Teaching areas

Curtin is divided into five discipline-based study areas, dedicated to teaching and research. These include:

Centre for Aboriginal Studies

The Centre for Aboriginal Studies aspires to contribute to positive social change for Indigenous Australians through higher education and research.

Curtin has the highest number of indigenous students of any university in Australia. The Centre for Aboriginal Studies is actively engaged in educating indigenous and non-indigenous people about the diverse and rich cultural history of Indigenous Australian people, and the social and political issues that affect and concern them.

The Centre for Aboriginal Studies’ courses focus on giving graduates the skills, abilities and cultural awareness needed when working within both the indigenous and non-indigenous community.

Some of the centre’s postgraduate courses are offered exclusively to indigenous people, while others are intended to educate non-indigenous people about indigenous culture and contemporary society.

What graduates are doing

Graduates from the Centre for Aboriginal Studies are making significant contributions towards strengthening and empowering Indigenous Australian communities. They go on to forge successful careers in indigenous health, community management and development, education and a range of other industries.

Research and development

The centre offers research-based higher degrees that develop research skills and advance knowledge in the area of indigenous research and development. The programs encourage and support research approaches that facilitate indigenous participation and direction, and research activities that provide direct benefit to indigenous communities involved.

Faculty of Business and Law

The Faculty of Business and Law comprises of Curtin Law School and Curtin Business School; which ranks in the top ten business schools across Australia. It stands at the forefront of contemporary debate and analysis and strategic forecasting.

Our innovative, practical teaching delivers leading-edge business knowledge producing highly sought-after graduates.

Curtin Business School (CBS) is the largest of our study areas and one of the most comprehensive business teaching facilities in Australia. CBS has earned a strong international reputation as a school that has consistently educated and developed industry ready professionals for the global business community.

CBS is made up of four discipline-based schools offering specialised undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs in their discipline area as well as facilitating cross-discipline opportunities.

Curtin Law School (CLS) aims to provide a transformative legal education, professionally focussed, aimed at producing law graduates capable of judgement based on ethical and professional standards, deep discipline knowledge, international perspectives, and a strong understanding of the Rule of Law.

Each school has an advisory board consisting of business leaders to ensure their courses remain relevant and closely aligned with the direction of their specific industry. Where relevant, courses include work placements, study tours and industry programs within an actual business environment.

The courses offered are designed, wherever possible, to conform to the membership standards of the relevant professional bodies that students are likely to become associated with after graduation.

What graduates are doing

Our programs equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to pursue a variety of careers as accountants, economists, lawyers, marketers and managers, in fields such as human resources, tourism, real estate and sport administration.

Research and development

Our faculty’s focus is on applied research that produces substantial benefits for both business and the general community and contributes to the economic and social growth and development. The faculty actively conducts research that is expanding the frontiers of knowledge in the business and legal environment.

Faculty of Health Sciences

Curtin’s Health Science graduates strive to find solutions for today’s national and international health issues.

The Faculty of Health Sciences offers internationally valued degrees and a supportive, student-focused learning environment that add up to a great foundation for a career in the areas of clinical sciences, population health sciences and life sciences.

The faculty provides discipline-based undergraduate health courses that are well integrated with the professions in which graduates work. Many staff are actively involved in practice and numerous leading professionals from the health care sector contribute to teaching health courses at Curtin.

Most health professionals see postgraduate study within the faculty as an investment in their professional future. Health Sciences offers a range of professional master courses to enable health professionals to update their theoretical base and learn advanced skills.

What graduates are doing

Career opportunities are many and varied, with graduates finding employment in health agencies, research centres, public health institutions, administration or private practice.

Many of the Faculty’s health courses are designed in collaboration with professional bodies in order to ensure they prepare students well for graduate practice. Where relevant, courses are accredited by professional bodies so that Curtin health graduates are eligible to apply for registration as health practitioners or to join professional associations.

Research and development

The Faculty of Health Sciences is continually exploring innovative solutions to health problems through strong links with professional bodies and industry. The majority of staff are involved in cutting-edge researchand many leading health practitioners are involved in teaching, ensuring that there is strong integration of theory, research and practice.

The establishment of the multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, the first of its kind in Australia, brings together Curtin’s excellent health researchers to work with industry partners, government and the wider community. The institute will revolutionise the education of our health professionals, focusing on inter-professional education programs and research opportunities while providing vital clinical practice opportunities which will enhance student learning and experiences.

Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities offers flexibility, a broad knowledge base, the ability to communicate your ideas effectively, experience in teamwork and skills in self-reliance.

The Faculty of Humanities offers undergraduate courses in Built Environment, Design and Art, Media and Communication, Education, Asian Languages and Social Sciences. While the range of degrees is quite diverse, all are comprehensive, flexible, multi-skilled, forward-thinking and practical.

Humanities offers a diverse range of postgraduate programs from Project Management, International Relations, Sustainability and Urban and Regional Planning, through to Education, Art, Librarianship and Information Management, Journalism, writing and performance. There is a strong practical emphasis in all these programs.

The faculty delivers courses that combine practicality and industry focus with innovation and creativity. Programs are offered in a variety of study modes that reflect innovative approaches to teaching and incorporate information technology to maximise student learning outcomes.

What graduates are doing

Humanities degrees from Curtin give students a solid foundation for their future careers, be it as architects, teachers, designers, journalists, planners, writers, producers or artists. Humanities courses have been proven to produce graduates with the highest levels of creative and critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills, which are transferable across all occupational fields.

In 2017, Journalism graduate Rebecca Johns won the title of West Australian Journalist of the Year 2017 for her shared coverage of the Kalgoorlie riots.

Curtin graduate Brendan Seals works as a visual effects sequence supervisor. Blockbuster superhero movies are part and parcel of his daily job.

As the winner of both the National Emerging Architect Prize and the Delux Study Tour in 2015, Nic Brunsdon’s prizes signify his outstanding achievements. He owns two successful businesses in Perth: Spacemarket, an urban program that pairs disused spaces with useful people, and POST, a social architecture design practice.

Doctor of Science Education graduate, Dr Susan Barkdoll, was awarded Curtin’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She has 30 years of science education experience, from kindergarten to university level in San Bernardino, California.

Research and development

Research in the Faculty of Humanities is innovative, applied and relevant, and is frequently conducted in partnership with government and industry. The Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute seeks to develop innovative solutions to the major sustainability issues facing the community and businesses today.

Other research groups specialise in community development in Asia and the Pacific, creative technologies and Australian culture, providing elegant solutions to complex problems and a deeper understanding of Australia and surrounding regions.

Faculty of Science & Engineering

Western Australia, with its abundance of natural resources, represents one of the world’s most important producers and Curtin is committed to becoming a leader in both education and research in the field of science and engineering.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering aspires to be nationally and internationally recognised as a leader in engineering, science and computing education and research. It is the most geographically diverse of all faculties at Curtin, with campuses located at Bentley in Perth, as well as throughout Western Australia’s agricultural and mining regions. The areas of education and research the faculty embraces represent key areas of the state’s economy, in particular the energy and resources sector.

The faculty is highly regarded for its teaching and research in a full range of science and engineering disciplines. It is a partner in five Federal Government funded cooperative research centres and eight Western Australian State Government Centres of Excellence. It is also a partner in a National Key Centre and a Special Research Centre.

What graduates are doing

A science or engineering degree is a pathway to local and international careers that are interesting, diverse and rewarding. Graduates of the faculty become astronomers, chemical engineers, material scientists, surveyors and cartographers, software developers, entrepreneurs, environmental biologists, wine makers, medical imaging scientists and more.

Research and development

Research programs are available at the master and doctoral level across all schools within Science and Engineering. The faculty is committed to providing cutting-edge research to the world market through strong ties with other universities, research groups and industry, with support from the Australian Research Council. In addition to this collaboration, the faculty’s strength in research is underpinned by its outstanding research centres.

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