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Curtin University

Location Curtin Perth, Perth Australia
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# =194

QS World University Rankings
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90

Undergraduate programs
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162

Postgraduate programs
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5+

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Curtin University is an innovative, global university known for its high impact research, strong industry partnerships and commitment to preparing you for the jobs of the future.

Rankings

Our international expansion and strong research focus have seen us rise rapidly up the international rankings in recent years, maintaining our place in the top 1% of universities globally (ARWU 2021).

We are ranked 194 th in the QS World University Rankings 2022, and have achieved a QS Five Stars Plus rating, the highest available for a tertiary institution. We are recognised for the quality of our programs, ranking 2nd in the world for mineral and mining engineering and 50th for Earth and Marine Sciences in the QSWUR by Subject 2021.

We are Western Australia’s top public university for graduate and postgraduate employment, according to the Good Universities Guide 2021.

Research

As a university with an established reputation for innovation, Curtin excels in a diverse range of research areas that aim to make tomorrow better for people all over the world.

We are involved with more than 70 research centres and collaborations – including the high-profile Space Science and Technology Centre, the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy, the Centre for Crop and Disease Management, and the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre.

In the most recent national research assessment, Excellence in Research for Australia, we performed strongly, with 95 per cent of our research areas assessed 'at or above world-class level'.

Explore your global opportunities

Curtin’s campuses are thriving places of community and innovation. You’ll be connected with a diverse student community and benefit from a global perspective.

Our largest campus, Curtin Perth, is based in Western Australia, and we have additional campuses in Western Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius.

As a Curtin student, you'll have the opportunity to study at another Curtin campus or at one of our many partner universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America or South America. You’ll get to experience other cultures and build an international network that will prove invaluable both personally and professionally.

Curtin Exchange

Exchange is Curtin University’s first dedicated industry-connected innovation precinct. Located at the northern end of Curtin’s Perth Campus, it is home to our new School of Design and the Built Environment, two new student accommodation buildings: St Catherine’s College and UniLodge Twin Dolphin Hall, a hotel and residential apartments in addition to industry and retail space and recreational areas.

Benefit from immersive learning

Our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are designed in close collaboration with industry experts to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge employers are looking for. Throughout your study, you’ll be introduced to professional settings through work integrated learning and internships.

At Curtin, you’ll hone your skills in learning environments that simulate real workplaces, so you can step into your chosen career with confidence.

Courses

Our degrees provide opportunities to choose from a range of subjects, giving you the freedom to study towards your dream career and pursue personal study interests at the same time.

Study Areas

Agriculture, environment and sustainability

Find out how we manage, preserve and protect the living world, and turn your ideas into innovative solutions that address global warming, food production and risks to flora and fauna.

Architecture and construction

Can you see the detail and beauty in structures and buildings, both inside and out? Our courses help you create quality environments in which people can live, work and play.

Arts, culture and creative industries

Lead with your imagination and hone your creative skills in our excellent facilities. You can learn how to turn your creativity into a viable business and make your mark on the world.

Business, management and law

Inspire others through leadership, grow your capabilities as a manager, or pursue a career in law. Our courses are practical and applied, offering direct input from industry leaders.

Culture, society and Indigenous

Learn the dynamics of different societies and cultures, study the written word and its applications and explore and discuss contemporary issues in today’s society.

Education

Teachers pass on knowledge, confidence and learning – both in the classroom and beyond. Would you like to help others fulfil their potential?

Engineering, mining and surveying

Develop your problem-solving skills and learn to design, construct and test machines, systems, structures, materials and processes.

Health

Our health degrees give you plenty of hands-on experience – through fieldwork and placements in our clinics and research centres, and with our industry partners.

Information technology

Grow your knowledge in programming computers, administering networks, designing software and multimedia, and use artificial intelligence in real-life situations.

Physical sciences, geoscience and mathematics

Learn in facilities where research and discovery abound, and develop your expertise in future growth areas such as biochemistry, industrial modelling or physics.

Curtin University is an innovative, global university known for its high impact research, strong industry partnerships and commitment to preparing you for the jobs of the future.

Rankings

Our international expansion and strong research focus have seen us rise rapidly up the international rankings in recent years, maintaining our place in the top 1% of universities globally (ARWU 2021).

We are ranked 194 th in the QS World University Rankings 2022, and have achieved a QS Five Stars Plus rating, the highest available for a tertiary institution. We are recognised for the quality of our programs, ranking 2nd in the world for mineral and mining engineering and 50th for Earth and Marine Sciences in the QSWUR by Subject 2021.

We are Western Australia’s top public university for graduate and postgraduate employment, according to the Good Universities Guide 2021.

Research

As a university with an established reputation for innovation, Curtin excels in a diverse range of research areas that aim to make tomorrow better for people all over the world.

We are involved with more than 70 research centres and collaborations – including the high-profile Space Science and Technology Centre, the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy, the Centre for Crop and Disease Management, and the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre.

In the most recent national research assessment, Excellence in Research for Australia, we performed strongly, with 95 per cent of our research areas assessed 'at or above world-class level'.

Explore your global opportunities

Curtin’s campuses are thriving places of community and innovation. You’ll be connected with a diverse student community and benefit from a global perspective.

Our largest campus, Curtin Perth, is based in Western Australia, and we have additional campuses in Western Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius.

As a Curtin student, you'll have the opportunity to study at another Curtin campus or at one of our many partner universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America or South America. You’ll get to experience other cultures and build an international network that will prove invaluable both personally and professionally.

Curtin Exchange

Exchange is Curtin University’s first dedicated industry-connected innovation precinct. Located at the northern end of Curtin’s Perth Campus, it is home to our new School of Design and the Built Environment, two new student accommodation buildings: St Catherine’s College and UniLodge Twin Dolphin Hall, a hotel and residential apartments in addition to industry and retail space and recreational areas.

Benefit from immersive learning

Our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are designed in close collaboration with industry experts to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge employers are looking for. Throughout your study, you’ll be introduced to professional settings through work integrated learning and internships.

At Curtin, you’ll hone your skills in learning environments that simulate real workplaces, so you can step into your chosen career with confidence.

Courses

Our degrees provide opportunities to choose from a range of subjects, giving you the freedom to study towards your dream career and pursue personal study interests at the same time.

Study Areas

Agriculture, environment and sustainability

Find out how we manage, preserve and protect the living world, and turn your ideas into innovative solutions that address global warming, food production and risks to flora and fauna.

Architecture and construction

Can you see the detail and beauty in structures and buildings, both inside and out? Our courses help you create quality environments in which people can live, work and play.

Arts, culture and creative industries

Lead with your imagination and hone your creative skills in our excellent facilities. You can learn how to turn your creativity into a viable business and make your mark on the world.

Business, management and law

Inspire others through leadership, grow your capabilities as a manager, or pursue a career in law. Our courses are practical and applied, offering direct input from industry leaders.

Culture, society and Indigenous

Learn the dynamics of different societies and cultures, study the written word and its applications and explore and discuss contemporary issues in today’s society.

Education

Teachers pass on knowledge, confidence and learning – both in the classroom and beyond. Would you like to help others fulfil their potential?

Engineering, mining and surveying

Develop your problem-solving skills and learn to design, construct and test machines, systems, structures, materials and processes.

Health

Our health degrees give you plenty of hands-on experience – through fieldwork and placements in our clinics and research centres, and with our industry partners.

Information technology

Grow your knowledge in programming computers, administering networks, designing software and multimedia, and use artificial intelligence in real-life situations.

Physical sciences, geoscience and mathematics

Learn in facilities where research and discovery abound, and develop your expertise in future growth areas such as biochemistry, industrial modelling or physics.

University information

To study at Curtin, choose the course you wish to study and follow the steps to apply. You must satisfy our minimum academic entry requirements, course subject prerequisites and English language requirements for your preferred course. If you don’t meet these criteria, you may be able to gain entry into Curtin by applying for other admission pathways.

Scholarships

We offer a variety of merit-based and needs-based scholarships to make it easier for you to study with us.


Travel restrictions

If you are impacted by COVID-19 or other travel restrictions and are unable to come to Australia, you can apply to begin your study online in your home country. When international travel resumes, you can opt to complete your course at Curtin Perth.

IELTS - Masters

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

0

STAT - Masters

Minimum score

140

Maximum score

0

GMAT - Masters

Minimum score

600

Maximum score

0

GPA - Masters

Minimum score

2

Maximum score

0

TOEFL - Masters

Minimum score

79

Maximum score

0

Cambridge CAE Advanced - Masters

Minimum score

176

Maximum score

0

TOEFL - Bachelors

Minimum score

60

Maximum score

78

IELTS - Bachelors

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

0

SAT - Bachelors

Minimum score

1090

Maximum score

1600

ATAR - Bachelors

Minimum score

70

Maximum score

95

Cambridge CAE Advanced - Bachelors

Minimum score

52

Maximum score

0

PTE Academic - Bachelors

Minimum score

50

Maximum score

0

At Curtin, you’ll hone your skills in learning environments that simulate real workplaces, so you can step into your chosen career with confidence.

3D virtual bodies

Cut, pinch, rotate and zoom on a virtual human body with our Anatomage tables.

Astrodome

Featuring a live feed from a 12-inch Meade Refractor telescope, you’ll have a direct link to national and global astronomy projects.

Curtin Engineering Pavilion

The innovative design and technologies in the spacious Curtin Engineering Pavilion Complex double up as hands-on learning tools for engineering students.

School of Design and the Built Environment

The new technology-rich, five-storey building is designed with exposed mechanical, electrical and hydraulic services and structural elements to help you understand how buildings function.

Green Electric Energy Park (GEEP)

The GEEP laboratory enables you to conduct advanced experiments and research projects on various types of renewable energy sources.

Jeanette Hacket Moot Court

Take part in simulated court proceedings at our high-tech moot court facility in Perth city and practise your debating and legal skills in global student law competitions.

Management HQ

A highly interactive space ideal for brainstorming ideas, visualising and assimilating data, solving problems, formulating strategies and collaborating on projects.

Media production studio

Make your mark using interactive media facilities with HD and 4K-compatible technology, and industry-standard digital systems for recording and post-production editing and sound mixing.

Simulated hospital ward

Replicating a real hospital in Perth, our simulated hospital ward features acute medical and surgical areas, a critical-care area, a paediatric area and a general simulation room.

The Agency

Experience first-hand how major brands monitor their digital presence at our social media command centre.

Trading room

Walk straight into the centre of global finance, with Thomson Reuters terminals, international news services and live stock prices.

Curtin clinics

These clinics provide opportunities for health students to learn in professional environments.

Library

The technology-rich library is open 24 hours a day during semester. You can book a study room for working on group assignments or take a 20-minute power nap in one of the library’s sleep pods.

 

Stadium

Curtin Stadium is the home of sport and fitness. You can access a main gym, women’s gym, large group fitness area, indoor cycling studio, sports hall and multi-purpose courts, or join in one of the stadium’s social activities.

 

Faith and Religion

We welcome people of all faiths. You can access prayer rooms, talk with visiting chaplains, and join student clubs and societies.

Total students

24,264

UG students

86%

PG students

14%

International students

4,565

UG students

59%

PG students

41%

Total faculty staff

1,698

Domestic staff

41%

Int'l staff

59%

Student life

Live and learn on campus

Become part of a vibrant, inclusive campus with amenities and resources to help you make the most of your Curtin experience. There is a sense of community both in and out of the classroom, with collaborative learning spaces and outdoor leisure areas to enjoy between classes.

Curtin Perth Accommodation

Curtin has six on-campus accommodation options that are surrounded by recreational spaces. Our newest accommodation buildings, Twin Dolphin Hall and St Catherine’s College, form part of our industry-connected Exchange precinct. We also have student accommodation options at Curtin Kalgoorlie.

All our Perth accommodation options are a five-to-ten-minute walk from your classes and close to Curtin Stadium, Curtin Central Bus Interchange, and cafés and restaurants – offering all the convenience of an urban lifestyle and plenty of opportunities to make new friends.

And when you’re ready for a study break, you’re a short drive from the Perth CBD, Optus Stadium, the South Perth foreshore, local café strips and major shopping precincts.

Events and activities

Market days, multicultural week, live music and the Guild Ball are just a few of the amazing events held on campus.

Technological convenience

Wi-fi can be accessed across the campus and there’s a number of places on campus where you can recharge your devices. We also have several computer labs equipped with printing stations, scanners, graphic workstations, smart boards and current software.

Sport and social clubs

With a wide range of sports and social groups to choose from, you’re bound to stay healthy, happy and connected during your time at Curtin.

Food, glorious food

Whether you need coffee or kombucha, a quick sandwich or a hearty hot meal, you can get it on campus. We have great cafés and a variety of food trucks!

Supporting your health and wellbeing

Studying can be challenging at times, so we offer a range of health and wellbeing services based conveniently on campus. These include a physiotherapy clinic, and a medical centre where you can make an appointment to see a doctor, occupational therapist, psychologist, counsellor or social worker.  If you have a disability or you’re caring for someone with a disability, you can access support services and assistance to help you succeed at Curtin. Our Student Wellbeing Advisory service also offers free and confidential support for any issue that may be affecting you, no matter how big or small.

Study support

We acknowledge that university is different to school study, so we offer support to help you transition to university, such as for peer-to-peer tutoring and library help.

Settling in

You’ll start your course with Orientation Week, where you will receive lots of support from Curtin Connect and student advisors.

Get the course advice you need

Head to Building 102 Curtin Connect for advice on courses, applications, enrolment, getting your ID card and organising your timetable.

Security and personal safety

At Curtin Perth, we provide a 24/7 security patrol, after-hour security escort, campus courtesy bus, emergency telephone stations, the SafeZone safety app, secure-card building access and well-lit pathways.

Start your future career

Our courses are designed in close collaboration with industry experts to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge employers are looking for. Throughout your study, you’ll be introduced to professional settings through work integrated learning and internships.

Work integrated learning

Experiential learning is highly valued by employers. You will benefit from Curtin’s strong links to business and industry, working on real projects and research initiatives, undertaking internships and attending events and networking opportunities. You could visit industrial sites or plants, complete real projects in collaboration with industry, participate in laboratory work or go on field trips.

Career support

We can help you find part-time work in Perth to support you while you’re studying. We also offer career planning services to identify further study or career options, while our Global Careers service can connect you with employers around the world.

Internships

Industry placements are offered in many courses, so you can gain professional work experience while you study. Depending on your course, you could intern with one of Curtin’s many industry partners, local or national businesses, undertake a healthcare clinical placement or take a practicum in a school.

Business start-ups

Suitable for aspiring entrepreneurs, the weeklong Curtin Ignition training program helps you prepare your business ideas for the commercial environment.

Volunteering opportunities

If you’re keen to help others, Curtin Volunteers! Provides volunteering programs that enrich your student experience and develop your capabilities, while also benefiting communities throughout Western Australia.

Rankings & ratings

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #258
  • 2014
    #=284
  • 2015
    #=331
  • 2016
    #=284
  • 2017
    #=306
  • 2018
    #262
  • 2019
    #=250
  • 2020
    #230
  • 2021
    #217
  • 2022
    #=194

Ranking criteria

44.8
Overall
31.2
Academic Reputation
48.2
Employer Reputation
15.2
Faculty Student Ratio
84.6
Citations per Faculty
100
International Faculty Ratio
46
International Students Ratio
QS Stars is a rating system that helps you select the right university based on your interests. It provides a detailed look at an institution, identifying which universities rate highest in the specific topics that matter to you, like facilities, graduate employability, social responsibility, inclusiveness, and more.

Available programs

Curtin is acknowledged as a destination of choice for WA students, with more than 50 per cent of the state’s undergraduates making Curtin their first preference in 2020. The University is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities and 230th in the world in the 2020 QS World University Rankings.

Curtin collaborates with some of the largest companies in the world to stay at the forefront of innovation and equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and future focus that employers require.

In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, Curtin ranked second in the world for mineral and mining engineering, in the top 40 for earth and marine sciences, and in the top 100 for architecture/built environment, civil and construction engineering, education and sports-related subjects.

The University offers undergraduate courses across a variety of disciplines, including:

  • Agriculture, environment and sustainability
  • Architecture and construction
  • The arts and creative industries
  • Business, management and law
  • Culture, language and Indigenous
  • Education
  • Engineering and mining
  • Health
  • IT and computing
  • Physical sciences and mathematics.


Facilities
Curtin has technology-rich environments that immerse students in their courses. These learning spaces recreate real workplaces to enhance their study experience, helping them to graduate with practical experience that is applicable to the workplace.

For example, The Agency allows students to experience first-hand how major global brands monitor their digital presence while the stock market trading room provides them with access to an authentic trading room floor featuring the latest technology.

The simulated hospital ward allows health students to learn in a realistic hospital environment while the $32.5 million Curtin Engineering Pavilion Complex provides interactive visualisations of the building’s mechanical and chemical processes.


Flexible entry options

If students are unable to meet Curtin’s admission criteria, the University offers a range of flexible entry options to help students to qualify for a place on a bachelor degree course.

The UniReady Enabling Program is a short pathway program offered twice yearly that can lead to entry to a range of undergraduate courses, while enabling courses in science, engineering and health, and the Indigenous pre-medicine and health sciences enabling course provide pathways to engineering and science-based courses, and degrees in health and medicine.

Alongside the University, Curtin College offers various courses ranging from certificate IV to diploma level, which can help students gain eligibility to apply to Curtin.


Scholarships

A scholarship from Curtin can offer financial, academic and career support throughout domestic and international students’ studies. There is a range of options available, including scholarships for students experiencing financial hardship, merit-based scholarships for high achievers, as well as faculty-specific scholarships.


Exchange opportunities
Curtin has campuses in Perth, Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore and Mauritius, and partnerships with many universities across Europe, Asia and North America, providing opportunities for students to study part of their degree abroad and add a global dimension to their degree.

Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest university, welcoming more than 56,000 students, around a quarter of whom come from a country other than Australia.

In addition to the main campus in Perth, Curtin has campuses in Dubai, Kalgoorlie, Singapore, Malaysia and Mauritius, and course delivery through more than 90 partner institutions worldwide.

Curtin’s wide range of postgraduate courses are accredited, internationally recognised and relevant to today’s workplaces. Students benefit from Curtin’s strong links to business and industry and are supported by a range of services, including disability services, financial assistance, a childcare centre and scholarships.

For those who have been away from study for some time, Curtin offers a range of services and facilities to make the transition back to study as smooth as possible. Students have access to on-campus career advice and counseling, academic support and healthcare facilities, not to mention a vibrant and inclusive campus community.

Postgraduate courses, from graduate certificate to master degree and PhD, are offered across a variety of disciplines, including:

  • Agriculture, environment and sustainability
  • Architecture and construction
  • The arts and creative industries
  • Business, management and law
  • Culture, language and Indigenous
  • Education
  • Engineering and mining
  • Health
  • IT and computing
  • Physical sciences and mathematics.

Many courses are nested, providing accelerated study options.

Rankings and research
Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities and 230th in the world in the 2020 QS World University Rankings.

The University leads a number of major international research projects in minerals and energy, defence, data analytics and emerging technologies, health sciences, astronomy, sustainable development and agriculture and is involved with more than 70 research centres and collaborations, including the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy, the Centre for Crop and Disease Management and Innovation Central Perth.

Flexible study and student support

There are flexible study options to suit different interests and career goals. Depending on their course, students may have the opportunity to transfer between campuses or complete their course online. Some courses offer evening and weekend classes, allowing students to study in conjunction with full-time or part-time work.


Scholarships
There is a wide range of postgraduate scholarships available across a variety of courses for both international and domestic students.


About Perth
Situated on the beautiful western coast of Australia, Perth is a safe, picturesque and multicultural city, and is one of the most affordable cities to live in Australia. The city centre is home to Elizabeth Quay, colourful shopping malls, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Yagan Square – a community space reflective of both culture and history – as well as many beautiful parks and gardens.

Cafés and restaurants are peppered throughout the city, offering cultural cuisine from around the world. The nearby historic Fremantle markets are a major tourist attraction as is the Swan Valley with its fusion of wine, food, art, scenery and nature. The city hosts domestic and international cricket and football competitions as well as music concerts, live entertainment, festivals and performance arts.

Perth has a domestic and an international airport, and is located in the same time zone as Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing and Kuala Lumpur. The Perth metropolitan area is very well serviced with bus, train and ferry public transport services and an extensive road network. The international airport is just a 20-minute drive from the city.


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