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Master Qualifying Program (MQP)

The Master Qualifying Program (MQP) at Curtin College builds academic and language competencies required for post graduate studies. The aim is to develop– academic communication, intercultural capability, research methodology and project management skills. Employability competencies such as analytical, interpersonal, cultural awareness would be emphasised in MQP.

Upon successful completion, the graduates should be able to

  • Evaluate and connect ideas showing logical and creative thinking, reasoning and reflective thinking appropriate for academic purposes
  • Find, evaluate, generate and share ideas and information appropriately in written, oral and digital formats for diverse purposes and audiences.
  • Incorporate global thinking in evaluating, and responding to, issues and interests of contemporary and/or historical relevance
  • Reflect on personal attitudes and values to engage respectfully across culturally diverse contexts and adapt communication and interpersonal approaches appropriately
  • Demonstrate effective teamwork, ethics, curiosity and investigative skill in working, researching and communicating for academic and professional purposes

It is a one semester (non-award) program designed for international students with tertiary qualifications but have not qualified for direct entry into master’s degree at Curtin University. The MQP graduates will meet the academic and English language requirements for entry into specified postgraduate programs (by coursework) at Curtin University. One-unit exemption* will be provided towards the postgraduate course at Curtin University.

*Does not apply to the Master of Professional Accounting due to accreditation requirements.

Unit Overview

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.

Managing Organisations

This unit introduces the study of Management within organisations. An integrated view of both theory and practice will be examined pointing out applications of social science and implications for management action. An analysis in which organisational performance through a better understanding of effective management of people will also be studied investigating important issues such as an increased awareness of, and sensitivity to, personal skills and employability within a context of globalisation and the need for economic, socio-cultural and environmental sustainability.

Dedicated Academic Support

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.

2022 Fees

Program CRICOS Code Duration International Students
MQP CC02042G 4-months A$3,500 per unit

Program Structure

MQP consists of 3 core units and 2 electives

Core Units

  • Academic Communication for Postgraduate Studies
  • Intercultural Perspectives for Postgraduate Studies
  • Research Skills for Postgraduate Studies

Elective units*

  • Project Management for Postgraduates
  • Managing Organisations

*Elective choice will depend on the postgraduate pathway. Project Management for Postgraduate unit required for Master of Project Management


February and July




Bentley campus, Perth

Special Offer

MQP Starter Scholarship valued at A$1,500 when you start in February 2022.

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