Information Before Submission of Your Application

Step 1: Check Your Research Interests

Faculty of Engineering and Science offers Higher Degree by Research (HDR) studies at both Master and PhD levels in the following four main research clusters and two research hubs:

  • Energy and Environment Cluster
  • Intelligent Systems, Design and Control Cluster
  • Materials and Structures Cluster
  • Bio-Process Technologies Cluster
  • Curtin Highway Infrastructure Research & Innovation Hub
  • Curtin University Digital Innovation Hub

 

Aside the multidisciplinary research groups, there are also departmental research capacities and strengths within specific engineering and science disciplines.

Chemical Engineering

  • Separation Processes (Supercritical Fluid Extraction, Membrane, etc)
  • Bioprocessing Engineering
  • Environmental Technology
  • Fuels and Energy
  • Material Science and Engineering
  • Process System Engineering (Multivariate data and image analysis, modelling, control, optimisation, CFD simulation, etc)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Renewable Energy, Machinery and Instrumentation
  • Computer Systems, Software and Networking
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Data Engineering

Environmental Engineering

  • Water Treatment
  • Solid Waste Management (industrial and hazardous waste management)
  • Domestic and Industrial Waste Water Treatment

Civil and Construction Engineering

  • Structures and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Environmental Management

Mechanical Engineering

  • Design, Manufacturing and Optimisation
  • Thermal-Fluids and Energy
  • Structure and Materials
  • Dynamics, Control and Automation

Applied Geology

  • Organically Influenced Stalagmites
  • Geochemistry of Clastics: Implications on Provenance, Paleoweathering and Tectonic Settings
  • Hydrogeochemistry
  • Environmental Geochemistry: Water and Soil Pollution
  • Climatological Studies and Stalactites
  • Carbone Geochemistry and Diagenesis
  • Patrology and Geochemistry
  • Karst Study

For more information, please visit Faculty of Engineering and Science‘s website.

Entrepreneurship and Organisational Performance

  • Performance
  • Firm Performance, Managerial Accounting, and Audit
  • Entrepreneurship

Corporate Governance

  • Governance and Disclosure
  • Legal Environment

Financial Market and Macroeconomic Dynamics

  • Financial Market Integration and Resilience
  • Stochastic Financial Modelling
  • Dynamic Atmosphere and Economic Growth

Marketing and Tourism

  • Branding and Digital Marketing
  • Sustainable Tourism

Business Information Systems & Operations Research

  • Business Information Systems
  • Operations Research

For more information, please visit Faculty of Business‘ website.

Media Studies

Our Media Studies research focuses on the role of media in today’s society. The fast-paced development of new technologies and changing trends, as well as more complex audiences, have become a challenge for the media to understand the changing needs of the world. This research area aims to understand the theories of media and link relevant research to the role and application of media in today’s world. It includes the representation of race and gender in film and television shows, the impact of reality shows on audiences, and the representation of Sarawak natives in films.

New Media

The evolving New Media channels have inevitably impacted the identity and social fabric of nations across the world. This research area explores the immense possibilities offered by online media, how democracy or political changes effect one another, online media and electoral politics, and the interrelationships between old and new media.

Cultural and Indigenous Studies

This research area focuses on changes in social behaviour and the structure of society, and how they affect culture. Areas of study include development and impact on indigenous communities, preservation and sustainability of Sarawak’s ethnic cultures, oral histories and material culture, and ethnographies.

For more information, please visit Faculty of Humanities‘ website.

Step 2: Check You Have the Qualifications Required

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

For admission to a Doctoral degree program, the Curtin Malaysia Graduate Studies Committee (CMGSC) or nominee will be satisfied that at least one of the following eligibility criteria has been met:

  • Graduated with or qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor with First Class Honours or Upper Second Class Honours* (CGPA≥ 3.0) within Curtin University which includes the completion of a supervised research dissertation project carrying the equivalent credit of at least 25 percent of an annual full-time load.*Candidate having Upper Second-Class Honours could be considered for a Doctoral direct entry upon demonstration of research competencies as verified and deemed by the Academic Board at Curtin University Malaysia; or
  • Graduated with or qualified for the award of the degree of Master of Philosophy or Master of Research within Curtin University which includes the completion of a publically available thesis; or
  • Graduated with or qualified for the award of the degree Master by Coursework within Curtin University, and the completion of a research dissertation project carrying the equivalent credit of at least 25 percent of an annual full-time load and which has been awarded an assessed result at or above distinction level; or
  • Graduated with or qualified for the award of the degree Master by Coursework at or above distinction level within Curtin University, and the completion of substantive and relevant research experience which can be evidenced in at least one of the following forms:
    • substantial scholarly papers as sole or primary author, appearing in recognised academic journals or in volumes published by recognised academic publishers;
    • published research reports prepared for industry, government or business, which adhere to the broad conventions of academic publishing and which identify the applicant as sole or primary author; or
    • a portfolio of creative work with a published critical discussion of that work, which demonstrates the applicant’s development of a scholarly approach to creative work as research investigation, for which the application is identified as sole or primary author; or
  • Obtained qualifications from another institution which are recognised by tertiary admission authorities in Australia and which are deemed to be equivalent to any of the above four criteria.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

For admission to a MPhil program, the Curtin Malaysia Graduate Studies Committee (CMGSC) or nominee will be satisfied that an applicant has met at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Graduated with or qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours within Curtin University; or
  • Graduated with or qualified for the award of Postgraduate Diploma within Curtin University; or
  • Graduated with or qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor within the University with minimum CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent; or
  • Graduated with or qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor within the University with minimum CGPA of 2.50 or equivalent and not meeting CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent subject to rigorous internal assessment or a minimum of 5 years working experience in the relevant field; or
  • Obtained qualifications from another institution which are recognised by tertiary admissions authorities in Australia and which are deemed to be equivalent to any of the above criteria.

Remarks. Some programme may require additional requirements, e.g. Bachelor Degree in Accounting or significant experiences in corporate accounting is mandatory for MPhil (Accounting) admission.

 

A candidate cannot be enrolled in a research degree at the University while simultaneously enrolled in any other higher degree, Bachelor’s degree, or diploma course at this or any other institution, without the approval of the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Excellence.

Applicant has reached an appropriate level of English language proficiency to complete research. For Higher Degree by Research English language entry requirements, please refer to the table below.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST SCORE
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Writing 6
Speaking 6
Reading 6
Litening 6
Overall Band Score 6.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)*

TOEFL iBT (Special Home Edition)*

79 (band minimum W-21, L-13, R-13, S-18)
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)
Listening 50%
Reading 50%
Speaking 50%
Writing 50%
Overall Band Score 58%
MUET  Band 4 and no less than 200 in aggregate score

Applicants who do not meet the above requirement (or qualifications not listed above) will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and provided with alternative pathways where necessary.

Completion of a bachelor degree course in which English was the language of instruction is also considered as meeting the English language requirement. Each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Step 3: Consider How You Will Support Yourself During Your Studies

The amount that you pay for your tuition fees will depend on whether you are a domestic or international student, and the degree or units in which you enrol.

For the details, please refer to Fees and Charges section.

Curtin Malaysia Postgraduate Research Studentship (CMPRS) Full Scholarship (PhD Students only)

An awardee will receive a stipend of RM2100 per month and fee waiver for a period of 3 years. In return, awardees are expected to contribute a maximum of 4 hours of teaching load per week and learning and teaching (L&T) activities during the semesters.

Curtin Malaysia Postgraduate Research Studentship (CMPRS) Partially Scholarship (Partial Fee and/or Stipend)

Please contact GradSchool@curtin.edu.my for the details.

In return, awardees are expected to contribute a maximum of 4 hours of teaching load per week and learning and teaching (L&T) activities during the semesters.

Consumables Support

HDR Consumables Reimbursable Items List

  • Travel, accommodation, and living expenses related to fieldwork/research data collection;
  • Transcription from interviews, and translation services;
  • Lab consumables purchased through an approved University provider (where not provided by the Enrolling Area);
  • Workshops and training courses (including registration, travel, accommodation and living);
    Specialist textbooks/manuals, journals (where not readily available in the Curtin Library);
  • Phone costs – Purchase of phone cards for participation calls to survey recipients (where access to a Curtin phone is not available);
  • Thesis binding, editing and proof-reading costs;
  • Incentives for research/survey participants on the express written permission (email) of the supervisor (this will never include tobacco or alcohol);
  • Creative production costs – e.g. Art and design equipment and supplies (inclusive of set design, technical support, post-production/editing, studio hire, film/developing);
  • Travel for off-campus students to supervisory meetings (this may extend to travel interstate or overseas where relevant);
  • Specialist software (project specific);
  • Safety equipment (project specific);
  • Other miscellaneous costs as approved by CMGS

For external scholarships and study supports (Government and Private bodies), please visit Scholarships‘ website.

Step 4: Find Supervisors

All supervisors serve as scholarly mentors and professional role models for the students during their Higher by Degree Research (HDR) research. Before you choose a supervisor, please find out a little more about them.

If you are unsure of who to choose, please contact the respective Faculty’s Associate Dean of R&D or R&D Coordinator.

The full list of registered supervisors can be found at Register of Supervisors page.

Step 5: Submit your Application

Assuming you have read Steps 1 to 4 on the Future students page, you are now ready to put together the components required for a higher degree by research application.

For the details, please refer to the Application Process and Flow of Application Process.

Applications need to be verified and approved by Enrolling Faculty’s Associate Dean of R&D or R&D Coordinator before its submission to Curtin Malaysia Graduate School at via online HDR Application for Admission System. Therefore, please discuss with your prospective supervisors in obtaining this approval.

If you are still unsure about your prospective supervisors and have not contacted any potential supervisor, please discuss with Enrolling Faculty’s Associate Dean of R&D / R & D Coordinator or Curtin Malaysia Graduate School. We will assist you in identifying the right supervisory team for your project.

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