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Urban and Regional Planning

Doctorate by Research

DR-URPLAN

Course
Doctor of Philosophy - Urban and Regional Planning
Duration
4 years full-time
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

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Doctoral Degrees prepares students to acquire a systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning and specialised research skills to advance learning and/or professional practice corresponding to AQF level 10 qualifications.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why research at Curtin

Curtin is widely recognised for applied research firmly focused on solving real-world problems. Underpinning our research endeavours are strong partnerships with industry, business and government, which result in outcomes that greatly benefit the broader community locally, nationally and globally. Our international reputation for being a strong partner in industry-driven research ensures our graduates enjoy outstanding opportunities to become innovators in their fields.

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate expert understanding of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that knowledge and their practice;
  • think critically, evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake systematic investigation and reflect on theory and practice to generate original knowledge;
  • apply expert creative, technical and professional skills to the field of work or learning;
  • explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions;
  • present a complex investigation of originality or original research for external examination against international standards;
  • communicate complex research concepts, plans and outcomes to the general community, peers and the national and international research community;
  • design, implement, analyse, theorise and communicate research that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge and/or professional practice;

Admission criteria

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Applicants are required to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed research course. Generally, this may be a master degree or bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours. See the Section 3.2.1 of the HDR admission policy for detailed information.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 6.5
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2022

Research Term 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2023

Research Term 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Research Term 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2024

Research Term 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Research Term 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2025

Research Term 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Research Term 2
  • On campus
  • Online

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  • Curtin course code: DR-URPLAN
  • CRICOS code: 050586K
  • Last updated on: June 29, 2022