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Degree types

There are many different degree types and study areas at Curtin. Whether you’re looking to study a four-year bachelor degree or a semester-long graduate certificate, Curtin offers you choices to suit your needs.

Undergraduate course types

Bachelor degree

This is the most popular choice for undergraduate study. A bachelor degree is designed for students with no prior experience of university education. You will develop a significant in-depth body of knowledge in your chosen area over the length of your course. Many courses allow you to choose one or more subjects to specialise in, called majors. At Curtin, bachelor degrees are three or four years of full-time study. The standard length is three years.

Four-year degrees are known as professional degrees. These courses often equip you with extra technical and practical skills, which may be necessary for a profession and required by accrediting organisations.

Honours program

An honours program a one-year extension to a bachelor degree. It comprises coursework at an advanced level and research or project work.

Double degrees

Double degrees are a combined program of learning in which you can complete two bachelor degrees concurrently. It takes less time to study a double degree than it would normally take to complete the two degrees sequentially.

Postgraduate course types

Graduate certificate

As a short vocationally-oriented program, graduate certificate courses are designed to develop skills in a specialised area of study (one semester).

Graduate diploma

The graduate diploma is a specialised, vocationally oriented award usually completed in two semesters. Entry is usually based on completion of a bachelor degree or diploma (one year).

Graduate entry master

Graduate entry master courses provide a fast-track learning experience for students who already hold a bachelor degree (three semesters to two years).

Master degree

A school may accept you into a master degree provided you hold appropriate qualifications as decided by the head of school (three semesters to two years).

Higher degree by research

A higher degree by research differs from other postgraduate degrees in that at least two-thirds of the study program must involve research. Although some coursework units may be required, the main part of your work will be in the form of a thesis written under the guidance of a supervisor and associate supervisor(s).

Master of Philosophy

The Master of Philosophy aims to expand knowledge beyond the undergraduate honours or postgraduate diploma level, culminating in a research thesis. Upon completion of a master by research degree, you may apply to be considered for entry into a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program.

Doctor of Philosophy

As a doctoral research degree candidate, you will uncover new knowledge either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative reinterpretation of known data and established ideas. Your research will use an in-depth understanding of theories and concepts to develop practical solutions for real-world problems.