Postgraduate coursework and Higher degree by research English admission criteria

You are required to satisfy Curtin University’s English language proficiency for postgraduate by coursework and higher degree by research courses through one of the following ways:

Tertiary qualifications

Undertaken in Australia

Successful completion of one semester full-time (equivalent to 0.5 EFTSL) of an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree level study at a recognised university in Australia.

Undertaken outside of Australia

The following options must have been taught in English outside of Australia:

  • Successful completion of at least one semester full-time or equivalent of an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree level study at a recognised University in New Zealand, Republic of Ireland or United Kingdom; or
  • Successful completion of at least one year full-time or equivalent of an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree level study at a recognised University in Canada, Singapore, South Africa or United States of America; or
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree from a recognised overseas University, assessed by Curtin University as comparable to the educational level of an Australian Bachelor or Master Degree in which Curtin University recognised English is the sole language of instruction.

English language courses and programs

English Language Bridging (ELB) Program - Curtin English

The program must have been undertaken within two years of application, however, they may be used for entry until the next immediate semester intake.

Curtin University English Language Bridging (ELB or ELB Offshore, for international applicants) and English Language Enabling (ELE, for domestic applicants) with required score stated in the English competency equivalents chart. More information.

English Language Bridging (ELB) Program - Australian University

The program must have been undertaken within two years of application, however, they may be used for entry until the next immediate semester intake.

Successful completion of a recognised Australian University English Language Bridging Program one semester full-time in duration:

  • To meet Curtin University’s minimum English requirements, applicants must achieve a final result comparable to at least IELTS Academic with an overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 at the awarding University
  • To meet higher English requirement (scores higher than IELTS Academic with an overall score 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0) at Curtin University, applicants must achieve the equivalent required result at the awarding institution which is comparable to the course’s specific English requirement.

English Language Courses within Australia

Successful completion of one of the following approved programs with the required result (if applicable) is only accepted in meeting minimum English criteria for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework courses i.e. IELTS Academic Overall 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0.

Training facilityAccepted qualifications
Navitas EnglishAcademic English Level 3 with a minimum grade of 65% (Formerly Australian College of English and Australian Centre for Languages).
Phoenix AcademyFrom May 2018
Academic English Program (AEP) with Level C1 obtained.

Prior to May 2018
Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes with a minimum grade of COM (65%).
UTSInsearch Academic English Level 5 (AE5) program.

(Ref: 11/16); UTS: Insearch Academic English Level 6 (AE6) program is accepted in meeting Curtins English requirement of IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in each band, except for courses listed with specific requirement in courses with higher English criteria.

Canning CollegeCertificate IV in University Access Program (52835WA).

English proficiency tests

Please refer to our approved English proficiency tests for further details.

Current AHPRA registration

Holder of current registration on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Please be advised some courses have specific and higher English requirement criteria, refer to courses with higher English criteria page for details.

Please email admissions@curtin.edu.au for further information.