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Humanities Office of Research and Graduate Studies


Doctoral degrees are a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years (full-time equivalence) enrolment. Masters degrees are a minimum of one year and maximum two years (full-time equivalence) enrolment.

Higher Degrees by Research are available to students on both a part-time and full-time enrolment basis, and may usually be undertaken internally or externally (please check with the Postgraduate Coordinator if you intend on studying externally). Many of our Australian students are located interstate, and our International students are based both onshore and overseas. We appreciate the need to provide flexible options for our students who often need to juggle study, work, family and other commitments. If your circumstances change, it is also possible to change from full-time to part-time enrolment, or vice-versa, throughout your study (international onshore students excluded).

Applications are accepted continuously throughout the year, and admissions are made on a rolling basis. This means that there are no application deadlines to meet, so you may submit your application whenever you are ready. Please note, however, that courses involving coursework units are restricted to Semester deadlines, so please ensure your application is submitted at least four weeks prior to the start of Semester (see the Academic calendar for these dates).

There are a number of scholarships available to both local and international HDR students. The most common scholarships for Australian students are the Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and Curtin University Postgraduate Scholarships (CUPS), whilst the Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (EIPRS) is available to International students. These are administered by the University Graduate Studies Office in the Office of Research and Development at Curtin University. Up-to-date scholarships information is available on the Office's web site at

Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and New Zealand Citizens are eligible for places supported by the Research Training Scheme (RTS), and currently receive a fee-waived place for either 2 years (Masters) or 4 years (Doctoral). Visit Fees @ Curtin.

Your research proposal is one of the most critical parts of your application, and our academic staff are available to assist you to prepare your proposal prior to submission. It is important that you contact the Postgraduate Coordinator in your research area to discuss your application and your proposal as soon as possible; this will help to ensure that your application for admission has the best chance of being successful.

Once we have received your completed application, it is reviewed by the Postgraduate Co-ordinator in your school/area. We aim to process all applications in two to three weeks.

The Humanities Office of Research and Graduate Studies is your central point of contact for all matters pertaining to HDR study in our Faculty. Specific questions relating to your proposed area of research should be directed to the relevant Postgraduate Coordinator in your discipline. You may also wish to read more generally about research at Curtin on the University's Research and Development web site. The site also contains further useful information about scholarships, ethics and policies, and includes a helpful FAQ section.