You have work and life experience

If you haven’t completed your secondary education in the past two years and have no Vocational Education and Training (VET) or higher education, you may still be eligible to study at Murdoch.

Past secondary education results

Even if it’s been a while since you finished Year 12, your exam results are valid indefinitely. Scores obtained since 1992 can be converted to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) using the TISC ATAR calculator.

Your ATAR represents your rank among all Year 12 students in Western Australia as calculated by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC). ATAR is based on your Tertiary Entrance Aggregate (TEA) and some other factors also detailed on the TISC website.

Selection Rank pathway

With the exception of Nursing and Veterinary Science, undergraduate courses at Murdoch have an admission pathway based on a minimum Selection Rank required for consideration.

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

Selection Rank adjustment

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment aimed at supporting access to university for students from regional, low socio-economic, or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

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

To be eligible for consideration, you must have completed secondary education in Western Australia with an ATAR between 60.00 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.

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.

If you’re unsure whether you have an ATAR, whether you are eligible for Murdoch RISE, or you just want to have a chat about your situation before you apply, you can ask us a question.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test

If you’re at least 20 years old by the 1st March in the year you wish to commence study, you can apply for entry to Murdoch by sitting the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

The STAT is a nationally recognised test which assesses your abilities for learning at university. In Western Australia you can sit the STAT by booking through the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

If you are not 20 years old by this time you can contact Murdoch Admissions who will help you get permission to sit the test.

To apply for admission into most of our undergraduate courses, you’ll need a STAT score of at least 140 in the Written English section and 135 in the Multiple Choice section.

If you took the STAT before February 2010, you need a minimum score of 145 in both the Written English and Multiple Choice sections.

You cannot use the STAT to apply for entry to Law or Veterinary Science. Check the available admission pathway entry requirements for the course you are interested in on our course finder.

Mature Age Pathway

If you don't meet the academic entry requirements to be admitted to a course but have relevant work and life experience for your chosen field of study then the Murdoch's Mature Age Pathway is for you.

This involves an interview and a portfolio submission (a recent CV and 500 word personal statement) to be assessed by the Academic Chair of the course.

You will need to apply for the Mature Age Pathway at least 2 weeks prior to the start of semester. This pathway is not available for direct entry to Chiropractic Science, Veterinary Science, Nursing, Engineering and Law courses.

For more information about mature age entry, email our Domestic Admissions team.

Portfolio Entry Pathway

Have you got a range of skills and knowledge you feel will enable you to be successful in your chosen degree?

Our portfolio entry pathway enables you to demonstrate your readiness to study and succeed at Murdoch based on your strengths and motivations within the related school curriculum, extracurricular activities, or relevant work and life experience.

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, Strategic Communication and Theatre and Drama.

Find out more about media portfolio entry.