You recently finished secondary education

Have you completed your secondary education within the past two years? You may be eligible to study at Murdoch.

If you're currently in Year 12, you may be eligible to apply through our Year 12 Early Offer Program.

With the exception of Nursing and Veterinary Science (which have a competitive entry), undergraduate courses at Murdoch have a guaranteed Selection Rank required for consideration. 

Your Selection Rank includes your ATAR plus any eligible adjustment factors. You'll find the minimum Selection Rank for the courses you're interested in on our course finder or on the TISC website.

To gain admission into a course at Murdoch, you will need a Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), a Selection Rank of 70 or higher (depending on your chosen course) and meet our English Language Competency (ELC) requirements. 

  • a minimum scaled score of 50% or higher in ATAR English (or equivalent), or
  • two years of VET or two years of Year 11 and 12 studied in Australia (or a combination of both), or 
  • a score of 140 or higher in the Written English Component of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT).

If you are under 20 years old you will need to formally request permission to sit the STAT.

Interstate study

If you completed high school outside of Western Australia, you will still need to meet the same entry requirements as Western Australian students. 

ATAR scores are equivalent across every state in Australia. If you have previously studied in Queensland and have an Overall Position (OP), you can have this converted to an ATAR score.

International Baccalaureate

Your International Baccalaureate can be converted to an ATAR equivalent. You’ll find the International Baccalaureate score for the courses you’re interested in on our course finder.

Overseas study

Overseas qualifications can be accepted for entry into Murdoch courses. To find out which school results are recognised and the required level for entry, you can refer to the ‘Academic Entry Requirements’ of our course pages.

Selection Rank adjustment

Murdoch RISE is a Selection Rank adjustment aimed at supporting access to university for students from rural and regional areas, low socio-economic background, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, or who are the first in their family to attend university.

It can help you get into your preferred course by increasing your Murdoch selection rank by up to 10 points, to a maximum of 90.

To be eligible for consideration, you must have completed secondary education in Western Australia with an ATAR between 55.00 and 89.95 inclusive.

You must also satisfy one of the following conditions:

  • Achieved your ATAR at a school in the RISE Schools list
  • Have a permanent home address when completing Year 12 at a postcode in the RISE Postcodes list
  • Have indicated Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent by declaring status through your TISC application or on the Indigenous indicator when applying directly.
  • Have indicated when applying via TISC or directly to Murdoch that neither of your parents’ or guardians have completed a university-level degree (i.e. you are the first in your family to attend university).

There’s no need to register for RISE. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

Download the PDF for full details.


We’re here to help, so if you need more information ask us a question or call us on 1300 687 3624.

Portfolio Entry Pathway

If you’re ready to pursue your university goals but don’t currently meet our standard admission requirements, our portfolio entry pathway could be the ideal option for you.

Eligibility can be evidenced by relevant life experience, employment, any formal qualifications or awards, and supporting professional references, directly related to your desired course. All portfolio applicants need to demonstrate English Language Competency (ELC).

Find out more about our portfolio entry pathway

You can also gain entry into a range of majors within our Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Communications or Bachelor of Creative Media courses using a media portfolio application. Majors that accept a media portfolio entry application are English and Creative Writing, Games Art and Design, Graphic Design, Journalism, Photography, Screen Production, Sound, and Strategic Communication.

Find out more about media portfolio entry.

Law Start

Law Start is an admission pathway for academically capable students who wish to study Law. Your overall ATAR score is not used as a basis for admission in this pathway. To be considered for admission via this pathway you will need to have submitted an application through TISC with Murdoch Law as your first preference

Candidates who present a strong academic application will be invited to attend and participate in a mandatory 1 day workshop at the School of Law in early December where they will be required to complete a written assessment.

Successful candidates will receive a formal offer of a place in Murdoch Law during TISC December round offers.

To be eligible to apply you must have completed one or more ATAR subjects with a strong focus on communication and essay writing skills. Acceptable subjects will include but not limited to English, English Literature, Modern History, Politics and Legal Studies.

You must have also received at least 70% in one of these subjects in your most recent Year 12 report.

Applications must include:

  1. LAW START - Ability and Aptitude Entrance Pathway - LAW START Cover Sheet
  2. A Personal Statement – maximum of 500 words outlining why you want to study Law and your experience and achievements that have prepared you for success in your future studies.
  3. Supporting documentation including;
    • Semester 2 Year 11 report
    • Year 12 mid-year report
    • You may include a one-page document that lists contributions you have made to your school community.
    • You may also choose to include copies of any certificates or prizes received in Years 10, 11 or 12.
  4. TISC Application Number

Extenuating circumstances

We understand that the intended pathway to university studies 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.

Extenuating circumstances will not be considered for direct entry into Veterinary Science.

Find out more about extenuating circumstances

Enabling courses

If you recently finished your secondary education and don’t meet the admission pathway entry requirements, we offer a number of enabling courses to help you get into Murdoch.

See enabling courses