The Master Qualifying Program (MQP) is a one-semester non-award program designed for students who already have a tertiary qualification but who do not qualify for direct entry into a Master’s degree at Curtin University. The emphasis is on developing the skills necessary to succeed in postgraduate-level studies.
The MQP is made up of 4 (pre-postgraduate) units studied over 1 semester.
*No unit exemptions granted upon completion of the MQP program.
Students must complete 3 core units and 1 elective.
Academic Communication for Postgraduate Studies
The unit aims to develop the productive and receptive skills required for communicating at a postgraduate level. Practical in nature, it focuses on academic conventions related to the different modes of academic communication. The unit encompasses the use of strategies to develop the academic voice by honing on analytical and critical thinking skills. Through tasks that will enhance intrapersonal and interpersonal skills, this unit assists in the application of communication skills and knowledge in both the academic and professional contexts.
Intercultural Perspectives for Postgraduate Studies
This unit aims to provide intercultural perspectives within a cross-cultural context to develop post graduate communication, writing and research skills. Through the application of cross-cultural theory and multicultural frameworks, employability competencies such as interpersonal skills, cultural awareness and analytical skills will be explored. The unit facilitates how to effectively manage transitions between different cultural contexts through a process of self-awareness, peer review and reflection.
Research Skills for Postgraduate Studies
The unit aims to develop knowledge and skills for conducting research at a postgraduate level. This includes an introduction to the principles of human inquiry and a selection of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Research design, methods, analysis, ethics and outcomes to advance critical and analytical thinking, information processing and evidence-based interpretation that build the foundational support for future research undertakings will be explored. The unit develops knowledge and skill in locating and evaluating evidence and information sources for research purposes.
Project Management for Postgraduates*
The unit explores a framework for project management, its context, tools and processes at a postgraduate level. Utilising the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) methodology, necessary skills and strategies to manage various types of projects efficiently, including creating a project plan, preparing relevant reports, and leading a successful team to strong project completion will be developed. Focus includes communication, reporting, collaborative and leadership skills. The unit delves into project lifecycle – initiation, planning, execution, monitoring & controlling and closure.
*This unit is required for entry into the Master of Project Management, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health and Master of Sexology (Professional).
Fundamentals of Analytical Programming#
This unit introduces fundamental concepts in programming and mathematics for postgraduate study in data science and related fields. The unit employs a unified outlook of programming and mathematics to solve problems. Students will be introduced to linear algebra, relevant notation, data analysis and statistical inference by engaging with modern programming languages and graphical environments.
#This unit is required for entry into the Master of Computing or the Master of Predictive Analytics.
Academic Success Program
This unit is a dedicated two hours per week support at no additional cost. The unit aims to develop academic skills and language proficiency required to participate fully and succeed in MQP. It focuses on identifying and understanding the academic demands and conventions in completing assignments. This is accomplished by developing an awareness of discipline discourse for clarity and impact.