Doctor of Philosophy
As a doctoral research degree candidate, you will uncover new knowledge either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative reinterpretation of known data and established ideas. Your research will use an in-depth understanding of theories and concepts to develop practical solutions for real-world problems.
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.
Throughout your studies, our faculties will provide you with access to equipment and resources to support your research, and financial assistance to attend appropriate local and international conferences.
Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students
Generally, a master degree or bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours.
Fees for Australian and New Zealand students
Effective 1 January 2017, under the Research Training Program (RTP), Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents undertaking higher degrees by research are provided a combination of a Curtin and Commonwealth (RTP Fee Offset Scholarship) subsidy to offset the tuition fees which would otherwise have been payable by the student.
You may be eligible for a scholarship or industry assistance (sponsorship) may be available from external organisations under special conditions.
Depending on your area of speciality, you may be eligible for membership of various professional organisations upon graduation.
Applications for recognition of prior learning for coursework components are assessed on an individual basis.
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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.