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What will I learn?

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.

What you'll learn

  • Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that knowledge and its application
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
  • Generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  • Design, use and evaluate research and research methods
  • Present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research concepts, plans and results to the general community, peers, and the national and international research community
  • Design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes an original contribution to knowledge and/or professional practice.

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 speciality, you may be eligible for membership of various professional organisations upon graduation.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

CRICOS

098149B

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$38,000.00 (20,47,414) per year
Eligible applicants for the Access Support Scholarship will receive AUD $1500 one-off fee remission against their Semester 1 2021 tuition fees for programs at Curtin’s Western Australian campuses.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

10 July 2022

More details

Start date

25 July 2022, 27 February 2023

Venue

Curtin University

Bentley Campus,

Kent Street,

BENTLEY,

Western Australia,

6102, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants with an honours degree or a bachelor’s degree with a course weighted average of 65% are eligible for entry to the program. The application process is competitive and typically successful applicants have demonstrated a distinction average. Evidence of studies in human biology at university level is essential. Applicants without this background will have to complete additional units in this area before commencing the course. Applicants will also submit a personal statement that reflects relevant work experience and knowledge of the profession. Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C; and Pearson Test of English Academic: 72. IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System): Writing, Speaking, Reading, and Listening: 7.0; overall band score: 7.0; TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 79 Overall; Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21."

For international students

Generally, a bachelor degree with first or second class honours or a postgraduate diploma.

Curtin University Test of English: A

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) score of 58; Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade B; English language bridging (ELB): Grade B; CUTE (Curtin Uni Test of English) – A; IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking - 6.0; Overall band score 6.5; TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 79 (overall) Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Curtin University

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019.

  • Top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2019)
  • Partnerships with 130+ education institutions worldwide
  • A truly global university, with international campuses
  • Offers a range of internationally recognised courses