Murdoch University is a research-based university with comprehensive disciplinary coverage and a strong commitment to innovation and an inter-disciplinary focus. It is a medium-sized institution with an outstanding reputation in teaching and with a strong, intensive research profile. It has achieved a Five Star Good Universities Guide rating for good teaching 10 out of the last 11 years. It ranks 8th in Australia for competitive block research grants income per EFT of research-active academic staff.
Murdoch University has also been rated the best teaching campus of all Australia's public universities by an independent national survey of university graduates.