School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
Curtin is recognised internationally as a leader in graduate research studies and for the breadth and quality of its research higher degree programs and offers Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Mechanical Engineering.
The School has acquired laboratory facilities worth over $5 million, including:
- Pavement/geotechnology research facilities
- Water laboratory enhancements
- Structures, including a heavy-testing-rig with 500t capacity
- Bio-activated laboratories
- Earthquake engineering (stress -tubes and canon impact, earthquake engineering and blast impact engineering).
In the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia 2018 assessment, Curtin University ranked above world standard in Civil Engineering.
In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, Curtin University ranked top 100 in the world for Civil and Structural Engineering.
School of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Curtin’s School of Earth and Planetary Sciences combines the existing and emergent strengths in geoscience and spatial science.
The School incorporates academic courses and research from applied geology, spatial sciences and geosciences.
This includes research through The Institute for Geoscience Research (TIGeR), the Remote Sensing and Satellite Research Group, the Centre for Marine Science and Technology, and the Western Australian Organic and Isotope Geochemistry Group.
School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Staff in the School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences have been very successful in attracting competitive research and equipment grants.
The area of Physics and Astronomy works closely with the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA), which focuses on scientific and technological advances in the field, and is involved in the Square Kilometre Array and the Murchison Widefield Array.
Research is a very important component of the school’s activities and this has resulted in at least 25 PhD students annually over the last five years.
In the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 assessment, Curtin University ranked well above world standard for Astronomical and Space Sciences.
School of Molecular and Life Sciences
The School of Molecular and Life Sciences is a combination of studies in environment, agriculture, chemistry, molecular bioscience and food science.
Courses are supported by research-led teaching and are dedicated to creating graduates with industry experience.
The School strives to act as a source of independent and expert advice to industry, government, and society, and to carry out research and development with particular relevance to the regional community.
In the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia 2018 assessment, Curtin University ranked well above world standard for Physical Chemistry, Environmental Science and Management, Ecology, Plant Biology, Zoology and Crop and Pasture Production.
In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, Curtin University ranked 40th in the world for Earth and Marine Sciences.
WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering
Consolidating engineering, economics and science capabilities to form WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering, the School attracts strong industry partnerships and investment in high-tech facilities, operating from campuses in Perth and the historic mining town of Kalgoorlie located in the Goldfields region of Western Australia.
In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, Curtin University ranked 2nd in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering.