Higher Degree by Research

Curtin Business School (CBS) is the largest teaching division of Curtin University and one of the most comprehensive business schools in Australia. There are more than three hundred Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students across the nine enrolling areas including the seven teaching areas. Many of the HDR students come from overseas and their research topics span across Australia and overseas. With the strong international profile of our staff and HDR students, CBS is truly a multinational school in terms of research. We are committed to providing HDR students with a unique, long lasting research experience by offering a range of academic and non-academic support programs.

The Faculty of Business and Law offers PhD, DBA and MPhil programs. Our research is applied and helps solve real business challenges in Australia and around the world. We are committed to providing opportunities so you can:

  • Gain an international perspective
  • Build a strong network
  • Learn practical skills for the workplace
  • Benefit from our research collaborations

Whether you have just completed an undergraduate degree with honours, or have extensive industry experience and completed a masters degree, we will support you so you can feel confident in choosing to study one of our research degrees.

A higher degree by research (HDR) is a program at Master’s or Doctoral level in which at least two-thirds of the study program involves research. Although some coursework may be required to be completed, a higher degree by research generally does not follow a structure of lectures, tutorials, assessment items and examinations. Instead, the main part of a research degree is in the form of a thesis written under the guidance of a supervisor and other thesis committee members. Different Schools may require some coursework units to be completed. Higher Degree by Research students form a close relationship with their supervisor and research projects can last several years.

Choose our research degrees

There are three types of research degrees that you can study in the Faculty of Business and Law, depending on your academic and professional background.

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Search for a supervisor

After you have chosen your research degree and are preparing your higher degree by research application, it’s a good idea to find your supervisor. Your supervisor will be the person who you work with most closely during your research.

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A higher degree by research 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 academia, industry and society.