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Higher degree by research

A higher degree by research (HDR) is your chance to pursue a specialist area in your field and build knowledge in your profession. You’ll make discoveries and we’ll help turn them into real-world outcomes that are highly valued by both academia and industry.

Embark on a journey of discovery

Find a supervisor

Before you apply for a research program, you’re encouraged to find a supervisor to discuss your research proposal.

Commercialise your research

If you have a ground-breaking idea, our commercialisation team can help to develop your research into a marketable technology, product or service.

Research scholarships

We manage a number of scholarships that could assist you while you are studying.

What you can expect

Dedicated study support

Your enrolling school will have a dedicated Director of Graduate Research to support your research experience at Curtin.

Training and development

You can gain additional transferable skills, and knowledge to help you succeed in a career within or external to academia, through our HDR professional development programs.

Industry connections

By researching at Curtin, you’ll be able to engage with a range of partner organisations nationally and internationally.

Curtin student, Fatch Kalembo standing on a green oval, looking at camera and smiling

Fatch Kalembo, Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing and Midwifery)

My research supervisors were very supportive throughout my PhD program. My research has been recognised with multiple awards, and I have been able to present at national and international conferences.

2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey

Curtin graduates with a research degree earned the highest median salaries among their graduate peers in WA, and the equal second highest in Australia.