Decide what to study

As a Study Abroad or Exchange student, you can choose from hundreds of Murdoch subjects, called ‘units’. With so many different units to choose from, you’ll be sure to find something that suits your area of interest.

How many units should I enrol in at Murdoch?

You’ll probably study three or four different units each semester, with every unit worth 3 credit points.

Due to Australian Government student visa requirements, you need to enrol in at least 9 credit points per semester.

Before you apply, confirm with your home university about how you’ll receive credit for your study at Murdoch.

How do I find units?

The easiest way is to search our Handbook to find a list of units to study.

You should discuss what you intend to study at Murdoch with your home institution before you apply, and check if there are any credit approval or transfer forms you need to complete.

Our Advisors are also available to answer any questions about unit availability.

Short courses

We also offer two intensive short courses, Tropical Marine Biology, and Story Telling in Australia, both of which offer you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful places Australia has to offer.

See short courses

What will my study at Murdoch be worth back home?

Our full time study load of 9 to 12 credit points should be considered full-time at your home university.

Information for North American students

Typically, each individual Murdoch unit is weighted more compared to most North American systems.

We recommend this scale to convert Murdoch’s credit points to credits:

  • 3 credit points = 4 credits
  • 4 credit points = 5 credits

Information for European students

The ECTS value of the subject from the European institution is divided against its yearly full-time study load (i.e. 60 ECTS) and then multiplied by the yearly full-time study load at Murdoch University (i.e. 24 credit points).

  • 3 credit points = 7.5 ECTS credits
  • 4 credit points = 10 ECTS credits
  • 12 credit points = 30 ECTS credits
  • 24 credit points = 60 ECTS credits