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Postgraduate Preparation Program (PPP) Curtin College


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The Postgraduate Preparation Program (PPP) is a one trimester, non-award program for students who have a tertiary qualification but who do not qualify for direct entry into a Master Degree at Curtin University.

Completion of the PPP ensures students direct entry into the Curtin College Graduate Certificate program.

Leading to Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

The PPP consist of 4 pre-postgraduate units that focus on academic communication, intercultural issues and introductory research skills in preparation for postgraduate studies. Communication skills are developed in the Academic Communication and Intercultural Issues unit which is supported by 4 weekly hours of mandatory language support classes.

Intercultural Issues for Postgraduate Studies

The unit aims to develop effective communication skills relevant to postgraduate study in an Australian context. It focuses on building on and extending students’ intercultural skills and understandings, and preparing them to participate effectively in varied academic contexts. The course also aims to assist students in understanding and effectively managing transitions between different cultural contexts through a process of developing self-awareness and the ability to reflection on the impact culture has on communication.

Academic Communication for Postgraduate Studies

The unit aims to develop the skills required for communicating at a postgraduate level. It provides an introduction to academic conventions related to research and writing essays, reports and case studies and presenting academic work orally. There is a focus on developing analytical and critical thinking skills, and individual and team work. The development of skills required to competently display knowledge gathered from a wide range of sources without falling into plagiarism is also explored. Students will also develop their English language skills required to communicate clearly and coherently in an academic and professional context.

Research Skills for Postgraduate Studies

The unit aims to provide students with the skills needed for conducting research at a postgraduate level. This includes an introduction to a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods and information sources available and the development of critical thinking, processing and analysis skills to support future research projects.

Postgraduate Preparation in Critical Thinking

The unit aims to develop critical analytical skills, which are essential for problem solving and are valued as graduate attributes. This unit introduces students to different methods of critical thinking through the history of Western thought and philosophy that underline many traditions of modern Western scholarship. Postgraduate students will be prepared for future research by developing skills in reasoning and argument.



Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Postgraduate Preparation Program (PPP).

Full Time (1 trimester)

Tuition fees

Total Fee: AUD $13,200; AUD $3,300 per unit


Feb-20, Jul-20, Nov-20


Curtin College

Curtin Bentley Campus,

Building 205, Kent Street,


Western Australia,

6102, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirement for international students

Academic entry requirements

3 year post-secondary qualification comparable to an Australian Associate Degree or Advanced Diploma

English language entry requirements

IELTS 6.0 (no band below 5.5), IELTS 70 (R12, L11, S17, W20), or equivalent

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