Kick-start your uni degree

Get a head start in your studies and join one of our Horizons Summer Schools. Run in January, the programs can strengthen your academic skills and knowledge for success at university. Interact with academics and subject matter experts, and see what university life is like first-hand through lectures, workshops, labs, and group activities.

If you’re starting Year 12 in 2023

Horizons Summer School is designed for students transitioning from Year 11 to Year 12. This is a great opportunity to get the most out of your final year of high school.

Please note this program is not running in 2023.

Why should you attend?

Horizons Summer School

  • Prepare for Year 12: Each unit will explore new perspectives, learning strategies and knowledge to assist your Year 12 studies.
  • Receive credit points towards a Murdoch degree: On completing the program, you'll receive a certificate and three points of credit towards a Murdoch University degree, which is the equivalent of one subject or unit.
  • Explore our campus: When you start university, you'll feel right at home in familiar surroundings.
  • Meet new people and study in state-of-the-art facilities: You'll work in small groups to address real-world problems under the guidance of internationally renowned lecturers and academics and receive mentoring from experienced Murdoch students.

What will you learn?

When you enrol in the Horizons Summer School, you can choose to do one of the following units:

You’ll work as a disease detective, using modern laboratory methods, equipment and research skills to explore emerging diseases. See how disease detectives investigate epidemics and solve problems to identify microbes and reduce the damage caused by disease. You’ll learn about how living conditions, changing ecosystems and travel all contribute to the spread of disease.

Study area: Science

You’ll develop a pitch for a business idea that demonstrates sustainability or social innovation. Learn how businesses can act as forces for good through national and global case studies. Using a range of creative thinking tools, including the Lean Canvas Business Model, you will develop and communicate your own innovative product or service idea.

Study area: Business

You’ll use a range of digital and non-digital platforms to create your own social media campaign for change. Discover how celebrities, social media activists, politicians and community groups use digital spaces to try and bring about change in the world. You’ll learn about theories and patterns of change and uncover strategies to bring about change in a dynamic and digital world.

Study area: Humanities & Social Sciences

Key information

 Horizons Summer School

Horizons Summer School prepares Year 11 graduates for their final year of secondary study.

Over three weeks, you’ll participate in lectures, workshops and labs to experience university life and study.

DatesThe program is not running in 2023
EligibilityAll students, domestic or international, completing Year 11 in 2022 are welcome to attend Horizons Summer School. There are no prerequisites.

*Fully funded scholarships are available to students from Murdoch RISE Schools.

How to apply

Horizons Summer School

Contact us

For more information, contact the Horizons team at