Master of Philosophy (By Research)


The Master of Philosophy aims to expand knowledge beyond the undergraduate honours or postgraduate diploma level, culminating in a research thesis. Upon completion of a master by research degree, you may apply to be considered for entry into a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program. A higher degree by research differs from other postgraduate degrees in that at least two-thirds of the study program must involve research. Although some coursework units may be required, the main part of your work will be in the form of a thesis written under the guidance of a supervisor and associate supervisor(s). Your thesis must, in the opinion of the examiners, be a substantial original contribution to the knowledge or understanding of any field through the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative reinterpretation of known data and established ideas. It must also demonstrate your capacity to conceive, design and complete independent research.

Why research at Curtin?

Curtin is widely recognised for applied research firmly focused on solving real-world problems. Underpinning our research endeavours are strong partnerships with industry, business and government, which result in outcomes that greatly benefit the broader community locally, nationally and globally. Our international reputation for being a strong partner in industry-driven research ensures our graduates enjoy outstanding opportunities to become innovators in their fields.

Professional Recognition

Depending on your area of specialty, you may be eligible for membership of various professional organisations upon graduation.

Further Information

When considering an application, please check the minimum entry requirements:

    • For Masters by research,
    • For PhD
    • English proficiency An applicant whose first degree is in a language other than English is required to produce evidence of proficiency in English. This requirement is specified here.

You can also download an Application Form and submit the completed form to Florence Singa of the Graduate