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