Universities in Western Australia

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The five universities in Western Australia are in or around Perth, but some have campuses that cover mining regions or areas of the far north west. 

Having all universities in Perth, despite the fact that Western Australia covers a huge area and is the largest state in this country, makes sense, considering that the population of this state is around 11% or so of the country's population and 75% of WA residents live in the state's capital city, Perth.

But with universities having campuses in many other regional places, access to tertiary study is not hindered by the main location of the five universities.

University of Western Australia 

It is one of the older Australian universities and the oldest in WA, being established in 1911. It offers many courses across the disciplines of architecture, arts, humanities, business, engineering, education, law, medicine, agricultural sciences.

Its main campus is Crawley, near the centre of Perth. Not far is the Claremont campus, which offers, among others, community oriented short courses and programs that prepare students for their uni entry.

In addition, the university has a centre in Albany for bachelor degrees in arts, education and science, and some postgraduate degrees.

University of Western Australia has many outstanding alumni, including a 2005 Nobel prize winner, Barry James Marshall, who was not only its student, but also continues to teach there.

Universities in Western Australia - Curtin

It was initially known as Western Australian Institute of Technology, as its beginnings are based on the over century old Perth Technical College, then it became Curtin University of Technology and now it is just Curtin.

Wondering why? Because its courses are not just technical, they are extremely diversified: from mining to agriculture to humanities, health and occupational therapy to business and aboriginal studies.

The main campus is in the suburb of Bentley, 6 kilometres from Perth CBD. Other campuses: 

  • Kalgoorlie, a strong mining centre 600 km away from Perth, with courses related to the main industry of the town: mining and metallurgical engineering; 
  • Margaret River, about 3 hours drive from Perth. Located in a famous wine region, the campus is home to the schools of oenology and viticulture; 
  • Northam, north of Perth, hosts the Muresk teaching farm campus with a focus on agribusiness, bioscience and environmental biology; 
  • Shenton Park, a health sciences campus with several research centres located near major hospitals; 
  • The Perth city campus is home to the Graduate School of Business and its MBA and higher degrees programs, such PhD or DBA; 
  • There are campuses in Sydney, Singapore and Malaysia. Also regional centres where local students can study towards degrees in humanities and business. These include Albany, Armadale, Esperance, Geraldton, Karratha, Midland and Port Hedland.

Universities in Western Australia - Edith Cowan Uni (ECU)

Edith Cowan University, named after the first woman elected in an Australian Parliament, is a very large school with three campuses:

  • Joondalup campus hosts the university's headquarters, 
  • Mount Lawley campus, very close to Perth CBD, 
  • South West campus, in Bunbury, south of Perth.

ECU offers over 400 courses in areas such as health, science, business, law, education, performing arts.

Its Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts has many famous Australian actors or musicians among its graduates. Just one example is Hugh Jackman. He had studied journalism at UTS in Sydney, before enrolling into acting at ECU. 

Universities in Western Australia - Murdoch

Some of the courses you can enrol at Murdoch University are: law, education, business, veterinary science, nursing, psychology.

There are three campuses in Perth:

  • in South Street: engineering, law, veterinary hospital, farm and chiropractic clinic; 
  • in the beach suburb of Rockingham, about 40 km or so south of Perth. You can get there your certificate level or tertiary level degrees; 
  • the Peel campus in Mandurah, another 40 km south of Rockingham. It is dedicated to nursing studies with access to a clinic which offers students the opportunity to practice what they learn.

Murdoch university has gone international and has opened two study centres for business and media, one in Singapore and the other in Dubai.

Universities in Western Australia - University of Notre Dame

Situated in the historic suburb of Fremantle, the University of Notre Dame Australia is a small Catholic tertiary institution. It offers a broad range of courses in arts, business, education, law, medicine, theology, philosophy, sciences. These courses are also offered at its Sydney campus. 

The university has extended its reach to the Kimberley's, in the far north west. The local students have access to vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Aboriginal studies, nursing and education at the Broome campus. 

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