Research degrees

Our higher research degrees are awarded following the completion of a major thesis, involving independent original research, under the supervision of a thesis committee.

Master of Research (MRes)

The Master of Research (MRes) offered at Curtin University aims to expand knowledge beyond the undergraduate honours level, culminating in a research thesis.

Admission criteria

Qualification for a bachelor degree with honours from Curtin University. Find out more.

Course duration

One to two years full-time study, or part-time equivalent.

Fees

Under the Research Training Program (RTP), Australian and New Zealand citizens, as well as Australian permanent residents undertaking master degrees by research, are eligible for an Australian Government RTP Fee Offset Scholarship, which will automatically be assessed at the point of application to a HDR course. There is no separate application process. For more information, please visit the RTP Scholarship Policy website.

This program is currently only open to domestic applicants.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) offered at Curtin University aims to expand knowledge beyond the undergraduate level, culminating in a research thesis.

Admission criteria

The minimum criteria for entry include a bachelor degree with honours, or a postgraduate diploma. Find out more.

Course duration

One to two years full-time study, or part-time equivalent.

Fees

Under the Research Training Program (RTP), Australian and New Zealand citizens as well as Australian permanent residents undertaking master degrees by research are eligible for an Australian Government RTP Fee Offset Scholarship which will automatically be assessed at the point of application to a HDR course. There is no separate application process. For more information please visit the RTP Scholarship Policy website.

Applicants from overseas will need to visit the International Students page for further information regarding course fees.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and other doctoral research degrees

Doctoral research degree candidates generate new knowledge, either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative reinterpretation of known and established ideas.

Admission criteria

Criteria for entry include a research master degree, or a bachelor degree with first or upper second-class honours with a research thesis. Find out more.

Course duration

Two to four years full-time study.

Fees

Under the Research Training Program (RTP), Australian and New Zealand citizens as well as Australian permanent residents undertaking doctoral degrees by research are eligible for an Australian Government RTP Fee Offset Scholarship which will automatically be assessed at the point of application to a HDR course. There is no separate application process. For more information please visit the RTP Scholarship Policy website.

Applicants from overseas will need to visit the International Students page for further information regarding course fees.

For information about higher degree by research policies at Curtin, contact the Graduate Research School Future Students team.

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