Applying with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Entry and eligibility

Curtin University welcomes applications from International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students. Domestic IB students are eligible to apply if they have:

The following programs of study, including innovative double degree programs are available at Curtin:

Indicative IB scores of 24 and above* Courses you can apply for with an IB score of 24 and above

**Innovative double degree progams

High achieving IB students with scores above 24 are also encouraged to apply for more selective programs, subject to meeting course prerequisites and English requirements:

*Indicative scores and are subject to change

If you have not met Curtin’s entry requirements for your desired course, Curtin offers a range of bridging courses which are tailored to suit specific types of students.

Scholarship opportunities

IB diploma students are eligible to apply for scholarships at Curtin as part of Curtin’s commitment to rewarding academic excellence, supporting research and enabling students from all backgrounds to realise their potential.

Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

Subject to individual assessment, CRL for courses within the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma toward certain Curtin award programs may be possible. Dependent on the Curtin course you enter, Curtin may grant specified or unspecified credit points for the completed programs listed below if a grade of 6 or above is achieved in the IB Diploma program. IB Diploma Program Courses that are Standard (S) or High Level (HL) are acceptable for CRL application, unless specified in the table as (HL).

IB Diploma ProgramCRL Credit PointsCurtin Units
Physics (HL)25 creditsSpecified credit for PHYS1005 Physics 1
Chemistry (HL)25 creditsSpecified credit for CHEM1000 Principles and Processes in Chemistry
Economics25 creditsExemption for ECON1000 Introductory Economics
Economics and Business Management50 creditsExemption for ECON1000 Introductory Economics (25 credits) and one unspecified elective (25 credits)
Mathematics (HL)25 creditsSpecified credit for MATH1015 Linear Algebra
Psychology (HL)25 creditsSpecified credit for PSYC1000 Introduction to Psychology
History50 creditsSpecified credit for HIST1000 Legacies of Empire (25 credits, Semester 1) and INTR1001 Australia and Asia transformed (25 credits – Semester 2)
Global Politics25 creditsSpecified credit for INTR2000 International Relations Theory and Practice
Information Technology in a Global Society25 creditsSpecified credit for NET1001 Web Communications
Language and Literature25 creditsSpecified credit for CWRI1003 Narrating Selves – assessed at time of enrolment to confirm appropriate AGF level for Curtin program entry
Geography25 creditsSpecified credit for GEOG1000 Human Geography
Biology25 creditsSpecified credit for BBCB1000 Cell Biology
Design Technology25 creditsSpecified credit for GRDE1006 Digital Design Process offered for Animation and Game Design major. All other single Arts majors receive 25 credits for elective unit.
Biology (HL) and Sports, Exercise and Health Science (HL)25 creditsSpecified credit for HUMB1000 Human Structure and Function – contingent on high performing IB students who complete both programs

* Credit is subject to assessment against course learning outcomes

Applications and admissions

Domestic IB Diploma candidates

Semester One intake:

Australian citizens and permanent residents of Australia should apply for Semester One intake admission through the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Semester Two intake:

Australian citizens and permanent residents of Australia should apply for Semester Two intake admission by submitting an application to Curtin University.

International IB Diploma candidates

Curtin University welcomes applications from International IB students who may apply directly to Curtin via the online application service.

Have any questions about courses, admission criteria, bridging and enabling courses or anything else Curtin related? We can answer it.