Dean's Scholarship for Scientific Excellence, Australia


January 05, 2017

Opportunity Cover Image - Dean's Scholarship for Scientific Excellence, Australia

Undergraduate Category

The School of Engineering and Information Technology will be competitively awarding multiple scholarships of from $6,000 to $9,000 each to domestic applicants commencing an Undergraduate course, located in the School of Engineering and Information Technology, who demonstrate a pursuit for scientific excellence.

As a Dean’s Scholar, you will have access to any research facility in the School, will be paired with an academic mentor and will be provided with additional $2,000 to help you in pursuing your own research interests. As a Dean’s Scholar, you can spend this support to travel overseas to visit research groups, with the research placements facilitated by academic mentors.
Scholarships are competitively awarded to students commencing a Murdoch University Undergraduate degree and major offered by the School of Engineering and Information Technology (as shown on the application form), with either an ATAR of 90 and above, or equivalent exceptional performance in any STEM discipline prior to applying to Murdoch University.

Five scholarships will be reserved exclusively for students applying for admission into either:

  • Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering; or
  • Environmental Engineering; or
  • Environmental Engineering and Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering (as a double major); or
  • Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering and Chemistry (as a combined degree); or
  • Environmental Engineering and Chemistry (as a combined degree)

Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

This new Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering degree focuses on the extraction of raw materials from the earth using sustainable methods.

This major will teach you about the design, commissioning and operation of engineering processes and plants. You'll learn how to harvest the mineral resources in a safe and responsible manner using the latest chemical and metallurgical processes. You will gain practical as well as theoretical training in processing techniques and develop an understanding of the organisational aspects of the resources industry.

Research in resources engineering and extractive metallurgy is a major part of our school focus. You will be taught by a vibrant group of teachers/researchers who will help you explore the challenges faced by the process industries and the need for safe and effective treatment of complex resources.

As a graduate of this course you will be well equipped to develop new technologies that are required to ensure a sustainable society.

Professional Recognition

Professional Accreditation status from Engineers Australia and Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy will be sought during 2014.

Why choose Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering?

Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering graduates enjoy a wide range of career opportunities worldwide in areas such as resources industries, research and development companies, and the consulting services sector which demand chemical engineering and mineral processing skills.

The specific job opportunities include: Metallurgist - Extractive/General; Mineral Processing Engineer; Hydrometallurgist; Pyrometallurgist; Metallurgy/Mineral Processing - Consulting; Metallurgy/Mineral Processing - Research; Chemical/Process Engineer.

Environmental Engineering

Boost your problem-solving skills with Environmental Engineering

Enjoy a global perspective as you explore how sustainable development is shaping the world today.

Learn to design systems that can change the world

Every organisation and government agency in the world needs to consider the way they manage the environment. In this course, you'll gain the ecological knowledge and engineering skills you need to design systems that manage water, energy, shelter and primary production in an ecological, sustainable and ethical way.

Explore a wide range of career options

After completing this degree, you're likely to be high in demand for roles with engineering firms, land developers, utilities, international development organisations, consulting firms and government agencies.


Chemistry is all around us and affects all aspects of our lives, from our own basic bodily responses to the very complex and dynamic compounds of the planet we live on. Chemistry is concerned with all aspects of molecules, their physical and chemical properties, their composition and structure, and their synthesis and use in the 21st century.

Within this course you will find an emphasis on chemical analysis and strong links to mineral, biological forensic and environmental sciences. These links provide cross-discipline tertiary education by combining your Chemistry degree with aspects of other scientific fields.

Chemistry underpins many industries from manufacturing to drug discovery, agriculture to criminal investigation. Chemists play leading roles in the fight against disease, discovery and utilisation of natural resources, development of environmentally friendly industrial processes, and creation of new materials for applications in nanotechnology and the space industry. Chemists are integral members of forensic investigation teams and are also widely involved in the agricultural industry in areas such as soil chemistry and crop protection.

The basic science in a Chemistry degree is relevant to a myriad of other disciplines. Combining your chemical knowledge with skills in biology, business, education, genetics, mathematics, or mineral processing means you could pursue a role in almost any industry you like.

The skills you learn whilst studying chemistry can take you on to a satisfying career in numerous fields both in and out of the lab; in fact anywhere in the world. It is not surprising to find Chemists in roles in law or accounting firms, NGOs, government policy positions at the local and international level, and even the art world. 


  • Number:
    Multiple scholarships are available.
  • Value:
    $6,000 - $9,000; plus an additional $2,000 for research purposes.
  • Closes:
    Semester 2, 2016 closes: Monday 8 August 2016, 8.00am (Australian WST).
    Semester 1, 2017 closes: Thursday 5 January 2017, 4.00pm (Australian WST).
  • Payment:
    Subject to the terms and conditions of the award being met, throughout the scholarship recipients study
    at Murdoch University, the award is paid in two equal instalments directly to the successful recipient's
    nominated bank account over two consecutive calendar years.
    In other words, for those that commence their study in Semester 2 of 2016:

          The first instalment will be paid after the Semester 2 2016 census date;
          The second instalment will be paid after the Semester 2 2017 census date.

          In the case for those who commence their study in Semester 1 of 2017:
          The first instalment will be paid after the Semester 1 2017 census date;
          The second instalment will be paid after the Semester 1 2018 census date.


  • To be eligible for the award, applicants must:
    Be a domestic student;
    Have a West Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent;
    Have received an ATAR score of 90 or equivalent result within the last 18 months from the
    closing date of the award; and
    Have applied to study a course specialising in one of the majors offered by the School of
    Engineering and Information Technology.
  • Additionally for Semester 2 applicants, you must:
    Have applied for this course directly through the MyAdmission portal, before the Semester 2
  • For Semester 1 applicants, you must:
    Have selected an eligible Murdoch University course as your first preference in TISC.
  • More info:
    Please note this scholarship does not include:
    Honours Studies (except engineering)
    Courses located outside the School of Engineering and Information Technology
    For terms and conditions, please see the application form.

Submit the completed application to

What happens next?

Applicants will be assessed based on the published eligibility criteria. If the number of eligible applications exceeds the number of awards that can be granted, award applicants will be ranked and awards made based on highest ATAR scores or IB equivalents in the first instance and then by recommended subjects followed by English competence levels.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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August 03, 2016