Curtin University Information  


Curtin University is Western Australia's largest university and a community of great cultural diversity. We have a strong commitment and responsibility to prepare our graduates to live and work in a global environment. We're widely recognised for the practical and applied nature of our courses, which equip graduates with essential skills through exposure to industry and business. This combination ensures our graduates are effective in the workplace immediately after they've graduated.

As part of this approach, Curtin fosters successful partnerships with industry, business and government to enhance the quality of our scholarships, teaching and research. We'll continue to develop existing partnerships and to establish new ones in areas relevant to our research and teaching.

The Student Guild plays a vital role in representing the interests of all students in all aspects of University life. Curtin also has a Centrelink office, as well as a branch of BankWest, a child care centre, a pharmacy, a travel agent, a variety of cafes, a tavern and a hairdresser.

Curtin offers a range of programs that enable our students to get more out of university life. All Curtin students have the opportunity to broaden their experience by interacting with 'UNILIFE'. Curtin provides innovative programs to ensure our graduates enter the marketplace with an edge. More than 60 major research centres and institutes provide students with opportunities to be part of cutting-edge research, which often leads to exciting and dynamic career paths.


Scholarships are part of Curtin's commitment to rewarding academic excellence and enabling students from all backgrounds to realise their potential, to graduate with high practical employability skills and to achieve their ambitions. Curtin offers a number of undergraduate scholarships over a wide range of disciplines. Scholarships are awarded for Academic Merit to reward students who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement over the course of their studies; and are also available to students who have overcome significant barriers (including educational disadvantage, financial disadvantage, disability, rural and remote isolation). Curtin also offers specialised scholarships in particular fields of study and one-off awards to students who are nominated by their Principal or receive the top ATAR in their school. A large number of Commonwealth Scholarships are also available to Curtin enrolled students. Further information is available at

Campuses and Centres

Bentley Campus

The Bentley Campus is the academic base for most of our students, bringing together a diversity of ages, cultures and learning disciplines. It covers 116 hectares and has a large number of retail outlets including banking services, bookshops, cafes and a chemist. A range of support services is available to you, including learning support, health, counselling and disability services. A non-denominational University Chaplain is available to all students, providing wide-ranging support, assisted by occasional visiting chaplains. Housing Services offers a comprehensive housing service to students and staff. With 1,175 bed places on or adjacent to the Bentley campus and an extensive database of private accommodation options, we can help you find suitable housing with minimum delay. Seven residences are located on the Bentley campus (see

Kalgoorlie Campus

The Kalgoorlie Campus is home to Curtin's Western Australian School of Mines (WASM). The second year of all mining and metallurgy courses is offered at both the Bentley and Kalgoorlie Campuses while third and fourth years of all mining and metallurgy courses are only offered at the Kalgoorlie campus. This enables you to capitalise on the opportunity to study and work in WA's mining capital.

Curtin Sydney

Curtin Sydney offers foundation, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate courses. You can choose Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) programs majoring in Accounting, Marketing and Management, as well as pathway courses including a Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation Program and a Diploma in Commerce. For further information on applying to our Sydney Campus, visit or contact the Sydney Campus on (02) 8399 7888.

Curtin Singapore

Curtin Singapore gives access to a quality education in one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities. See for further information.

Curtin Sarawak

Curtin's Sarawak campus was established by invitation of the Sarawak State Government. It offers programs in business administration, commerce, science and engineering. Visit for further information.


Admission requirements

You're only eligible for selection to Curtin courses if you meet admission requirements.

There are a number of ways you can satisfy admission requirements. However the principal means is by achieving the required Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or its interstate or overseas equivalent. In 2012/2013, the minimum ATAR for the University was 70.00 for all courses. Other qualifications may also be acceptable. The University reserves the right to determine the appropriate equivalence. Although you may be eligible for admission to the University, this doesn't guarantee a place, particularly in courses for which there's competition for the number of places available.

English language competence

You must satisfy the University's English competency requirement for admission to Curtin University. You can demonstrate English competence through one of the following or other approved methods. Check other qualifications which may be used to meet the English requirement by contacting the University Admission Centre on (08) 9266 7805 or emailing
  • By achieving a scaled score of at least 50 in WACE courses: English, Literature, or English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EALD) (for eligible students), or from competence met in the previously offered subjects: TEE English, TEE English Literature or TEE English as a Second Language (ESL). You can meet the competence in English requirement with Year 12 results obtained in any year.
  • STAT (Special Tertiary Admission Test)
    140 (Written English) if sat after February 2010;
    145 (Written English) if sat prior to February 2010
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    6.0 Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
    6.5 Overall
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) with a minimum final score of 58.
    Requirement from 2014 admission; 50 Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing

School leaver applicants

Undergraduate Admission Requirements for School Leavers provides detailed information on requirements for university admission.

If you've completed your secondary education interstate or in New Zealand, you should have met the requirements for entry to a university in your own state or territory, and obtained an ATAR or a score/aggregate that converts to the appropriate ATAR for admission to the course of your choice at Curtin.

If you've completed your secondary education overseas, contact the University Admission Centre on (08) 9266 7805 or email to have your eligibility assessed.

If you live outside Western Australia, check interview and other special requirements for courses you are interested in. Access information for individual courses via our Course Search facility.

Non-school leaver applicants

The University provides a number of ways by which non-school leaver applicants may meet the university entry requirements. Check the Undergraduate Admission Requirements for Mature Age Students.

If you're a non-school leaver applicant under the age of 20, refer to the School Leaver section above. If you didn't complete your secondary education, there may be other pathways for entry, such as a completed Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Certificate IV, Diploma or an Advanced Diploma from a Registered Training Organisation.

If you've completed AQF Certificate IV level qualifications, you must show you've achieved a separate satisfactory level of English competency.

You may need to have completed studies not covered in your AQF course to be selected for a particular course. If you have technical and post-secondary qualifications, or are unsure of your eligibility, contact the University Admission Centre for further information.

For a number of courses, there may be additional academic requirements to those required for standard entry to the University.

Overseas-qualified applicants

The University provides a number of ways to satisfy the admission requirements if your qualifications were gained overseas. As well as qualifications that meet the University's admission standard, you must satisfy the University's English competency requirement. If you have overseas qualifications, or are unsure of your eligibility, contact the University Admission Centre on (08) 9266 7805 or email for further information.

If you live outside Australia, check any interview or other special requirements for courses you are interested in. Access information for individual courses via our Course Search facility.


Alternative entry courses

Curtin offers bridging programs to selected students who don't satisfy normal admission requirements for chosen courses. Check your eligibility for these courses, and make sure the course will allow you to continue into the undergraduate degree of your choice. Apply for the following courses (except the Enabling Course in Science, Engineering and Health and the UniReady Enabling Program) directly to the University and not through TISC.

Aboriginal Bridging Course
The Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers this two-semester course which is designed for applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. You'll be immersed in the university environment and prepared for mainstream studies. As well as giving you the necessary skills to help you make the transition into university undergraduate degree programs, the course will also enables you to meet the entry requirements for Bachelor Degree courses. For further information contact the Centre for Aboriginal Studies Student Services on (08) 9266 7091, or via email
Indigenous Tertiary Enabling Course (ITEC)
The Centre for Aboriginal Studies also offers the ITEC which is an enabling course designed to bridge Indigenous students into mainstream undergraduate degree programs. The broad aims of the course are to develop the knowledge and competencies required by Indigenous people to access and complete mainstream undergraduate degree programs. For further information contact the Centre for Aboriginal Studies Student Services on (08) 9266 7091, or via email
English Language Enabling Course
Curtin English - formerly Curtin English Language Centre (CELC) - offers Curtin's English Language Enabling course, an advanced academic English program that prepares students from non-English speaking backgrounds for undergraduate and postgraduate study at Curtin. This course is only available for domestic and migrant students with an English proficiency level of not less than IELTS band 5 in all four skill areas or a TOEFL score of 520 (in addition to the University's standard academic entry requirements). For further information contact Curtin English on (08) 9266 7617 or email
Enabling Course in Science, Engineering and Health
The Enabling Course in Science, Engineering and Health runs for one year. It's designed for students who don't satisfy the minimum university entrance requirements but who want to undertake studies leading to a degree course at Curtin which has specific subject prerequisites. If you complete the enabling course successfully, you'll be guaranteed a place in a general science course in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. A number of places are also available on a competitive basis in Engineering, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Medical Imaging and Health Science.
UniReady Enabling Program
The UniReady Enabling Program is offered by Curtin Teaching and Learning and aims to develop independent learning skills in preparation for university-level study. It's a bridging course that facilitates your access to university by meeting the conditions of Curtin's minimum admission requirements. This course is particularly suited to you if you want to enter Humanities, Health Sciences and Business courses as well as some Curtin courses that don't have specific subject prerequisites. (Note: You must be over the compulsory school age as defined by the Western Australian School Education Act 1999 in the year you want to study in the UniReady Enabling Program.) Applicants who are applying for the UniReady Enabling Program are required to view the list of courses that UniReady applicants can apply for on completion of the program through the UniReady website.
UniReady Enabling Program - Summer
The UniReady Summer Program is specifically designed for current Year 12 students who've completed a minimum of four Stage 2 courses in Year 12 and have an ATAR below 70.00. This course is a five-week intensive enabling program held on the Bentley Campus during January and February. Apply directly to Curtin Curtin Teaching and Learning for this course. However, you're also encouraged to lodge an application through TISC for other courses. Further information on the application process is available at:

Personal statements

A personal statement is required for the Enabling Course in Science, Engineering and Health (see course information for CUEEE). A template is available to help you complete the personal statement - click here.


Past and current students of Curtin University (including WAIT and WASM)

Apply directly to Curtin University if you:
  • Are a current Curtin student seeking to course-switch into another course; or
  • Deferred your offer in 2013 and wish to commence your studies in your deferred course in 2014; or
  • Are a past Curtin student who has previously been awarded a grade or mark or have withdrawn unit(s) after census date; or
  • Are a student completing your studies with Curtin College - formerly Curtin International College (CIC); or
  • Are a student who has completed the Enabling Course in Science, Engineering and Health and is now seeking admission into an undergraduate degree course; or
  • Are a student who has completed previous studies at Curtin College of Higher Education or VTEC; or
  • Are a student who is seeking enrolment into Cross-Institutional units; or
  • Are applying for mid-year entry; or
  • Want to apply for special consideration for mid-year entry (application is through the University Admission Centre); or.
  • Have been/are enrolled in the Indigenous Tertiary Enabling Course or Aboriginal Bridging Course and are now seeking admission into an undergraduate degree course.
Apply through TISC if you:
  • Are a student who has completed the UniReady Enabling program and is now seeking admission into an undergraduate degree course; or
  • Deferred your offer in 2013 and now wish to apply for entry to a different course (not the course you deferred from), either at Curtin or another WA University; or
  • Have been/are enrolled in either Curtin Extension or Open Universities Australia (formerly Open Learning Australia), and are now seeking admission into an undergraduate degree course; or
  • Want to apply for special consideration for start-of-the-year (supporting application also to be lodged with University Admission Centre); or
  • Have been/are enrolled in the Health Sciences Graduate Entry Foundation Course and are seeking admission into an undergraduate degree course.


General Information


Although student selection is based upon merit, government, economic and social priorities are reflected in the selection guidelines prepared by the University each year. The individual selection of eligible students for Curtin courses is made within the above guidelines by the relevant Curtin teaching school and will normally take into account the following factors:
  • ATAR or performance in any previous tertiary level studies;
  • Attainment of prerequisites;
  • Demonstration of English competency;
  • Where applicable:
    • Performance in aptitude or ability tests
    • Interview
    • Assessment of a portfolio of work.
From these criteria, all applications are evaluated and ranked in order of considered merit for each Curtin course nominated as a preference. If your ranking is sufficiently high, an offer of a place will be made in the course listed as a first preference. If not, you'll be considered for the course listed as second preference and so on.

Courses for which an interview, portfolio or aptitude test is required are detailed in the Course Search function. You may be advised by mail or phone of the date you may be required to attend an interview.

Special consideration entry

Curtin realises that, at times, an applicant's preparation for entering University may have been compromised or disadvantaged by circumstances outside their control. To apply for Special Consideration Entry, submit a standard application through TISC for your desired course preferences, and submit separately a Special Consideration Application Form, personal statement and supporting documentation to the Manager, University Admissions Centre, Curtin University for assessment. For further information contact the University Admission Centre on (08) 9266 7805, and refer to the website for Special Consideration from

StepUp to Curtin Entry Pathway

Students are often prevented from achieving their true academic potential when faced with educational, financial, social or distance disadvantage. Because we believe everyone with the potential to succeed at university should have the opportunity to do so, Curtin established the StepUp to Curtin Entry Pathway. Through StepUp, you've the opportunity to choose from a large range of courses at Curtin, even if your ATAR is below our minimum entry rank.

Western Australian TISC applicants, with an ATAR between 60.00 - 69.95 (inclusive) from any year, and, if school leaver age, who have met the requirements for the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), will be automatically assessed against the StepUp to Curtin eligibility criteria. If you're eligible, you'll be given a notional ATAR of 70.00 for entry to Curtin and you'll be notified of your eligibility to be considered for admission to courses at Curtin through StepUp via your Universities' Admissions Advice Letter (UAAL). As a TISC applicant, you'll need to meet the following criteria to be automatically eligible:
  • are from an identified low socio-economic or regional postcode; or
  • your school has been identified as having significant proportion of students coming from a low socio-economic background; or
  • are from an indigenous background; or
  • are an Australian/New Zealand citizen or permanent resident; and
  • have met Curtin's English competency requirements.

Applicants from mid-year direct entry including interstate applicants, who would like to be considered for admission to Curtin courses via the StepUp to Curtin Entry Pathway must submit a StepUp to Curtin Application Form so they can be assessed against the eligibility criteria. Application form is available at Successful StepUp to Curtin applicants will be given a notional ATAR of 70.00 for entry to Curtin.

If you meet the StepUp to Curtin eligibility criteria, you can receive:
  • Personal one-to-one support through the application and enrolment process;
  • Special consideration with regard to meeting entry requirements;
  • Assistance with housing; and
  • Possible monetary assistance through scholarships and for the purchase of textbooks.

Students are selected based on:
  • Completing studies which lead to gaining an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR);
  • Potential to succeed at higher education if given the opportunity;
  • Achieving an ATAR lower than 70.00;
  • English competency also being achieved.

For further information please contact the StepUp to Curtin Officer - University Admissions Centre on (08) 9266 4144 or email or visit

Deferment of studies

If you've received an early, main or second round offer, you can defer your studies in the offered course for a period of up to twelve months, subject to the course being available in the desired semester. You'll be contacted by Curtin University in May and September and given information on how to apply to study in either of the next two semesters. A place of study in the same course will only be guaranteed for the following two semesters, subject to availability. For further information refer to the Can I defer? section.

If you have a deferred Curtin place and you want to apply for courses other than your deferred course, you must apply through TISC for the other courses, even if they are at Curtin. (See Did you defer your place in 2013?). Please view Calendar for relevant applications and processing deadline dates.

External and online studies

Courses available on an external basis are indicated on the individual course entries available via the Course Search function or the Indicative ATARs table. For further information regarding availability of external courses, please see the Curtin 2014 Undergraduate Guide

Some Curtin courses are delivered either partially or fully online. In these courses, you don't attend classes on campus. Course materials are available online and you learn using a variety of sources that can include interactive videos and animations, simulations, online workgroups, etc. You need to have internet access for Online Studies. Online Studies courses are indicated on the individual course entries available via the Course Search function.


Fees and charges

All offers for undergraduate courses at Curtin will be made as a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) until all places are taken. Please see Paying for university study for more information. Visit the Fees@curtin website, telephone: (08) 9266 3500, email:

Clinical health sciences

If you're a student in a course that include supervised practice (including research) in a clinical setting, you're required to undergo screening for, and vaccination against, a range of infectious diseases before beginning the placement. For specific details relating to these requirements, see Criminal record screening is also necessary and, where relevant Working with Children Checks.

Application for credit transfer through recognition of prior learning (RPL)(also known as advanced standing or exemptions and credit)

See Advanced standing/credit transfer.

Curtin careers centre

The Curtin Careers Centre offers career planning and development support services to students and alumni up to 18 months beyond graduation. It is located in Building 303 Level 2 (upstairs from the Abacus Lab) on the Bentley campus or you can visit the Curtin Careers Centre website, phone (08) 9266 7802 or alternatively email

Student guild

Information about the Curtin Student Guild will be available at the time of enrolment or go to We encourage you to become a financial member of the Guild, which provides a range of very useful support services to students and is involved in organising many social, sporting and club-based activities at our campuses. For further information visit us at Building 106F, Bentley campus or contact the Student Guild on (08) 9266 2900, country callers: 1800 063 865.

OASIS - Curtin's student portal and electronic services

OASIS (Online Access to Student Information Services) is Curtin University student portal, providing a "one-stop-shop" for delivering eServices to Curtin students. On average, students log into OASIS more than 250,000 times each week. Through OASIS, you can access your student record (eStudent), Official Communications Channel (OCC), the university learning support systems, student email account and Ask Curtin, an FAQ database for Future and Current Students. A range of other online services available to you within OASIS includes the Careers channel, library databases, a number of student news feeds, and, depending on enrolment, book lists for enrolled units and unit outlines.

Official communication channel (OCC)
A key feature of OASIS is the Official Communications Channel (OCC). This enables the University to communicate with you more quickly, more securely, more reliably and more responsive than by regular mail. Many reminders regarding deadlines and important announcements you need to know about as a student are sent via the OCC. It is a condition of enrolment at Curtin that all students access OASIS at least weekly to read OCC communications (unless specifically exempted) and preferably two or three times a week.

This is how you access your student record online. You can use eStudent to enrol in units, withdraw from units, register into classes, view examination results and fee balance, and review and change personal information. You can also access your study plan and enrolment details, and print off an Academic eRecord or Enrolment Advice.

OASIS is available any time, from anywhere in the world. That means you can keep in touch with the Curtin community while you travel and when you're working off-campus.

Student services and amenities fee

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) supports the provision of a wide range of non-academic service and amenities to all students at the University. Curtin uses the SSAF revenue to enhance your university experience, and to expand and improve services and amenities for all students. For further information please visit contact the University Fees Centre on (08) 9266 3500.


Further information

The University admission centre
The Admission Centre is the first port of call for information related to your offer during the admissions rounds. Staff within the centre also provide a qualification assessment service and specialised information about eligibility for entry to University. Drop into Student Central, Building 101, or call (08) 9266 7805 to make an appointment.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm
Telephone Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm
CRICOS Provider Code: 00301J (WA) 02637B (NSW)

Future students centre
The Centre consists of the Prospective Students' Service and the Customer Management Unit. It is your first port of call for overall questions regarding Curtin. If they don't have the immediate answers they can direct you to the right people for help.

The Prospective Students' team hosts information sessions and tours of the Bentley Campus throughout the year. Students of any age, parents or advisors are welcome to attend. Check the dates for the sessions that you're particularly interested in on the Future Students website. Prospective Student advisors are also available for individual appointments. The Future Students Centre is located in Hayman Hall - Building 102 (opposite Curtin International). Operating hours are 8.30am to 4.45pm, Monday to Friday.

Telephone: (08)9266 1000, 1300 CU 1000, 1800 CU 1000
Fax: 9266 7527