Thursday, 16 January 2014

How to accept your offer

Your offer into a course at Murdoch will arrive by snail mail (old fashioned post, you know, with an envelope and a stamp?) so remember to check the letterbox.

The letter will contain some important info such as your student number, which you will need to begin the process of accepting your offer, so hold onto it!

It’s important to be around at this time so you can do this yourself. If you are away you can still accept your offer from anywhere in the world where there is internet.

It’s your future so it’s better that you are in control of what’s happening instead of leaving it to someone else!

To accept, defer or reject your offer go to and use the student number in your letter to get into the system.

From here it will guide you through and you will pretty much be set up to start enrolling in units, signing up for tutes and lectures and planning your timetable! Exciting!!

Not sure you want to accept the Offer?
If you have been made an offer but are unsure if it’s what you really want to do, that’s ok!

It can be pretty stressful having to make all these decisions and finishing high school is a time when you come to a major fork in the road.

This can be scary but it is also a brilliant time in your life when you can make choices, take your own path and explore so many possibilities. Yeah, you might start travelling down one road only to find that maybe you want to try another way. No matter. Turn left at the roundabout or cross over the bridge and take yourself on an entirely new journey.

The point is don’t be afraid to make mistakes, because you can turn things around and you will learn by doing, no matter what. If it feels right, if it makes you excited, if you are interested in exploring it and giving it your best shot then go for it!

You can always come and chat to our Student Advisors – they help students all the time figure out their options and sometimes it’s just good to talk it through with someone who knows exactly what you are going through.

If you didn’t get your first preference you can wait for second round offers and then decide what to do - our trusty Student Advisors will still be around for chats ;) or if you need time to figure out if this course, or even if uni is right for you then you can defer your offer.

Didn’t get into uni? There are more ways than you think!

We want you to feel GREAT about your future and not receiving an offer doesn’t mean the end of the road for you and your dream course or career! There really, truly are more ways than one to get into uni, here are some of them:
  • Did you know you can do a Murdoch Uni Preparation Course and still be based on our main campus?
  • For some media and arts courses you can submit a portfolio instead of needing your ATAR.
  • Life experience counts! A TAFE or trade certificate can be used to enter uni.
And there are more! Drop in to our Student Centre, most students find talking to us really helps them know all their options.

Next Steps

Sunday, 27 October 2013

5 quick study tips for WACE exams

5 quick study tips for WACE exams

Your WACE exams are just around the corner. Although you’ve probably been preparing throughout the whole of Year 12 for this moment there’s still some final study to be done.

We’ve put together 5 quick tips on ‘How to study for your WACE exams’ – which don’t involve cramming the night before – that will help you get the ATAR result you want!

1. Organise your WACE subjects in lists

Preparing for WACE exams should involve planning your study time by your WACE exam timetable, and your subjects and sub-topics that need more time. Here is how we suggest you get organised:

Write a list of your WACE subjects.
Break each WACE subject down into the topics that you will need to know for the exam.
Highlight the topics that you already know and prioritise on studying the ones you don’t.
Order your subject study order based on your WACE exam timetable.

2. Plan blocks of study time

Now that you have your WACE subjects and topics listed you can put time aside to study each day. One of the most effective ways to plan study time is by arranging your day into ‘blocks’, which allows you to take breaks in between different subjects.

Book in 6 – 8 study blocks a day.
Each block should be 50 minutes long with a 10 minute break at the end.
After 3 blocks in a row you’ll need a longer break - book 45 minutes.
‘Mix up’ your subject blocks - moving from one topic to another will stop you from getting bored.

3. Pick or set-up the right study space

Once your plan is in place you’ll need the right space to make studying for your WACE exams easier and more productive. Your perfect study space should have the following:

A big desk – you’re going to need the space for all your notes and textbooks.
A comfy chair – you will be sitting for most of your sessions so make sure you’re comfortable!
Mixed lighting –a mix of natural and artificial light, such as a desk lamp, will take the strain off your eyes and ensure you don’t get headaches.

4. Get social (no, not on Facebook!)

Most tips tell you to keep active but that means more than just taking a walk; stay in touch with friends and family as well! It helps to have people to talk to about WACE stress, any subjects you are not sure about and to give you a real break from studying!

Go for a 30 minute walk – it will help clear your head and allow you to stretch out after sitting at a desk all day.
Make plans to see your friends or go out with family in between your study time, treat it as a reward for finishing a topic!
Study together! Some of your friends will probably be taking the same WACE subjects; use this as a chance to ask about something that you might not understand and offer your assistance if they are struggling with something.

5. Keep a routine

A good routine will help you get the most out of what little time you have left to study so try and stick to it.  It can take a while to set a habit, so persevere!

Go to bed and get up at the same time every day- this helps regulate how much sleep you get.
Eat regular meals and snacks - your brain can’t focus properly when you’re hungry.
Work out when you feel most productive then plan to study at that time every day.

Following these 5 simple WACE exam study tips will put you on the right track towards getting the ATAR score you want.

Need more WACE preparation help?

Read key tips from our WACE preparation seminars.
Check out past WACE exam papers.
Time management tips from our Student Learning Centre

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Key Dates for ATAR and TISC

Key Dates for ATAR and TISC
Submitting your university preferences via a TISC application is just the start of the process for applying to university.

We’ve put the key dates and processes together in one handy place to ensure that you’re across how TISC preferences and offers work, from initial TISC applications to WACE exams, ATARs, preference changes and offers.

29 September 2014

This is the closing date for on-time TISC applications. It doesn’t mean you can’t apply through TISC after this date; you will just need to pay a $130 late fee. Read our advice on filling out your TISC application.

3 November 2014

This is the date that the written exams for WACE start. More information about the practical exams can be found here. You can find a timetable of all of the exams here. Don’t forget to read our Blog for study tips on WACE exams.

25 November 2014

This is the final day of written WACE exams. Hooray!

24 December 2014

Murdoch University will break for Christmas holidays at noon, so be sure to speak to our Student Advisors for course advice  before this date.

29 December 2014

WACE 2014 results will be available online. See more information on WACE results here.

The Murdoch Student Centre will open from 8.30am – 4.30pm to offer advice on ATARs and change of TISC preferences. Call us on 1300 MURDOCH or speak to someone in person by visiting the South Street Campus.

31 December 2014

The Murdoch Student Centre will open from 8.30am – 4.30pm to offer advice on ATARs and change of TISC preferences. Call us on 1300 MURDOCH or speak to someone in person by visiting the South Street Campus.


2 January 2015
The Murdoch Student Centre will open from 8.30am – 4.30pm to offer advice on ATARs and change TISC preferences. Call us on 1300 MURDOCH or speak to someone in person by visiting the South Street Campus.

2 January 2015

This is the final date to submit a TISC application and change your preferences for the main round of offers. Subsequent applications will go into processing for second round offers.

16 January 2015

Main round offers will be sent to you by email or post. Be sure you secure a place in your course by accepting your offer here.

If you did not receive a main round offer there is the chance to change your preferences for the second round of offers. We recommend you speak to a Murdoch Student Advisor for advice on second round offers by calling 1300 MURDOCH or visiting the South Street Campus.

23 January 2015

This is the final closing date for TISC applications for Semester 1 2015. To be considered for a second round offer you need to submit an application before this deadline.

3 February 2015

Second round offers will be sent to you by email or post. Be sure you secure a place in your course by accepting your offer here.

If you did not receive a second round we recommend you speak to a Murdoch Student Advisor about alternate pathways into university by calling 1300 MURDOCH or visiting the South Street Campus.

17 February 2015

Semester 1 Orientation week and university life begins. Welcome aboard!

Remember, anyone that wants to start at Murdoch in Semester 1 2015, needs to apply through TISC between August and January, or directly with Murdoch outside of those dates.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Alternative Pathways for University

Alternative Pathways into University

Did you know that your journey to university doesn’t need to be through one single path? It’s a common misconception that people can only get in with the marks they received in their Year 12 exams; the fact is there are plenty of entry options available to both school students and non school leavers.
Whether you’re just finishing high school or have been working for a few years, Murdoch’s Student Advisors can recommend the best option to enable you to get into your dream course.
We’ve created this summary of all the different ways into an undergraduate degree at Murdoch.

School Leavers

Non school leavers

Maybe you aren’t confident that you will get the ATAR you need. There may have been circumstances that affected your studies. Or perhaps you’d benefit from a university bridging course. Our entry pathways recognise that everyone has different needs and sometimes things don’t always go as planned.


Many students may face unexpected obstacles when studying, which can affect the ATAR they end up receiving. Murdoch acknowledges this with “ATAR RISE”.

ATAR RISE is available to students from regional and diverse backgrounds.
ATAR RISE helps by boosting your selection rank by up to 10.00 points.

Find out more about ATAR RISE.

Entry Awards

We don’t always know what talents lay with an individual when they lodge a standard application; Entry Awards help us recognise students who are suitable for university, via nominations from their  high schools.

Entry Awards are available to all school leavers nominated by their school.
Awards are assessed individually and take academic and personal factors into consideration.

Further information on Entry Awards can be found here.

Media Portfolio

If you can demonstrate aptitude in the Arts then you may be interested to know that some Murdoch courses accept applications via a creative portfolio of your work, as an alternative to ATAR.

Each Arts course has different portfolio requirements.
You will still need to submit a TISC application.

Find more information about Media Portfolio entry here.

OnTrack university preparation course

If you faced major disruptions in upper school and don’t feel confident about starting a course at university, OnTrack could be for you.

OnTrack is a free, 14 week course aimed at preparing you for University.
OnTrack teaches you the study skills you need to be successful.
By completing OnTrack, you become eligible to be offered a place at Murdoch for the following semester.

To find out more about OnTrack check our program page.

Murdoch University Preparation Course (MUPC)

Perhaps Year 12 didn’t go as planned. Many people think they need to ‘repeat’ but if you already know that university is where you want to be then this is a great option.

The course is run over one year at MIT on Murdoch’s South Street Campus.
Its subjects prepare you for university study.
You can apply to transition straight to a Murdoch University course when you finish.

Find out about the MUPC here.

Indigenous programs

Murdoch University is home to the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre which has a vital role in assisting our commitment to the education of Indigenous people.

We offer pathways to university for those who haven’t attained a Year 12 level of education.
An indigenous Pre-Media program exists for those interested in undergraduate Media.
The Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre also offers other support services, such as its Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme.

Learn more at the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre.

Pathways for non school leavers

Not everyone goes into university straight from high school. In fact, over 60% of our student population is made up of non school leavers. There are plenty of ways to qualify and prepare for university, even if it’s been some time since you last studied.

Your Year 12 exams score

In W.A. or Interstate, whether it was called your “TEE”, “TER” “TES” or something else, your score can still be used to gain entry.

Provided you meet the required score, you can still use it.
ATAR scores never expire.

TAFE qualifications or previous study at University

Proof of further study can replace your ATAR or Year 12 marks.

A Certificate IV, in any subject, from TAFE qualifies you to study most undergraduate courses at Murdoch.
Completion of TAFE Diplomas or Advanced Diplomas could also give you advanced standing.
Completion of at least two units of University study qualifies you for most undergraduate courses and these never expire! These units could also give you advanced standing!

Sitting the STAT

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) applies if you are over 20, and don’t have a Year 12 score or further study.

The STAT is run by TISC throughout the year, allowing you to start in both Semester 1 or 2.
It’s a 3 hour test which Murdoch offers a preparation course for. We can provide guidance on what to expect from the STAT test.

Bridging courses

Even if all the other paths don’t apply, university is still in reach. We offer bridging courses to teach you the skills you’ll need to study successfully and gain entry into an undergraduate course.

OnTrack is a free, 14 week course that is open to school & non-school leavers. Find out more about OnTrack here.
The Murdoch University Preparation Course (MUPC) prepares you for entry in all of our undergraduate degrees. Check out the MUPC pathway here.

Indigenous programs

The Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre offers educational programs, pathways to university and support services for Indigenous people.

Programs are suitable for those who don’t have a Year 12 level of education.
Offers the undergraduate degree in Australian Indigenous Studies, open to Indigenous and non Indigenous students.
A variety of scholarships are also available.

Learn more at the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre.

Pre-Law Program

Entry into Murdoch’s School of Law degrees is extremely competitive. That’s why we offer a program that recognises potential students who have the experience and knowledge to succeed in a career in law, who may not have the necessary high school qualifications.

The Pre-Law Program runs for one evening across a Semester.

Find out more at the School of Law.

Next Steps

Try our course finder to find degrees that match your interests and personality.
Browse a complete A – Z list of undergraduate courses available at Murdoch.
Contact our Student Centre for advice on your qualifying pathway.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

How to Change Your Preferences: A Visual Guide

They say change is a good thing.

Maybe you feel like the courses you put down as your preferences for Uni back in September are not quite right anymore?

A lot of things could have changed since then. 

Maybe you are feeling really confident after sitting your exams and you think that you could aim a little higher?

Or maybe you have discovered another course  that is more ‘you’ and more in line with following what you are interested in.

Or maybe you've had a chance to weigh up all the options available to you and decided "I don't want to do course 'x' anymore, I need to do course 'z' because I think I would LOVE it!"

That’s why you get the chance to change your preferences, once before results come out and then again after first round offers if you want to go in for the second round.

It’s not hard to do, but there are some key dates you should know. That’s why we created this handy diagram, to lay it all out and hopefully make it super straightforward!

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Words from the wise: Field advice from Murdoch Alumni

Image ↬ Elizabeth Sanchez

As a student it can be hard to visualise the kind of role you are going to have when you finish your degree.  Questions such as where will this lead me, what kind of job can I get, what will I actually be doing, are commonly raging around in most students heads!

We thought that some advice on working out your path from uni to workplace would be useful to current students, so we turned to our Alumni and asked them if they could offer any insights. 

Meet Magdeline Lum, Murdoch Graduate Bsc. Chemistry, Grad Dip Extractive Metallurgy

Magdeline (Mags for short) Lum is a chemist and metallurgist on a mine site, a writer, a blogger, a science communicator, a volunteer and mentor to school students.

Mags is a lot of things.

Mags says, as a student she didn’t think about it until her final year which is when she started to look online and in newspapers to see what kind of work was available, what kind of work someone with a Chemistry degree could get.

While you don’t have to have a concrete plan in place, Mags suggests at least doing some things in your first semester to figure out if it is in fact a direction you want to go in. 

She highly recommends chatting to the employers at career expos and to sign up for vacation programs in your 2nd year over the summer months.

Mags adds that it’s important in particular if you are applying for graduate positions where applications open a lot earlier then uni graduation dates and the process is quite long. 

This leads into her next hot tip, which is useful to keep in mind not just as a new graduate, but all throughout your career:

Mags admits it can be hard to find mentors and she suggests turning to the internet. She suggests searching for people who have done things – more and more people have blogs, or find people through professional associations and networking functions.

Round up

  • Find mentors via blogs and Twitter is a great place to find people in your industry and area of interest. Also start a professional profile on LinkedIn, join industry groups and find leaders in your field of interest.

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Figuring out what you want to be when you grow up

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