Curtin University’s international reputation for research has grown rapidly. As we build on this momentum, we aim to strike a balance between research that solves defined problems for industry and society, and research that pushes the boundaries of understanding. As a university with an established reputation for innovation, Curtin excels in a diverse range of research areas and PhD programs that aim to change the minds and lives of people all over the world. We have world-class research facilities, institutes and centres where research and discovery abound.

Key Research Areas

  • Agriculture and Environment
  • Astonomy and Astrophysics
  • Business
  • Defence
  • Digital and Emerging Technologies, Digital Humanities
  • Earth and Planetery Science
  • Indigenous Studies, Society and Culture
  • Industry 4.0
  • Mining and Minerals
  • Space
  • Water

Top 5 Research Achievements

  • Ranked second in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
  • Recognised by NASA as the formal representative for Australia’s planetary science community
  • Rated at or above world standard in 95 per cent of research fields assessed in ERA 2018


  • More funding information and application deadline available here.
  • Prospective students can apply for scholarships for research study, or competitive grants as a professional researcher. More information