Admission criteria

Higher Degree by Research applicants are required to demonstrate the following admission criteria to be considered eligible candidates:

  • Obtained the minimum academic qualifications for entry into the selected program.
  • The applicant and proposed supervisor must have collaboratively developed a research project that aligns with the enrolling School’s research priorities, and for which the enrolling school has the necessary supervision and facilities to adequately support.
  • The applicant has reached the appropriate level of English language proficiency to complete the research. You can find the minimum English Language entry requirement under the ‘admission criteria’ tab on the selected program.

Applicants who do not meet the level of English language proficiency to their higher degree course may wish to consider the English Language Bridging (ELB) course run by Curtin English.

Doctor of Philosophy and other doctoral research degrees

To be considered for admission to a Doctor of Philosophy program an applicant must have obtained one of the following minimum qualifications:

  • Qualified for the award of Master of Philosophy or Master of Research within Curtin* which requires the completion of a publicly available thesis to an acceptable standard.
  • Qualified for the award of the Degree of Bachelor with first class honours or upper second-class honours within Curtin*, which requires the completion of research project to an acceptable standard.
  • Graduated from Curtin* with a bachelor degree and completed a postgraduate diploma with a course-weighted average of not less than 70 per cent and has demonstrated the capacity to undertake significant research
  • Qualified for the award of master degree by coursework within Curtin*, with a course-weighted average of not less than 70 per cent, and has demonstrated the capacity to undertake significant research.

* Qualifications obtained from another University must be deemed equivalent to Curtin’s.

To be considered for admission to a doctoral research degree (not including the PhD) an applicant must have obtained one of the qualifications required for the Doctor of Philosophy or:

  • Qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor and has substantial relevant peer-reviewed publications, exhibitions, research experience, or relevant industry work experience.

Master by Research degrees

To be considered for admission to a Master of Philosophy program an applicant must have obtained one of the following minimum qualifications:

  • Qualified for the award of the Degree of Bachelor with first class honours or upper second-class honours within Curtin*.
  • Graduated from Curtin* with a bachelor degree and completed a postgraduate diploma.
  • Graduated with or qualified for the award of the degree of bachelor within Curtin*, with a superior performance, together with relevant or substantial work experience.

* Qualifications obtained from another University must be deemed equivalent to Curtin’s.

To be considered for admission to a Master of Research program an applicant must be completing, but not have completed, the Degree of Bachelor with first class honours or upper second-class honours within Curtin**

** Curtin Honours students wishing to converting into a Masters of Research program must contact the Graduate Research School well in advance of the expected completion of their honours program.

Applications for admission to a higher degree by research program may be submitted at any time of the year. View a full list of research courses offered at Curtin University.

All prospective research students are encouraged to make initial contact with a prospective supervisor in the enrolling School most relevant to their area of study using the Register of supervisors.

International students

If you are an international applicant and are unsure which enrolling School to contact, or for any other enquiries related to admission criteria, please submit an enquiry.

Applicants who are not of Australian or New Zealand citizenship and/or are not permanent residents are classified as international applicants, and will be required to pay the appropriate fees for the duration of their research program.

View our guidelines around how to write a research proposal for international students.