engineering

Electrical Power Engineering + Industrial Computer Systems Engineering Electrical Power Engineering Industrial Computer Systems Engineering

Electrical Power Engineering + Industrial Computer Systems Engineering

Murdoch University offers 4 majors in the discipline of Electrical Engineering: Electrical Power, Instrumentation and Control, Industrial Computer Systems and Renewable Energy. The first two years are common for all four of these majors. In years 3 and 4, each major includes 5 core units and 5 electives. Students can choose to take all the core units of a second major as their elective units, which will enable them to graduate with a double major. The choices shown above represent the 3 most popular combinations of double majors but any two from the 4 can be combined.

Most students who have taken an electrical engineering major choose to take a second major, since a double major provides students with much wider career opportunities after graduation.

 

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