What type of postgraduate programs does Curtin offer?
Programs that come under the postgraduate label include:
Graduate Certificate: The graduate certificate will broaden the skills and knowledge already gained from an undergraduate degree or develop vocational skills in a new area. Students completing graduate certificates may have the option of moving onto further postgraduate study depending on the subject area. Applicants usually require the equivalent of a bachelor degree or advanced diploma, but in certain cases, relevant work experience can be recognised as entry requirements. Course duration is generally six months full-time or part-time equivalent study.
Graduate Diploma: The graduate diploma is a specialised, vocationally orientated award designed for students who wish to develop new knowledge and skills in an area not previously studied in their undergraduate degree. Completion of the graduate diploma may entitle students to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), should they wish to proceed to a master degree. Entry is normally based on a bachelor degree or diploma. Exceptions may be made in the case of less academically qualified applicants with appropriate work experience, depending on the institution from which they have graduated and the field of study. Course duration is generally 12 months full-time or part-time equivalent study.
Postgraduate Diploma: The postgraduate diploma is suitable for students who have completed undergraduate studies in a particular discipline and want to further their studies in the same area. Participants maintain a vocational emphasis through strong links with practitioners. Completion of the postgraduate diploma may entitle students to RPL, should they wish to proceed to a master degree. Entry is normally based on a bachelor degree or diploma. Exceptions may be made in the case of less academically qualified applicants with appropriate work experience, depending on the institution from which they have graduated and the field of study. Course duration is generally 12 months full-time or part-time equivalent.
Master by coursework: The typical master degree comprises coursework, project work and research in varying combinations. The degree is designed to enhance professional skills or help the student acquire a deeper understanding in a specific area knowledge. The advantage of undertaking a master by coursework is the high level of tutorial advice and study guidance. Entry requirements include the completion of a bachelor degree, honours degree or graduate diploma. Students without formal entry qualifications, but who have relevant academic or professional experience, may be given the opportunity to embark on a preliminary program. Provided their performance in this preliminary program meets the required standard, they can then qualify for admission to a master by coursework. Course duration varies due to the range of entry pathways but most require the equivalent of two years full-time study.
Professional Master: The professional master programs are designed with the busy professional in mind. Fast-tracked and intensive, these programs offer an executive-style qualification directly relevant to career environments with the added benefit of networking with like-minded people. Relevant work experience is a prerequisite for entry into this program. Entry requirements include the completion of a bachelor degree, honours degree or graduate diploma and relevant work experience. Course duration varies between one year and three semesters full-time study or part time equivalent.
Please visit Postgraduate Coursework on the Future Students page for further information.
Master of Philosophy (MPhil): aims to expand knowledge beyond the undergraduate honours or postgraduate diploma level, culminating in a research thesis over one to two years full-time study or part-time equivalent.
There are three types of doctoral programs which include the following:
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Doctoral research degree candidates should uncover new knowledge either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative reinterpretation of known data and established ideas. The content of the degree is determined in consultation with the head of the relevant school or department and the graduate studies committee in the relevant faculty. Entry requirements include the completion of a master degree or bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours. Course duration is two to four years full-time study.
Research and Coursework Doctoral Program: The research and coursework doctoral candidate will undertake a program comprising at least two-thirds research culminating in a thesis. The coursework components are aimed at enhancing professional practice. Curtin’s high quality research focuses on real world problems and providing solutions to benefit community, business and industry.
Coursework Doctoral Program: Students undertaking postgraduate degrees by coursework enrol in subjects and attend lectures and tutorials. There will often be a minor research component and assessment is progressive throughout the course.
Please visit Curtin's online handbook for a list of Research Courses.
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