University profile

Curtin University of Technology

2019/20 edition

About Curtin University of Technology

Start your career at Curtin

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Curtin University is the largest university in Western Australia. With undergraduate, postgraduate and research opportunities available, Curtin's courses come with international recognition and a global perspective, so our students are recognised and sought after by employers worldwide.

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as research opportunities, through our four main study areas: business, science and engineering, health sciences and humanities.

Study at Curtin


Curtin's flagship Bentley Campus is in Perth, and we have multiple campuses located in Singapore, Sarawak (Malaysia) and Sydney. Collectively, Curtin's campuses enrol more than 46,000 students from over 110 countries. With established links to 90 international institutions in more than 40 countries, Curtin students have great potential to enhance their career development, travel and study prospects.

Reach your potential

In recent years, Curtin has invested heavily in advanced teaching and research facilities to provide students with contemporary learning experiences and opportunities. These include:

  • A$116 million Resources and Chemistry Precinct, accommodating the largest concentration of researchers in the southern hemisphere.
  • A$20.5 million Engineering Pavilion, officially opened by Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2011.
  • Carrick Award-winning Engineering Foundation Year Studio.
  • A$2.5 million Health Sciences Graduate Research Hub.
  • Go Global program: opportunities for selected health sciences students to complete work placements in the Ukraine, India, South Africa and China.
  • Oyster: a programme for undergraduate and postgraduate students to develop industry skills and contacts through workshops and events.

Did you know?

  • Curtin is ranked in the world's top 300 universities in the 2012 QS World Rankings, remaining steady at 258th.
  • In the 2012 QS World University Rankings by Subject, Curtin rated among the top 100 universities in the world in the disciplines of chemical engineering, earth and marine sciences, statistics and operational research, accounting and finance, and education. Curtin also ranked among the world's top 200 universities in the fields of computer science and information systems, civil engineering, communication and media studies, and pharmacy and pharmacology.
  • Curtin has one of only five accredited actuarial science programs in Australia, and is the only one in Western Australia.
  • The award-winning MBA program from Curtin's Graduate School of Business is ranked number 46 in the world (up from 58 in 2011) and third in Australia in The Economist magazine's Which MBA? survey. The survey also listed Curtin's MBA as number one in Australia for personal development and educational experience, student quality, and student diversity. Curtin's MBA also has AMBA accreditation.

Experience Perth

Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and is recognised internationally for offering an amazing standard of living to both its visitors and residents. The largest Australian state, Western Australia maintains strong relationships with neighbouring countries and is a gateway to Asian cities. Residents of Perth enjoy more hours of sunshine than any other Australian capital city.

Perth's attractions are many and varied-sunny blue skies, a comfortable climate, popular bars and restaurants, all types of shops and services, cinemas, theatres, music venues, international food courts, sports facilities, excellent public transport, and many more.

"I have done lots of things here which I don't think would have been possible if I had gone to uni in the UK-like being able to go to the beach! There is a big mix of cultures here and everyone is very accepting. I've met people form all over the world and it's really interesting to learn about their countries. This is an opportunity of a lifetime."

Claire Assiter, UK student, Bachelor of Arts

In 2011, Perth hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), a biennial meeting of global Commonwealth leaders. The event showcased the state's culture and economy, which has remained buoyant in the face of the recent global financial crisis. Western Australia's mining and resources industries continue to thrive, heralding international projects, strong employment figures and a rise in construction activity. In 2011, the value of Western Australia's mining and petroleum industry reached a record A$107 billion, with growth set to continue.

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Research capabilities

Curtin has established four areas of research strength: health, information communication technology and emerging technologies, minerals and energy, and sustainable development. The multidisciplinary and collaborative native of Curtin's research programs is made possible not only by the University's solid research partnerships with industry, but also by the diversity of high-impact research centres and institutes.

In 2010, the Australian Government conducted an Excellence in Research survey of higher education institutions throughout the country. At the four-digit Field of Research level, Curtin achieved ratings of four and five-above and well above world standard-for analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, geochemistry, geology, curriculum and pedagology, medical microbiology and cultural studies. Overall, Curtin achieved world standard or higher rankings in 20 discipline groups.

For more information, visit our research website.

Graduate success

In March 2011, dedicated Curtin University graduate Liz Gosling won the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) award for her services to local government. During her former role as an operational manager in Islington, Liz implemented legislation to protect children in care and established a reviewing service that became recognised in the UK for its high standards and innovation. Liz graduated from Curtin with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Social Work) in 1980 and has over 30 years' experience in her field.

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Study areas

Curtin Business School

Curtin Business School (CBS) is one of the largest and most innovative business schools in the region. With 21 single majors and over 54 double majors within the Bachelor of Commerce program, CBS offers courses that are flexible, relevant and tailored to meet the needs of our rapidly changing business environment. The school is home to innovative facilities such as the CBS Trading Room, the only facility of its kind at any Western Australian university, and Curtin Business Club.

Science and Engineering

Science and Engineering is one of the largest faculties within Curtin, with students enrolled in more than 200 courses at levels ranging from bachelor to doctorate. These include major areas such as engineering, agriculture, computing, mining, physics, chemistry, and mathematics education.

Educating the oil and gas professionals of the future, Curtin's petroleum engineering courses prepare students for a career in the upstream petroleum industry. Programs are offered at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, with graduates immediately employable in the industry due to a global shortage of qualified petroleum engineers.

Bolstered by strong industry links, professional recognition, course relevance and fascinating local geology, Curtin's geosciences courses benefit from investments into student facilities, including the contemporary new Spatial Sciences Studio. Recognised for its sophisticated geosciences programs in the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia survey of Australian higher education institutes, Curtin achieved the highest possible ranking for the earth sciences discipline overall and for the sub-discipline of geology, indicating outstanding performance well above world standard.

Health Sciences

Curtin has one of the largest and most comprehensive health science facilities in the Asia-Pacific region, educating more health professionals than any other university in WA. The Faculty of Health Sciences offers many courses that are accredited nationally and internationally recognised, and is committed to providing extensive practical experience for students in real settings such as private practices, hospitals and specialist clinics. With a recent A$9 million investment into occupational therapy teaching and learning facilities, the faculty is the first in Australia to introduce an interprofessional curriculum that approaches each discipline holistically rather than individually.


Courses from the Faculty of Humanities are applied, creative and relevant to contemporary society. The faculty caters for students interested in areas of study such as social sciences, architecture, design, mass communication, teaching, Asian languages, English, social work, art, construction, records management, library studies and multimedia design. Students have access to excellent facilities, including an on-campus theatre, art gallery, student newspaper, radio station, and film and television studio.

Contact details

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Curtin International
+61 8 9266 7331
+61 8 9266 2605 or +61 8 9266 4013
GPO Box S1512
Western Australia 6845