Research degrees

Our higher research degrees are awarded following the completion of a major thesis, involving independent original research, under the supervision of a senior academic.

Postgraduate research qualifications are offered to students who have previously completed a master degree or a bachelor degree with first or upper second-class honours. The high quality research component of our higher research degrees solely focus on real-world problems, hence helping to provide solutions that will benefit communities, businesses and industries.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) offered at Curtin University aims to expand knowledge beyond the undergraduate honours or postgraduate level, culminating in a research thesis.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with honours, or a postgraduate diploma.

Course duration

One to two years full-time study, or part-time equivalent.

Fees

Under the Research Training Program (RTP), Australian and New Zealand citizens as well as Australian permanent residents undertaking master degrees by research are eligible for an Australian Government RTP Fee Offset Scholarship which will automatically be assessed at the point of application to a HDR course. There is no separate application process. For more information please visit the RTP Scholarship Policy website.

Applicants from overseas will need to visit the International Students page for further information regarding course fees.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and other doctoral research degrees

Doctoral research degree candidates uncover new knowledge, either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative reinterpretation of known and established ideas.

Entry requirements

A master degree, or a bachelor degree with first or upper second-class honours.

Course duration

Two to four years full-time study.

Fees

Under the Research Training Program (RTP), Australian and New Zealand citizens as well as Australian permanent residents undertaking doctoral degrees by research are eligible for an Australian Government RTP Fee Offset Scholarship which will automatically be assessed at the point of application to a HDR course. There is no separate application process. For more information please visit the RTP Scholarship Policy website.

Applicants from overseas will need to visit the International Students page for further information regarding course fees.

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