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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

PhD(Curtin) - Doctor of Philosophy
Location Curtin Singapore campus
Study method On-campus
Study mode Full-time or part-time
Intake February, July
Duration 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time

We offer research degrees in most disciplines, for those who hold a master degree or bachelor degree with first or upper-second class honours.

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.

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). Your thesis must, in the opinion of the examiners, be a substantial original contribution to the knowledge or understanding of any field through the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative reinterpretation of known data and established ideas. It must also demonstrate your capacity to conceive, design and complete independent research.

Throughout your studies, our faculties will provide you with access to equipment and resources to support your research, and financial assistance to attend appropriate local and international conferences.

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. Find out more about our research at Curtin Singapore here.

Learning outcomes

Doctoral Degrees require students to undertake a program of independent supervised study and produce significant and original research outcomes culminating in a thesis, dissertation, exegesis or equivalent for independent examination.

  1. Demonstrate expert understanding of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that knowledge and their practice
  2. Think critically, evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake systematic investigation and reflect on theory and practice to generate original knowledge
  3. Apply expert creative, technical and professional skills to the field of work or learning
  4. Explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions
  5. Present a complex investigation of originality or original research for external examination against international standards
  6. Communicate complex research concepts, plans and outcomes to the general community, peers and the national and international research community
  7. Design, implement, analyse, theorise and communicate research that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge and/or professional practice

Admission criteria

Applicants for a Doctoral Degree are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards. Applicants require a Master Degree (Research) or Bachelor Honours Degree (first or second class) or a high standard in either a Master Degree (Coursework) or Bachelor Degree with a Graduate Diploma (or equivalent).


Tuition feeFee before 9% GSTFee including 9% GST
Local studentsS$64,880S$70,719.20
International students S$120,400S$131,236

Tuition fees are payable over semester instalments.

Fees listed are indicative and subject to annual increases.

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