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Master of Philosophy

MPhil(Curtin)

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.

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.

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The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is offered by most schools and departments across Curtin. Each subject area has its own CRICOS code. For further information, please contact the relevant Area Contact.

See Courses Handbook for more information.

Want to Apply? Choose an area of study

Entry requirements:

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

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

Additional requirements:

Where:

Bentley, Perth City, Kalgoorlie, Margaret River, Northam, Sydney, Sarawak or Singapore

When:

At any time

How:

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.

Study:

Full-time or part-time

Duration:

One to two years full-time study or part-time equivalent

Fees:

Under the Research Training Scheme, Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents undertaking master degrees by research are exempt from paying tuition fees.

International students are required to pay tuition fees unless they are in receipt of a scholarship that covers the fees. Visit our fees website for more information.

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

Find out more:

  1. Choose an area of study

  2. Enquire here

    Contact the Faculty Graduate Studies Officer.

  3. Find a supervisor

  4.  Apply - find out how

Want to Apply? Choose an area of study

This page was last updated on 7 January 2014

2010 entry requirements:

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

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

2010 English requirements:

Select a faculty:

General requirements 

Curtin Business School 

Education 

Health Sciences 

Humanities 

General minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

CUTE (Curtin Uni Test of English) - A

CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) - Grade B

Curtin Business School minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

Education minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

Health Sciences minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

Humanities minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 6.5
Overall band score 6.5

Where:

Bentley, Perth City, Kalgoorlie, Margaret River, Northam, Sydney, Sarawak or Singapore

When:

At any time

How:

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.

Study:

Full-time or part-time

Duration:

One to two years full-time study or part-time equivalent

Fees:

Under the Research Training Scheme, Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents undertaking master degrees by research are exempt from paying tuition fees.

International students are required to pay tuition fees unless they are in receipt of a scholarship that covers the fees. Visit our fees website for more information.

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

Find out more:

  1. Choose an area of study

  2. Enquire here

    Contact the Faculty Graduate Studies Officer.

  3. Find a supervisor

  4.  Apply - find out how

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