What will I learn?

This research course develops a strong critical and problem solving approach to professional practice in the natural and physical sciences. The course forms a basis for the professional development of experts able to plan, analyse, evaluate, conduct and communicate the outcomes of sophisticated research and development problems.

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
communicate and present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research concepts, plans and results to the general community, peers and national and international research community
design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes an original contribution to knowledge

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.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Engineering



Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$38,800.00 (20,77,088) per year
AUD $76,000 for the entire course; 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

Start date

Expected March, July 2022


Curtin University

Bentley Campus,

Kent Street,


Western Australia,

6102, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A bachelor degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution or equivalent, and at least three years relevant work experience. English Language Requirements: Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C; and Pearson Test of English Academic: 60. IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System): Writing, Speaking, Reading, and Listening: 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.

For international students

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.

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 176; and Pearson Test of English Academic: 60. 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.


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