Admission criteria

For Higher Degree by Research applicants

Applicants will be required to demonstrate the following admission criteria to be considered eligible candidates:

Step 1

Applicant has obtained the minimum academic qualifications for entry into the selected program.

Step 2

Applicant and proposed supervisor 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.

Step 3

Applicant has reached an appropriate level of English language proficiency to complete the research. For the minimum higher degree by research English language entry requirements refer to our study website. 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.

Higher degrees by research What is a Higher Degree by Research?

A higher degree by research (HDR) differs from other postgraduate degrees in that the study program comprises mostly of research. For a HDR, the main body of work is produced in the form of a thesis written under the guidance of a Thesis Committee.

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

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.

If you are an international applicant and are unsure which enrolling School to contact, or for any other enquiries related to admission criteria, contact the  International Office.

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. Further information for international applicants is available on the International Students website.

Admission criteria for a Doctor of Philosophy and other doctoral research degrees Admission criteria for Doctoral 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.

Admission criteria for master by research degrees Admission criteria for 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.