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Postgraduate admission requirements

Postgraduate Studies by Coursework

For admission into Curtin Malaysia, you must provide evidence of completion of a degree from a recognised university and provide evidence of English language proficiency. In addition, you may need to meet specific course prerequisites.

As all courses at Curtin Malaysia are taught in English, you will need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirements based on the completion of a bachelor’s degree course in which English was the language of instruction. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Any one of the tests in the following table can also be accepted as satisfying Curtin’s English language requirement:
Minimum English Language Entry Requirements
Results for IELTS and TOEFL are valid for two years.

English Language TestScore
Writing and Speaking
Reading and Listening
Overall Band Score

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)79 (band minimum
W-21, L-13, R-13,
*Different programmes require different IELTS results. Each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Postgraduate Studies by Research

Applicants for Master of Philosophy must have completed a bachelor’s degree with first or second-class honours or their equivalent; a postgraduate diploma or its equivalent; or a bachelor’s degree with superior performance, together with relevant and substantial work experience.

Applicants for a Doctor of Philosophy must have completed a master’s by research degree or bachelor’s degree with first or upper-second-class honours. Applicants who have only completed a Bachelor’s pass degree may also be considered if they can demonstrate superior academic achievement, significant research or work experience, and the capacity to undertake significant research.

Applications for higher degrees by research can be made at any time of the year. You will need to consult the Dean, Curtin Malaysia Graduate School, Faculty Postgraduate Studies Coordinator, Dean of Faculty, Head of Department or any individual academic staff member in the relevant teaching area to discuss the suitability of your proposed research topic. You will also need to meet Curtin’s entry requirements and ensure that a supervisor and facilities are available to accommodate your research.