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Doctor of Philosophy

PhD(Curtin) DR-PHIL
Location Bentley, Perth City, Kalgoorlie, Margaret River, Northam, Sarawak, Singapore This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus or off-campus If you intend to study off-campus, please refer to the note regarding off-campus research under enrolment and duration of study.
Intake At any time
Duration 2 - 4 years full-time study or part-time equivalent Your enrolment shall be continuous unless the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee approves an application for a leave of absence.

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

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Generally, a master degree or bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours.

For further information see entry requirements for doctoral or master research degrees.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Under the Research Training Program (RTP) effective 1 January 2017, Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents undertaking higher degrees by research will be granted an Australian Government RTP Fee Offset Scholarship to assist with tuition fee liability.

You may be eligible for a scholarship or industry assistance (sponsorship) may be available from external organisations under special conditions.

Professional recognition

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

Credit for previous study

Applications for recognition of prior learning for coursework components are assessed on an individual basis.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

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.