Choose your TISC preferences

Having trouble picking the right TISC preferences? We've answered some of the most common questions we receive from students about TISC, including helpful tips for deciding your six preferences.


Should my first preference be realistic or aspirational?

It’s best to put down what you’d most like to do as your first preference, regardless of the required ATAR score. If you don’t make your first preference, you’ll still get an offer in the first round of offers, it’ll just be what you next qualify for in your list. If you play it safe, you may get stuck with a course you don’t really want to do and risk missing out on the course you do want.

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How do I maximise my chances of getting into my dream course?

If you have your heart set on one course, a great option is to fill up your lower preferences with courses that can lead into it as a pathway.

For example, if you want to be a vet, your first preference should be Veterinary Science. However, it’s possible to transfer to vet after you have completed a year of science at Murdoch, so you could choose courses such as Animal Science or Animal Health for your lower preferences.

This way, if you miss out on your first preference you can start out studying in a related field before moving into the course you want to do, keeping you on the right path to your chosen career.

What if I don’t get into my preferred course?

As a safety measure, choose a course that you’re pretty sure you can get into as one of your lower preferences, to reduce the risk of missing out completely. It’s easy to change courses (or even universities!) once you’ve started at university, especially if you do well in your first semester.

If you miss out on securing a place at university, don’t worry! Murdoch offers a range of free enabling courses that allow you to apply directly to Murdoch for admission into any course that has a minimum Selection Rank of 70.

What do I do if I have multiple interests?

For students with multiple interests, it’s handy to know you may be able to add a second major to your course after you have been accepted for one major. For instance, you could combine Games Art & Design with a business major to broaden your career opportunities.

You can apply for a double major through MyAnswers, once you’ve been accepted into Murdoch for your original course.

What do I do if I need help?

If you want to talk about your TISC preferences or find out more about which of our courses lead to other study pathways, get in touch with us on 1300 687 3624 or visit our Student Centre on the Murdoch University Campus.

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