Admission Requirements

If you’re Malaysian or international student looking to apply for one of our foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate courses, please refer to our admission requirements before completing your application.


For International Students

Country

Qualification and Minimum Entry Requirements

Bangladesh

Completion of the Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with a minimum Grade Point average of 4.0 (70 – 79%) – separate evidence of English competency is required.

Brunei

Three O-level passes (min. grade C) and two A-level passes (min. five points) in the Brunei Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) and English competence.

China

Successful completion of the National College Entrance Examination (NCEE or also known as Gao Kao) and obtain an aggregate of the required individual subjects which is equivalent of 67% of the overall maximum score, or a grade of 322/480, 422/630, 503/750, 543/810 or 603/900 AND English competence OR completion of one year of a bachelor degree at a recognised university and English competence.

Hong Kong

Completion of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with a point score of 15 from the best five subjects with at least a grade of 4 in English language or with separate evidence of English.

India

All India Senior School Certificates awarded by the Central Board of Secondary Education with an average of 65% in four subjects, one of which must be English (with 65% or better) or separate English competence or Indian School Certificate (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations) with an average of 65% in five subjects, one of which must be English (with 65% or better) or separate evidence of English competence.

Indonesia

Successful completion of Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) (Certificate of Completion from Academic Senior Secondary School) with an overall average grade of at least 8.0 and at last an overall grade of 8.0 from the Surat Keterangan Hasil Ujian Nasional (SKHUN) (Certificate of Graduation) with separate evidence of English required OR completion of one or two years of a bachelor degree at a recognised institution and English competence.

Japan

Successful completion of first year of a Gakushi (bachelor degree) at a recognised institution and English competence OR Certificate of Graduation awarded by a recognised technical/vocational college and English competence.

Kenya

Successful completion of the first year of a bachelor degree at a recognised institution and English competence.

Mauritius

Three ‘Ordinary’ level passes (min. grade C) and two ‘Advanced’ level passes (min. five points) in the Cambridge Higher School Certificate GCE `A’ level with a grade C or better in O-Level English OR full International Baccalaureate with a minimum total of 24 points from six subjects at one sitting. Three of the subjects must be at the higher level and one of the six subjects should be English.

Myanmar

Successful completion of one year full time study of a four-year bachelor degree or two years of a five-year honours degree at a recognised institution and English competence.

Nepal

Completion of one year of a bachelor degree with an average of not less than 65% from Tribhuvan or Kathmandu University; separate evidence of English competence is required.

Oman

Successful completion of one year of a bachelor degree at Sultan Qaboos University and English competence OR completion of a recognised diploma at a public institution and English competence.

Pakistan

Pakistan Completion of the Higher Secondary School Certificate of Intermediate with an average of 75% in four (4) academic subjects and English Competence OR successful completion of the first year of a three-year honours degree with grades above 50% or B OR two-year pass degree at a recognised institution and English competence OR successful completion of the first year of a four-year degree in a professional field at a recognised institution and English competence.

Russia

Successful completion of one year of a four years full-time Bakalavr at a State institution or fully accredited private institution – separate evidence of English competence is required.

Saudi Arabia

Successful completion of the first year of a four-year full-time Bachelor degree at one of the Section 1 Higher Education institutions listed on AEI CEP, separate evidence of English competence is required.

South Korea

Completion of High School Diploma with a score of 300 (75%) in the National University Entrance Examination (College Scholastic Ability Test) (CSAT); separate evidence of English competence is required OR Completion of one year of a four-year Bachelor degree at a recognised university and English competence.

Sri Lanka

Three ‘Ordinary’ level passes (min. grades of C) and two ‘Advanced’ level passes (min. grades of C) in the Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education, and with C in General English or with separate evidence of English competence.

Thailand

Successful completion of one year full-time study of a four uears Bachelor degree at one of the Section 1 Higher Education institutions listed on AEI CEP, separate evidence of English competence is required.

United Arab Emirates

Successful completion of one year full-time study of a four years Bachelor degree at one of the Section 1 Higher Education institutions listed on AEI CEP, OR Successful completion of one year full-time study of a four years Bachelor degree with at least Grade of 3.00 out of 4.00 at one of the Section 2 Higher Education institutions listed on AEI CEP AND separate evidence of English competence is required.

United Kingdom

Three GCE O-level/GCSE passes and two GCE Advanced level passes (minimum 5 points: A=5; B=4; C=3; D=2; E=1). You must have Grade C or better in GCE O-level/GCSE English, English literature or English language, or provide separate evidence of English competence

USA

From 2016 – An United States High School Diploma or a High School Diploma based on a US curriculum with an average grade of B or better in year 12 and a combined score of at least 1090 out of 1600 in the Evidence based Reading and Writing and Math in the SAT from the same sitting, with a minimum of 510 in Evidence based Reading and Writing and 500 in Math component OR An United States High School Diploma or a High School Diploma based on a US curriculum with an average grade of B or better in year 12 and a composite score of 24 or better in the American College Test (ACT).

Vietnam

From 2015 – Completion of the Bang Tu tai or Bang Tot nghiep Pho thong Trung hoc (Vietnamese Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma) with at least 8.00 in the score for graduation evaluation, separate evidence of English competence is required. From 2014 – Completion of the Bang Tu tai or Bang Tot nghiep Pho thong Trung hoc (Vietnamese Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma) with an average of at least 80% in the four academic subjects (Maths, Literature and two elective subjects in theThi Tot Nghiep Pho thong Trung hoc (Secondary School Leaving Examination) – separate evidence of English competence is required.
Zimbabwe Completion of the Zimbabwe Certificate of Secondary Education Advanced Level conducted by ZIMSEC with at least two Advanced level subjects passed at Principal level (Subsidiary pass is not acceptable) and achieved the required national Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) using the GCE A-Level Conversion AND a Grade C or better in English subject in Zimbabwe Certificate of Secondary Education at Ordinary Level.

Note: Students from countries not listed above should contact Curtin Sarawak for further details.

Malaysian (Undergraduate)

Country

Qualification and Minimum Entry Requirements

Malaysia

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) (Malay medium) – A minimum of 5 points obtained from at least two but no more than three Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) subjects (General Paper not accepted) and fulfil English Entry Requirement; points calculated as follows:

A=5, A- =4, B+ =4, B=3, B- =2, C+ = 2, C=1

OR

A minimum of 5 points obtained from two or three Advanced Level subjects; OR two Advanced level subjects and a maximum of two Advanced Subsidiary Levels (AS) are required and fulfill English Entry Requirement; Points calculated as follows:
Grades awarded from 2010 onwards:

A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1.

Grades awarded up to 2009:

A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1

AS Levels equal half of that of an Advanced Level, e.g. 3 points for an A*, 2.5 points for an A (prior to 2010);

OR

Completion of the Malaysian Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) (Senior Middle Level) with 20 points aggregated from the best five academic subjects and fulfil English Entry Requirement. Points calculated as follows:

A1 = 8, A2 = 7, B3 =6, B4 =5, B5 =4, B6 =3, C7 =2, C8 =1

Indicative Cut-Off Scores

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Cut-off scores key:

GCE : General Certificate of Education
STPM : Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia
IB : International Baccalaureate
ATAR : Australian Tertiary Admission Rank – applicable to all Australian matriculation
HKDSE : Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education
India : Includes All India Senior School Certificate awarded by The Central Board of Secondary School Education (CBSE), Indian School Certificate (ISC) awarded by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), Higher School Certificate (HSC) awarded by one of the State Secondary School Boards. Certificates awarded by the CBSE and the CISCE are generally considered to represent a higher level of achievement than state certificates.
Sri Lanka : GCE ‘A’ level issued by the Department of Examinations

Score Conversion for Advanced level/GCE/GCSE:
Grades awarded from 2010 onwards: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1
Grades awarded up to 2009: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1
AS Levels equal half of that of an Advanced Level, e.g. 3 points for an A*, 2.5 points for an A (prior to 2010)

Subject Grades Conversion for STPM : A=5, A- =4, B+ =4, B=3, B- =2, C+ = 2, C=1
The following UEC subjects are included in the aggregate of best five subject:
• Mathematics • Advance Mathematics I • Advance Mathematics II • Biology • Chemistry • Physics • Business Studies • Bookkeeping and Accounts • Accounting
• Economics • History • Geography • Computing and Information Technology

Note: scores for individual prerequisites may be taken into consideration for assessment purposes.

Postgraduate Studies by Coursework

For admission into Curtin Sarawak, you must provide evidence of completion of a degree from a recognised university and provide evidence of English language proficiency. In addition, you may need to meet specific course pre-requisites.

As all courses at Curtin Sarawak are taught in English, you will need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirements based on completion of a bachelor degree course in which English was the language of instruction. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Any one of the tests in the following table can also be accepted as satisfying Curtin’s English language requirement:
Minimum English Language Entry Requirements
Results for IELTS and TOEFL are valid for two years.

English Language Test Score
IELTS

  • Writing and Speaking
  • Reading and Listening
  • Overall Band Score
6.0*
6.0*
6.5*
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 90 Internet based
(22 in each section)

*Different programmes require different IELTS results. Each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis.


 

Postgraduate Studies by Research

Applicants for Master of Philosophy must have completed a bachelor degree with first or second class honours or their equivalent; a postgraduate diploma or its equivalent; or a bachelor degree with a superior performance, together with relevant and substantial work experience.

Applicants for Doctor of Philosophy must have completed a master by research degree or bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours. Applicants who have only completed a Bachelor pass degree may also be considered if they can demonstrate superior academic achievement, significant research or work experience, and the capacity to undertake significant research.

Applications for higher degrees by research can be made at any time of the year. You will need to consult the Dean, Curtin Sarawak Graduate School, or Faculty Postgraduate Studies Coordinator, Dean of Faculty, Head of Department or any individual academic staff member in the relevant teaching area to discuss the suitability of your proposed research topic. You will also need to meet Curtin’s entry requirements and ensure that a supervisor and facilities are available to accommodate your research.

For International Students

Country

Qualification and Minimum Entry Requirements

Bangladesh

Completion of Bangladesh Secondary School Certificate (SSC) with a minimum Grade Point average of 3.5 (60-69%), separate evidence or English competency is required or GCE ‘O’ Level – credit in 4 relevant academic subjects and English competence.

Brunei

GCE ‘O’ Level – credit in 5 relevant subjects and English competence.

China

Completion of Senior Middle 2 and English competence.

Hong Kong

HKCEE – Grade D in 5 subjects and English competence.

India

Completion of All India Secondary School Certificate awarded by Central Board of Secondary Education with an average of 60% in four subjects, one of which must be English (60% or better) or with separate evidence of competence in English or GCE ‘O’ Level – credit in4 relevant academic subjects and English competency.

Indonesia

SMA 3 – grade 6.0 average in 4 subjects and English competence.

Mauritius

GCE ‘O’ Level – credit in 5 relevant subjects and English competence.

Myanmar

GCE ‘O’ Level – credit in 5 relevant subjects and English competence.

Pakistan

Completion of Secondary School Certificate awarded by Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education with average of 60% in 4 academic subjects, and at least 60% in English or GCE ‘O’ Level – credit in 5 relevant academic subjects and English competence.

Saudi Arabia

GCE ‘O’ Level – credit in 5 relevant subjects and English competence.

Singapore

GCE ‘O’ Level – credit in 5 relevant subjects and English competence.

Sri Lanka

GCE ‘O’ Level – credit in 5 relevant subjects and English competence.

United Arab Emirates

GCE ‘O’ Level – credit in 5 relevant subjects and English competence.

For Malaysian Students

Qualification and Minimum Entry Requirements

SPM 5 Credits including English or 5 Credits and English competence

*Commerce & Arts Stream – 5 Credits including English

*Engineering & Science Stream – 5 Credits including English and Mathematics and passes in Add. Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry

GCE ‘O’ Level 5C including English or 5C and English competency.
UEC Grade B in 4 relevant academic subjects and English competency.

English Language Entry Requirements All Curtin courses are taught in English and applicants must demonstrate competence in English by meeting the Curtin English language requirement. Please check with our Student Services staff to see if other English language competency satisfy our entry requirements.Minimum English Language Entry Requirements 2014

All Curtin courses are taught in English and applicants must demonstrate competence in English by meeting the Curtin English Language requirements as outlined below:

ENGLISH QUALIFICATION  SCORE  
Foundation Undergraduate Postgraduate (6)
 IELTS(1) Overall 5.5
(no individual band below 5.0)
Overall 6.5
(no individual band below 6.0)
Overall 6.5
(no individual band below 6.0)
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
(IBT)(2)
71 79
(band minimum W-21, L-13, R-13, S-18)
 79
(band minimum W-21, L-13, R-13, S-18)
SPM English(3) B
SPM 1119 English(4) C C
GCE ‘A’ Level E E
GCE ‘O’ Level(5) C C C
      *Results for IELTS and TOEFL are valid for two years
  1. Foundation: Applicants with IELTS 5.0 (no individual band below 4.5) are required to take the Academic English concurrently with the Foundation program.
    Undergraduate: Applicants with IELTS less than 6.5 but achieved 5.5 (no individual band below 5.0) are required to take Curtin University Foundation English Units.
  2. Foundation: Applicants with TOEFL less than 71 but achieved 61 (or above) are required to take the Academic English concurrently with the Foundation program.
    Undergraduate: Applicants with TOEFL less than 79 but achieved 71 (or above) are required to take Curtin University Foundation English Units.
  3. Foundation: Applicants with SPM English ‘C’ are required to take the Academic English concurrently with the Foundation program.
  4. Undergraduate: Applicants with 1119 ‘D’ are required to take Curtin University Foundation English Units.
  5. Foundation: Applicants with GCE ‘O’ Level ‘D’ are required to take the Academic English concurrently with the Foundation program.
    Undergraduate: Applicants with GCE ‘O’ Level ‘D’ are required to take Curtin University Foundation English Units.
  6. Postgraduate by research may be deemed to meet Curtin’s English language requirements based on the completion of a bachelor degree course in which English is the sole language of instruction. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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