Doctor of Philosophy (By Research)

Course Code

MQA/SWA0038

Introduction

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidate should uncover new knowledge either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative re-interpretation of known data and established ideas. The doctoral research will use an in-depth understanding of theories and concepts to develop practical solutions for real-world problems. Subject to and in accordance with Curtin’s Rule 10: Degree of Doctor by Research, a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree shall be awarded for a thesis (as defined in regulations) or a combination of a thesis and coursework in which the coursework component does not exceed one-third of the total doctoral degree program. In all cases the thesis must, in the opinion of the examiners, be a substantial original contribution to the knowledge or understanding of any field and demonstrate the capacity of the candidate to conceive, design and complete independent research. 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.

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.

Duration and Availability

A candidate may enrol in a Doctor of Philosophy either full-time or part-time. Enrolment shall be continuous with the exception of periods of leave of absence as approved by the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee. The course duration is a minimum period of two years and a maximum period of four years of equivalent full-time study. Research Training Scheme places may be available as well as fee-paying places. The time limits shall be adjusted for approved periods of leave of absence. Registered full-time duration for international onshore students on student visas is four years.

Course Entry Requirements

Candidates must have graduated with or qualified for the award of the degree of master within the University which requires the completion of a publicly available thesis or research project to an acceptable standard; graduated with or qualified for the award of the degree of bachelor with first class honours or upper second class honours within the University; or (i) graduated with a bachelor degree and completed a postgraduate diploma or its equivalent, or completed a master degree by coursework, with, in both cases, a course-weighted average of not less than seventy percent within the University; and (ii) demonstrated the capacity to undertake significant research; or obtained qualifications from another institution which are recognised by tertiary admission authorities in Australia and which are deemed to be equivalent to, or a satisfactory substitute for, any of the qualifications prescribed above; or enrolled in a research master degree for the equivalent of at least one semester full-time, and shown exceptional ability in conducting the early stages of the research project, which is clearly capable of being extended and converted to doctoral level. This requires the approval of the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee.

Professional Recognition

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

Further Information

When considering an application, please check the minimum entry requirements:

    • For Masters by research,
    • For PhD
    • English proficiency An applicant whose first degree is in a language other than English is required to produce evidence of proficiency in English. This requirement is specified here.

You will need academic advice on the suitability of your proposed research area, research topic and the availability of supervisors. You may find a list of research areas and potential supervisors here

You can also download an Application Form and submit the completed form to Florence Singa of the Graduate School: florence.singa@curtin.edu.my

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