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Murdoch University

From our beginnings as a free-thinking university to the global centre for learning, teaching, research and industry we are today, we have never lost sight of our purpose..

Murdoch University is a public university in Perth, Western Australia, with campuses also in Singapore and Dubai. It began operations as the state's second university in July 1973, and accepted its first undergraduate students in 1975. Its name is taken from Sir Walter Murdoch (1874–1970), the Founding Professor of English and former Chancellor of the University of Western Australia.

Murdoch is a verdant university and a member of the Innovative Research Universities.

Motto "Where you think  can be great"
Type Public
Established 1973


Chancellor David Flanagan
Vice-Chancellor Eeva Leinonen
Student 16,606 (2015
Locationa  Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Administrative staff
Students 39,131
Undergraduates 24,445
Postgraduates 8,150
Campus Urban
Affiliations Innovative Research Universities
Open Universities Australia
Universities Australia


In 1962, the Government of Western Australia earmarked an area of land in Bull Creek to be the site of a future, second state university. Integral to the planning of the creation of Western Australia's second university was the planning for the School of Veterinary Science, which was to be the first professional faculty of the new university.It was decided that the new university would be named after Sir Walter Murdoch, a prominent local author, philosopher, and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Western Australia. When asked if he minded a new university in Western Australia being named in his honour, he was quoted as saying, "No, but it had better be a good one."

Murdoch University was formally constituted on the 25th of July 1973. It was opened with an inauguration ceremony on the 17th of September 1974. This date was chosen as it was Sir Walter Murdoch's 100th birthday. The Governor-General of Australia, Sir John Kerr, attended the ceremony as the guest of honour. Lectures began in 1975, with 510 students enrolled for undergraduate programs.At the time, the young university was notable for its admissions policy of taking into consideration eligibility factors other than the school leaving exam results of students. Other universities later came to adopt this more holistic perspective of student eligibility for entrance into university education.

World Rankings

SUBJECT AREA 2018 Indicator Rankings
QS world 501-550
The Wur World 401-500
armu world 403-510(2007)
ERA National #30
  • The 2016 Times Higher Education World University Rankings has listed Murdoch University in the top 401-500 universities in the world.
  • Webometrics ranked Murdoch University at #753 worldwide.

More About the University

Murdoch University will adapt and grow in the free-thinking tradition from which we were born, into ongoing investments in teaching, learning and research.

Murdoch is a place where business, industry, research, students, alumni and the broader community come together to learn, innovate, and collaborate.

Available University Degree Programs:

Information Technology Programmes

  •  Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems

* After completing two years at SLIIT, students may transfer to any of the above Universities.

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