Higher Degrees by Research

Higher degree by research (HDR) programs at Curtin Malaysia lead to the following qualifications:

Completion of a particular degree program requires substantial original contribution to the knowledge or understanding of a field of study and demonstration of the capacity of the candidate to conceive, design and carry to completion independent research.

For the award of PhD qualification, the candidate should also have uncovered new knowledge either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative re-interpretation of known data and established ideas.

For admission to an MPhil program, an applicant is expected to hold or qualify for the award of degree of Bachelor with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (or equivalent) from a recognised academic institution.

For admission to a PhD program, an applicant is expected to hold or qualify for the award of the degree of Master by Research (or equivalent) or to hold or qualify for the award of the degree of Bachelor with First Class Honours or Upper Second Class Honours (or equivalent) from a recognised academic institution. Those holding a Bachelor Pass degree may also be considered for admission, provided they can demonstrate superior academic achievement, significant work experience and the capacity to undertake significant research.

A candidate may enrol in a postgraduate degree either full-time or part-time. Enrolment in the MPhil degree shall be for a minimum period of one year and a maximum period of two year or equivalent full-time study. Enrolment in the PhD degree shall be for a minimum period of two years and a maximum period of four years of equivalent full-time study.

Successfully enrolled MPhil or PhD candidates are provided with support for consumables and fieldwork-related spending. Those who have successfully achieved their candidacy may also have the opportunity to attend specialized research training seminars, professorial training workshops, national or international conference supported by the University.

Limited scholarships are available under the Curtin Sarawak Postgraduate Research Scheme. Currently an awardee will receive a stipend of RM2100 per month for a period of 3 years for PhD or one and half years for MPhil during which tuition fees are also waived. In return, awardees are expected to contribute a minimum of 8 hours per week towards teaching activities during the semesters. Applicants can nominate to be considered for a scholarship in their applications. Please note that the latter is only possible if a scholarship round is active during the application.

Curtin offers a wide range of services and support to accommodate all your everyday and extracurricular needs, as embracing the experience of university life is just as important as the degree itself. Services and facilities include food outlets, surau, sports and recreational, computer laboratories and on-campus accommodation.

All MPhil and PhD candidates enrolled to study at Curtin Sarawak automatically have full online access to research supporting resources (including international journals, conference proceedings, e-books etc.) provided by the parent campus in Perth, Australia.

Each research student joins one of the vibrant research communities based on the chosen research area. You can find more information regarding research areas by visiting the relevant academic area:

Faculty of Engineering and Science
Contact for enquiries:
Associate Professor Perumal Kumar
Associate Dean, R&D.
Email: p.kumar@curtin.edu.my

Faculty of Business
Contact for enquiries:
Dr Md Atiqur Rahman Khan
Associate Dean, R&D.
Email: atiqur@curtin.edu.my

Faculty of Humanities
Contact for enquiries:
Dr Hah Foong Lian
Email: hah.fl@curtin.edu.my

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