Murdoch shines in the 2021 Good Universities Guide

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The 2021 Good Universities Guide has been released, and Murdoch University continues to deliver impressive results across educational and overall experience indicators.

Murdoch University has ranked among Australia’s top universities in the 2021 edition of the Good Universities Guide, with five-star rankings in several categories across undergraduate and postgraduate educational experience.

Murdoch achieved five-star rankings in the areas of overall experience, student support, teaching quality and student to staff ratios in undergraduate education – placing it in the top 20% of all universities across Australia.

In postgraduate education, Murdoch received five-star ratings in five out of six possible categories, ranking within the top ten in Australia and number one in Western Australia for all six categories.

The University has also retained its number one position in the state for both social equity and student to teacher ratio.

Murdoch University Provost Professor Romy Lawson said the ratings reflect the University’s continued focus on providing a rich tertiary experience with a high level of support to students.

“This impressive result reflects Murdoch’s ongoing commitment to teaching excellence and to offering an outstanding learning and teaching experience for all students,” Professor Lawson said.

“The rankings prove our ethos of providing equitable and accessible opportunities to talented students from all walks of life.  

“It is particularly exciting to see Murdoch leading the way in Western Australia and across the country in many categories and study areas.”

In the overall educational experience category, four Murdoch undergraduate study areas were ranked number one in Western Australia – engineering, health services and support, nursing, and psychology (which was also ranked number one in Australia).

Murdoch’s nursing program also ranked number one in the country in terms of student support.  

Engineering, health services and support, and nursing ranked number one in Western Australia for teaching quality, while engineering, nursing and veterinary science took out top spot in the state for skills development.

Professor Lawson said she this year’s impressive results were confirmation of Murdoch’s commitment to creating future ready students.

These ratings show how Murdoch is equipping its students with the skills and expertise required to thrive in their chosen careers."   

At a subject level, postgraduate studies within the humanities, culture and social sciences achieved the highest result in WA in all categories – learner engagement, learning resources, overall experience, skills development, student support and teaching quality.  

Murdoch University ranked number one in the country for student support in postgraduate social work, science and mathematics.

In other results, Murdoch graduates in teacher education (undergraduate studies) boast the highest median salary in their field of study within Australia.

Graduates in engineering and veterinary science, as well as those in humanities, culture and social sciences, recorded the highest median salary in Western Australia for undergraduates. Postgraduate humanities, culture and social sciences graduates boast the highest median salary in the state, too.

And in engineering, humanities, culture and social sciences, and veterinary science, Murdoch show the highest rate of fulltime employment in WA.

The Good Universities Guide is based on data collected as part of the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) Student Experiences Survey and Graduate Outcomes Survey. The Guide provides independent performance ratings for every university in Australia, using student-relevant criteria including teaching quality, learning resources and graduate employment rates.

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14 Aug 2020

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