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Curtin University

Location

Curtin Perth, Perth Australia

Ranking

# 174QS World University Rankings

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93Undergraduate programs

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166Postgraduate programs

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5+QS stars

About Curtin University

Curtin University is a world-ranked, global university known for immersive learning approaches, high-impact research and successful industry partnerships.  The University is named after Australia’s most popular prime minister, John Curtin, who was a journalist before transitioning to politics in the 1920s. We take our future-focused approach from his statement that a great university must “look ever forward; for it the past should be but a preparation for the greater days to be.”

World rankings

Curtin’s international expansion and strong research focus have seen the University rise rapidly in international rankings, and we now maintain a place in the top 1% of universities globally (ARWU 2023). We also rank in the top 200 universities in the QS World University Rankings (2024), and have achieved a QS Five Stars Plus rating, the highest available for a tertiary institution. We are particularly known for the excellence of our resources-related programs, ranking 1st in Australia and 2nd in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering, and top-30 rankings for Geology and Geophysics (QSWUR by Subject 2023). 

Global opportunities

Curtin’s campuses are welcoming, culturally diverse learning and research environments. At Curtin, you’ll enjoy being part of a vibrant student community with global connections.

We have global campuses in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius and Dubai. As a Curtin student, you therefore have the opportunity to travel to and study at other campuses, or at many partner universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America or South America. Sharing your studies between two or more Curtin campuses, or at one of our partner universities, means that experience of other cultures and build international networks that can be valuable to your career and your personal life.

Research 

As a university with a reputation for innovation, Curtin excels in a diverse range of research areas that aim to make tomorrow better for communities all over the world. Demonstrating this, in the most recent national research assessment, Excellence in Research for Australia, Curtin performed strongly, with 95% of our research areas assessed 'at or above world-class level'.

We lead or contribute to 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.

Immersive learning in advanced facilities

Curtin’s 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. Demonstrating the success of our approach, The Good Universities Guide (2024) rates Curtin as Western Australia’s top public university for graduate employment and starting salary – and has done for the past five years.

These are just a selection of our immersive learning facilities at Curtin Perth:

Resources and Chemistry Precinct

Our Resources and Chemistry Precinct is a hub for science and engineering learning and research. It includes several laboratories and collaboration spaces, and hosts Western Australia’s leading provider of chemical and forensic science services, the ChemCentre.

The Astrodome

Featuring a live feed from a 12-inch Meade Refractor telescope, our physics students have a direct link to national and global astronomy projects. 

Curtin Engineering Pavilion

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

School of Design and the Built Environment

This excellent new building in Curtin Perth’s Exchange Precinct has mechanical, electrical and hydraulic services and structural elements exposed so that our design and architecture students can observe how buildings function. 

Green Electric Energy Park (GEEP)

The GEEP laboratory enables our science and engineering students to conduct advanced experiments and research projects on renewable energy sources. 

Simulated hospital ward

Replicating a real Western Australian hospital ward, this facility includes acute medical and surgical areas, a critical-care area, a paediatric area and a general simulation room. The simulated hospital ward allows health students to learn in a realistic hospital environment.

Simulated pharmacy

Our pharmacy students gain experience in dispensing medications and managing stock in our purpose-built model pharmacy.

PC2 Superlab

Curtin’s physical containment level 2, or PC2, teaching lab features advanced equipment to help identify and classify bacteria, enabling our students to analyse samples and report results as an industry laboratory would.

Allied health clinics

Curtin Health Sciences students gain practical experience with real patients, through placements in specialist clinics in psychology, physiotherapy, exercise, oral health or speech.

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.

Curtin Tax Clinic

This student-run clinic is where our taxation students help members of the public with their tax return, under the supervision of experienced tax practitioners.

Stock trading tools

At Curtin Business School, students can get hands-on experience with Refinitiv Eikon trading and financial analysis software, the tools that professional stock traders use.

Media Production Studio

This studio has interactive media facilities with HD and 4K-compatible technology, and industry-standard digital recording and post-production vision and sound editing systems.

Curtin HIVE: the Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch

The HIVE is a learning and research facility comprising advanced equipment for visualisation, virtualisation and simulation.

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Curtin has a dedicated ‘Curtinnovation’ team that delivers a range of entrepreneurship programs. For example, over the past 22 years, our Ignition program has upskilled more than 700 entrepreneurs and 550 new businesses to make their mark in the start-up industry.

And in 2024, Curtin is offering a new Bachelor of Innovation degree, for students who think outside the box, strive for change, or aspire to set up their own future businesses.

About Curtin University

Curtin University is a world-ranked, global university known for immersive learning approaches, high-impact research and successful industry partnerships.  The University is named after Australia’s most popular prime minister, John Curtin, who was a journalist before transitioning to politics in the 1920s. We take our future-focused approach from his statement that a great university must “look ever forward; for it the past should be but a preparation for the greater days to be.”

World rankings

Curtin’s international expansion and strong research focus have seen the University rise rapidly in international rankings, and we now maintain a place in the top 1% of universities globally (ARWU 2023). We also rank in the top 200 universities in the QS World University Rankings (2024), and have achieved a QS Five Stars Plus rating, the highest available for a tertiary institution. We are particularly known for the excellence of our resources-related programs, ranking 1st in Australia and 2nd in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering, and top-30 rankings for Geology and Geophysics (QSWUR by Subject 2023). 

Global opportunities

Curtin’s campuses are welcoming, culturally diverse learning and research environments. At Curtin, you’ll enjoy being part of a vibrant student community with global connections.

We have global campuses in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius and Dubai. As a Curtin student, you therefore have the opportunity to travel to and study at other campuses, or at many partner universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America or South America. Sharing your studies between two or more Curtin campuses, or at one of our partner universities, means that experience of other cultures and build international networks that can be valuable to your career and your personal life.

Research 

As a university with a reputation for innovation, Curtin excels in a diverse range of research areas that aim to make tomorrow better for communities all over the world. Demonstrating this, in the most recent national research assessment, Excellence in Research for Australia, Curtin performed strongly, with 95% of our research areas assessed 'at or above world-class level'.

We lead or contribute to 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.

Immersive learning in advanced facilities

Curtin’s 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. Demonstrating the success of our approach, The Good Universities Guide (2024) rates Curtin as Western Australia’s top public university for graduate employment and starting salary – and has done for the past five years.

These are just a selection of our immersive learning facilities at Curtin Perth:

Resources and Chemistry Precinct

Our Resources and Chemistry Precinct is a hub for science and engineering learning and research. It includes several laboratories and collaboration spaces, and hosts Western Australia’s leading provider of chemical and forensic science services, the ChemCentre.

The Astrodome

Featuring a live feed from a 12-inch Meade Refractor telescope, our physics students have a direct link to national and global astronomy projects. 

Curtin Engineering Pavilion

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

School of Design and the Built Environment

This excellent new building in Curtin Perth’s Exchange Precinct has mechanical, electrical and hydraulic services and structural elements exposed so that our design and architecture students can observe how buildings function. 

Green Electric Energy Park (GEEP)

The GEEP laboratory enables our science and engineering students to conduct advanced experiments and research projects on renewable energy sources. 

Simulated hospital ward

Replicating a real Western Australian hospital ward, this facility includes acute medical and surgical areas, a critical-care area, a paediatric area and a general simulation room. The simulated hospital ward allows health students to learn in a realistic hospital environment.

Simulated pharmacy

Our pharmacy students gain experience in dispensing medications and managing stock in our purpose-built model pharmacy.

PC2 Superlab

Curtin’s physical containment level 2, or PC2, teaching lab features advanced equipment to help identify and classify bacteria, enabling our students to analyse samples and report results as an industry laboratory would.

Allied health clinics

Curtin Health Sciences students gain practical experience with real patients, through placements in specialist clinics in psychology, physiotherapy, exercise, oral health or speech.

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.

Curtin Tax Clinic

This student-run clinic is where our taxation students help members of the public with their tax return, under the supervision of experienced tax practitioners.

Stock trading tools

At Curtin Business School, students can get hands-on experience with Refinitiv Eikon trading and financial analysis software, the tools that professional stock traders use.

Media Production Studio

This studio has interactive media facilities with HD and 4K-compatible technology, and industry-standard digital recording and post-production vision and sound editing systems.

Curtin HIVE: the Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch

The HIVE is a learning and research facility comprising advanced equipment for visualisation, virtualisation and simulation.

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Curtin has a dedicated ‘Curtinnovation’ team that delivers a range of entrepreneurship programs. For example, over the past 22 years, our Ignition program has upskilled more than 700 entrepreneurs and 550 new businesses to make their mark in the start-up industry.

And in 2024, Curtin is offering a new Bachelor of Innovation degree, for students who think outside the box, strive for change, or aspire to set up their own future businesses.

Available programs

We offer degree and postgraduate courses across 10 study areas, with many courses offering part-time and online study options. 

Agriculture, environment and sustainability 

Our planet needs highly educated people to sustainably manage natural and farmed environments, while providing the resources for the world’s ever-increasing human population.

Architecture and construction

Communities all around the world need architects to reimagine our living spaces and build a better tomorrow. A Curtin course in architecture or construction will teach you how to design sustainable buildings that create positive change.

Arts, culture and creative industries 

A Curtin arts and creative industries course will develop your creativity, encourage you to explore new technologies and teach you to apply critical thinking to real industry situations.

Business, innovation, management and law 

Curtin Business School and Curtin Law School offer internationally recognised courses with strong industry connections and high-quality teaching, ensuring you graduate ready to step into your career of choice.

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 life skills – which helps students in the classroom and beyond. Gain an Education qualification at Curtin and help others fulfil their potential.

Engineering, mining and surveying 

Learn how to design, construct and test machines, systems, structures, materials and processes, while developing strong problem-solving skills.

Health 

If you’ve always wanted to heal and make a positive impact on people, Curtin offers practical health sciences courses that lead to rewarding careers.

Information technology 

Our information technology courses equip you with the skills you want for a rewarding and challenging career – from programming and coding, to network administration, cyber security, software and multimedia design, and game development.

Physical sciences, geoscience and mathematics

Science and mathematics are the pillars of invention and technological advancement. Gain expertise in an in-demand area such as environmental science, extractive metallurgy, data science, biomedical science, biochemistry, industrial modelling and more – and help drive discovery and innovation.

Bachelor of Laws

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We offer degree and postgraduate courses across 10 study areas, with many courses offering part-time and online study options. 

Agriculture, environment and sustainability 

Our planet needs highly educated people to sustainably manage natural and farmed environments, while providing the resources for the world’s ever-increasing human population.

Architecture and construction

Communities all around the world need architects to reimagine our living spaces and build a better tomorrow. A Curtin course in architecture or construction will teach you how to design sustainable buildings that create positive change.

Arts, culture and creative industries 

A Curtin arts and creative industries course will develop your creativity, encourage you to explore new technologies and teach you to apply critical thinking to real industry situations.

Business, innovation, management and law 

Curtin Business School and Curtin Law School offer internationally recognised courses with strong industry connections and high-quality teaching, ensuring you graduate ready to step into your career of choice.

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 life skills – which helps students in the classroom and beyond. Gain an Education qualification at Curtin and help others fulfil their potential.

Engineering, mining and surveying 

Learn how to design, construct and test machines, systems, structures, materials and processes, while developing strong problem-solving skills.

Health 

If you’ve always wanted to heal and make a positive impact on people, Curtin offers practical health sciences courses that lead to rewarding careers.

Information technology 

Our information technology courses equip you with the skills you want for a rewarding and challenging career – from programming and coding, to network administration, cyber security, software and multimedia design, and game development.

Physical sciences, geoscience and mathematics

Science and mathematics are the pillars of invention and technological advancement. Gain expertise in an in-demand area such as environmental science, extractive metallurgy, data science, biomedical science, biochemistry, industrial modelling and more – and help drive discovery and innovation.

Master of Finance

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Master of TESOL

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University information

To apply to study a Curtin University course, select your preferred course and follow the steps to apply. You must satisfy the academic entry requirements, course subject prerequisites and English language requirements for the course. 

Alternative entry options

If you do not meet all the criteria, you may gain entry to Curtin by applying via our alternative entry pathways. For example, the UniReady Enabling Program is a short pathway program that can lead to entry to various undergraduate courses. Enabling courses in science, engineering and health sciences also offer alternative entry pathways. In addition, the University’s affiliated Curtin College offers courses that can help students gain the eligibility to apply to a Curtin undergraduate course.
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 international and domestic students.

General

3+
304+
580+
21+
1000+
60+
24+
58+
176+
79+
6.5+

Bachelor

60+
6+
1090+
70+
52+
50+

Master

6.5+
140+
600+
2.7+
79+
176+

Curtin Perth has a strong sense of connection and community, both within and beyond classrooms. Collaborative learning spaces and outdoor leisure areas provide our students with many choices of where to meet for socialising or teamwork. Curtin students also enjoy a range of activities, such as music, food and cultural events; sports and fitness; social clubs and societies; and volunteer activities.

Robertson Library

Curtin Perth’s main library, the TL Robertson Library, has recently been renovated, transforming into a beautiful, light-filled building with many spaces for studying and socialising with friends. There are group areas, an entire floor dedicated to quiet study, and a reading room with a tranquil view of the campus. There is also a Makerspace with tools and materials for creative activities, a student kitchen and a café. You can even take a 20-minute power nap in a sleep pod!

Curtin Stadium

Curtin Stadium is a hub of sport and fitness at Curtin Perth. Students can use a gym (and there’s a dedicated women’s gym), fitness area, indoor cycling studio, sports hall and multi-purpose courts.

Curtin Exchange

Curtin Perth’s latest development is the Exchange precinct. Exchange is an integrated education and industry precinct, home to our new School of Design and the Built Environment, a hotel, residential apartments, retail and food  outlets and modern student accommodation. 

On-campus accommodation

Curtin Perth has six on-campus accommodation options, managed by St Catherine’s College and UniLodge, for you to choose from. All options are close to the University and various amenities, giving you the convenience of an urban lifestyle and the opportunity to form new friendships with other students who come from all over the world to study at Curtin.

And when you’re ready for a break and want to explore, it’s an easy public transport ride or a short drive to the city, major shopping and cuisine precincts, and many sightseeing destinations.

Faith and religion

We welcome people of all faiths. Curtin staff and students have access to prayer rooms and the Curtin Student Guild supports a range of faith-based clubs and societies. 

Security and personal safety

Our Safer Community Team is dedicated to keeping our students and staff safe on campus. Available 24/7, the team offers a security escort service, mechanical assistance, secure building access and the SafeZone security app.

Curtin English

Curtin English is a language school at Curtin Perth that offers English language courses tailored to the needs of our international students. Curtin English offers flexible courses that can be studied in-person, online, full-time or part-time.

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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.

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

13,800 AUD
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International Students

16,900 AUD
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One of the important factors when considering a master's degree is the cost of study. Luckily, there are many options available to help students fund their master's programme. Download your copy of the Scholarship Guide to find out which scholarships from around the world could be available to you, and how to apply for them.

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Rankings & ratings

Curtin University is one of the top universities in Perth, Australia. It is ranked #174 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #258
  • 2014
    #=284
  • 2015
    #=331
  • 2016
    #=284
  • 2017
    #=306
  • 2018
    #262
  • 2019
    #=250
  • 2020
    #230
  • 2021
    #217
  • 2022
    #=194
  • 2023
    #193
  • 2024
    #183
  • 2025
    #174
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