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Higher degrees by research (HDR)

A higher degree by research (HDR) involves sustained independent enquiry, carried out under the direction of academic supervisors. Qualifications include PhD, Professional Doctorate, Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Masters by Research.

Curtin is recognised internationally as a leader in graduate research studies and for the breadth and quality of its research higher degree programs. As one of our students, you will have access to an unparalleled array of opportunities to work with leading researchers in first rate facilities, and to develop skills for your future career.

The department of Mining and Metallurgy currently have the following research degrees available:


Bunda Besa

Student Testimonial –
Bunda Besa

I chose Curtin to undertake my PhD in Mining Engineering because it is ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide, so I knew it offered exceptional education and gives graduates the opportunity to excel in life wherever they go. My studies have equipped me with practical mining experience, exemplary written communication skills including writing research proposals, knowledge of mining software, and the ability and confidence to supervise and teach Higher Degree Research students. My studies have also helped me to become more focused, organised and innovative in my everyday life, and have taught me how to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Dr Bunda Besa graduated from the WA School of Mines with a PhD in Mining Engineering in 2011. He has since worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer at the University of Zambia, including as a visiting lecturer for surrounding countries. In 2017 he was appointed as the Dean of the School of Mines at the University of Zambia.