School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

School of Veterinary and Life Sciences double majors

Five hundred years ago there was only one science, and it was called philosophy. Over time different branches of science have established themselves: physics and chemistry were recognised early on, biology spawned the science of ecology, ecology was modified to work in urban settings, and bridges were formed between disparate sciences enabling new discoveries.

Advances in science invariably arise when young scientists think outside of the box, when they think differently to what has previously been normal practice. At Murdoch University we help you think outside the box by enabling you to complete a double major. Not only will you thoroughly understand two different fields of science, but thinking across both fields will enable you to see things that others miss.  Most double majors will not take you any longer to complete or cost you any extra.

Double majors leading to Laboratory Medicine

A year-long degree in Laboratory Medicine trains and equips graduates to be familiar with the theory, procedures and requirements for working in specialist positions within medical diagnostic laboratories.

Developed by industry experts, the Laboratory Medicine program provides:

  • Extensive education, practical placements and research opportunities with clinical pathology laboratories.
  • Hands-on experience and advanced knowledge in medical diagnosis in a range of clinical units in immunology, haematology, microbiology, molecular pathology, histopathology and biochemistry.
  • High-level skills in analysis and familiarity with diagnostic procedures within a clinical pathology laboratory relevant to your areas of specialisation.
  • An authentic learning environment, including an established veterinary hospital on campus as well as several NATA-accredited diagnostic laboratories covering human, animal and environmental diagnostic testing.
  • Exposure to a strong research environment, with Murdoch having an Excellence in Research for Australia rating of 5 for immunology, medical microbiology and clinical sciences.

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Clinical Laboratory Science + Biomedical Science Double Major

Provides a strong biomedical combination that gives you breadth and flexibility in terms of careers in research and diagnosis. This double major is excellent preparation for postgraduate medicine.

Duration: 3 years or part time equivalent

Career pathways

  • Medical diagnosis
  • Medical research
  • Medical biotechnology

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Clinical Laboratory Science + Forensic Biology and Toxicology Double Major

A powerful combination that enhances your employment prospects. The forensic analytical techniques learned complement analytical techniques used in medical diagnosis.

Duration: 3 years or part time equivalent

Career pathways

  • Forensics
  • Forensic research
  • Medical diagnosis
  • Medical research
  • Medical biotechnology

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Clinical Laboratory Science + Genetics and Molecular Biology Double Major

The increasing use of DNA in medical diagnosis makes these majors a good fit, while enhancing your employment prospects in both medical diagnosis and molecular research/biotechnology.

Duration: 3 years or part time equivalent

Career pathways

  • Medical diagnosis
  • Medical research
  • Molecular research
  • Molecular and medical biotechnology

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Genetics and Molecular Biology + Forensic Biology and Toxicology Double Major

Due to the widespread use of DNA in forensic science, these complementary disciplines will enhance your career prospects. The techniques of genetic analysis are highly transportable and graduates can expect to obtain employment in a wide range of areas from agriculture to pharmaceuticals.

Duration: 3 years or part time equivalent

Career pathways

  • Forensics
  • Forensic research
  • Molecular research
  • Molecular biotechnology

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Biomedical Science + Forensic Biology and Toxicology Double Major

Combining these related disciplines enhances your employment prospects by offering you careers in professional forensics, forensic research and medical research/ medical biotechnology. The forensic knowledge and techniques learned complement related areas in biomedical science.

Duration: 3 years or part time equivalent

Career pathways

  • Forensics
  • Forensic research
  • Medical research
  • Medical biotechnology

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Biomedical Science + Genetics and Molecular Biology Double Major

This is an excellent combination for medical research as a lot of the current biomedical investigation is conducted at a molecular level.

Duration: 3 years or part time equivalent

Career pathways

  • Medical/molecular research
  • Medical/molecular biotechnology

 

Other double majors in Science

  

Marine Science + Environmental Science Double Major

This double major equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to overcome some of the world’s most pressing challenges. You will develop a strong scientific understanding of the marine, terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric components of our planet, while we guide you in exploring the interaction between people and the environment, to ensure the long-term development of sustainable ecosystems.

Duration: 3 years or part time equivalent

Career pathways

  • Environmental consulting
  • Climate change
  • Restoration
  • Natural resource management and development
  • Environmental education
  • Policy and planning in consulting firms, government & industry

  

Conservation and Wildlife Biology + Genetics and Molecular Biology Double Major

This combination of majors will put you at the forefront of conservation science, enabling you to learn the latest laboratory analyses relevant to biological conservation whilst also doing field work in each year of the degree. It opens the 'genetic black box' to determine the breeding and dispersion patterns of pests and endangered species.

Duration: 3 years or part time equivalent

Career pathways

  • Environmental consulting
  • Research scientist
  • Wildlife officer
  • Education officers
  • Wildlife forensics/pathology
  • Scientific officer

  

Crop and Pasture Science + Animal Science Double Major

Creates adaptable and innovative scientists who are equipped with the knowledge and skills for a variety of careers in the agricultural industries. Throughout this dynamic double major, you will address increasing global concern around food security and develop a deep understanding of how to feed a growing population, with a particular focus on new and emerging technologies.

Duration: 3 years or part time equivalent

Career pathways

  • Animal production
  • Cropping and pasture production
  • Cropping management
  • Agricultural services
  • Agricultural research
  • Food production
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