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Higher degree by research

A higher degree by research (HDR) from Curtin will enable you to pursue a specialist area in your field, build knowledge in your profession and contribute to important research.

Research degrees

Our research degrees are focused on real-world problems, providing solutions that will benefit communities, businesses and industries.

How to apply

Applications for admission to a HDR degree may be submitted at any time of the year. Find out how to apply now.

What to expect

Discover the experience of a higher degree by research and how it differs from undergraduate study.

Research scholarships available

There are numerous scholarships available to help you pursue your research degree.

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