Alternative entry pathways

We know not all students follow the same path to university. If you don’t meet our standard entry requirements, you can explore a variety of alternative entry pathways to help you qualify for a course at Murdoch.

Take a university preparation course

OnTrack, FlexiTrack and OnTrack Sprint are fee-free university preparation courses that offer you an alternative entry pathway into Murdoch.

Our OnTrack pathways may suit you if:

  • You're an adult who didn't complete high school
  • You haven't studied or worked in a while
  • You don't qualify for entry through another pathway

Please note, International students studying in Australia on a Student Visa are not eligible for OnTrack.

When you successfully complete any OnTrack course, you will be eligible for an offer to study most courses at Murdoch the following semester.

Learn how you can get OnTrack with Murdoch

Sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test

If you’re at least 20 years old and don’t have any qualifications or didn’t finish high school, you can apply for entry to Murdoch by sitting the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Here’s what you need to know about the STAT: 

  • The STAT is a nationally-recognised test which assesses your abilities for learning at university. It focuses on critical thinking and reasoning skills rather than specific knowledge.
  • For entry into most of our undergraduate courses, you’ll need to achieve a STAT score of at least 140 in the Written English section and 135 in the Multiple Choice section for tests taken after February 2010. If you took the test before February 2010, you need a minimum score of 145 in both the Written English and Multiple Choice sections.
  • You can’t use the STAT to apply for direct entry to Law or Veterinary Science. Make sure you check the minimum entry requirements for your course before applying.

Register for one of our STAT preparation courses or book through TISC to sit the STAT

To find out more, download the following documents:

Pathways to vet science

If you don't meet the academic requirements for entry to Veterinary Science, you can choose to study any tertiary course, and apply with your tertiary academic performance considered, usually after one or more years of study. A recommended pathway is through Animal Science and/or Animal Health

Use your creative portfolio

Media and Creative Portfolio entry allows you to submit a portfolio of work instead of using your ATAR to gain entry into a number of our Bachelor of Arts courses. You can apply from mid-way through Year 12, even before TISC applications open. 

Find out more about portfolio entry and eligible courses

Take the pre-law path

If you want to pursue a law degree but don’t have the necessary high school qualifications for direct entry, our Pre-Law night course might be for you. If you've got the ability and desire to succeed, this program will provide you with an alternative pathway into undergraduate law at Murdoch.

Learn more about our Pre-Law program

Consider our Indigenous programs

If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, our Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre provides a number of educational pathways into undergraduate studies. 

If you haven’t received an ATAR or completed Year 12, the K-Track enabling program can help you develop the skills you need to succeed at university and get a taste of uni life. K-Track is a fee-free 14-week course which you can complete to qualify for entry to a range of Murdoch courses.

Find out more about K-Track and other Kulbardi programs

Let us know of any extenuating circumstances

We understand that your pathway to university may not be a smooth one. If your education has been compromised by genuine hardship which has meant you’ve missed out on qualifying for an undergraduate course, we’ll take your circumstances into account.

For more information, please read these documents:

Explore our partners' pathways

We partner with off-campus institutions to provide alternative entry pathways for students, including international students who do not yet meet our minimum English language requirement.

If you complete a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree with one of our partners you may also be eligible to receive credit for previous study for some of our courses. 

For more information, please visit our partner websites: 

Get ready with Murdoch Institute of Technology

If you’re applying as a domestic or international student, the Murdoch University Preparation Course (MUPC) can prepare you for entry into most of our undergraduate courses by combining learning from Australian Years 11 and 12. The course is run by the Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT).

If you need to improve your English skills before applying to Murdoch, MIT offers English courses which will allow you to apply for most courses at Murdoch without any further English qualifications.

MIT also offers diplomas in business, communication and media studies, and information and communication technology. If you successfully complete one of these diplomas, you may be able to apply directly into the second year of a Murdoch degree. 

MIT is based at our Perth campus, so you’ll have an easy transition to uni life once you’ve successfully completed your course. 

Visit the MIT website for more information

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If you’ve decided what to study and know the entry requirements for your course, take the next step and apply to Murdoch.

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