Curtin University

Curtin University cafe and courtyard.

Main café and courtyard. Photo credit: Place Laboratory

Curtin University is a large university located in Bentley, a residential area about 8 km from the Perth city centre. Curtin is attended by large numbers of international students. Is Curtin a good choice for them or others? If you've studied at Curtin, have your say by posting a review.

Curtin Rating

User Rating 2.72 (43 votes)

Student Reviews

22 Responses

  1. YT
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    Disappointing Experience

    Very disappointed!! Completed my first degree with Unsw and was very positive.

    I started a masters of teaching with Curtin through Open universities and very negative experience.

    Marking is harsh and can barely pass! Outdated and many errors . Unhelpful teachers with no empathy or support. Was expecting more from Curtin.

    Will be moving to a new university that’s marks at Quality level with fairness.

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    • David Bradley
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      Unbelievably Unprofessional

      I’ve had exactly the same experience with 2 of the three units of an M.Teach. at Curtin. Overall the standard of lectures has been absolutely appalling – faculty members spend most of the time showing off their own works and praising each other. There is no interaction whatsoever with academic literature or varying theories of pedagogy, and in many years of tertiary study (I hold multiple post-grad qualifications in other fields) I’ve NEVER experienced anything so amateur and disrespectful of students’ time, money & hopes.
      Having had enough of the Curtin clown car I’ve transferred to a real university – the difference is overwhelming.
      Honestly- the Language & Literacy course was ok (not great, but acceptably professional) but Mathematics & Art were beyond belief – on one instance the maths lecturer spent half an hour talking about the amateur musical he starred in, while on another occasion spent 40mins trying to describe an equation incorrectly – finally a student was able to interrupt and explain his (very basic) error.
      Watching people with no prior study experience get torn apart by these incompetents has been heartbreaking – anyone contemplating study at Curtin should pay serious attention to the many bad reviews here & run – don’t walk – to somewhere more professional.

  2. Private
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    Online sucks

    I’m studying through OUA and I have to say that the current structure and content and absolute junk. In terms of information curtin are very slow to bring info out. For instance the unit outline didn’t have the due dates of assignments for the 13 weeks course. How they expect people who work ft and uni ft to cope I really don’t know.

    In addition to this online students frequently have group assignments. I’m sick of the lack of support for group assignments online. I get chicked with a bunch of morons who can’t take any constructive feedback. They have no life experience etc. Why on earth doesn’t the uni spend 20 minutes going through the four stages of group forming and discuss and provide evidence of good behaviours and poor behaviours. Collaborative behaviours and non collaborative behaviours.

    Its beyond a freaking joke what Curtin are putting me through. Spend some money on reviewing your online content. Spend more time getting people truly ready for work. The behaviours i see in group work are not corporate workplace ready AT ALL!!!

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    • Patricia Paris
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      I am currently with this uni and I have to agree, I will be changing uni over the next few weeks.

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  3. AJC
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    Beware the AIP!

    I am undertaking a subject online at Curtin University, through the Open University. The subject is well-taught and our Professor is really engaged. She responds promptly to emails and telephone calls. My learning expectations are being met. The major obstacle at Curtin has been completing their online Academic Integrity Program (AIP), which is a mandatory requirement and if not completed, your results and teacher feedback on assessments are witheld. I have found the AIP to be a very badly designed program which lacks adequate explanatory notes, prompts, and progress indicators, and for this reason, am encountering difficulties with completing it. The ‘support’ staff from the AIP are trivialising my issue, and throwing the problem back at me. I have studied at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University and never previously encountered a program and staff with these issues.

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    • Samantha
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      I found the AIP (and other compulsory courses) really impacted my ability to keep up with my studies, partly due to lack of organisation on Curtin’s part. I wasn’t provided any log on details until less than a week before my study period started, and Curtin took more than 3 weeks to review the teaching minor they had given me – by the time i had any response, there was half a week left until the study period began. The AIP and the course assessing our reading abilities (which I didn’t even know about until a couple of weeks into the SP) took away a lot of time I could have spent on my studies and seriously impacted my ability to do well in my first study period. I’m into my second now but I am seriously contemplating moving universities.

  4. Tuan
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    Good Uni

    Good Uni I studied early childhood education online at Curtin. Their setup is terrible. You’d probably save time just studying on campus because they keep sending you on a wild goose chase every time you have to complete a task. Then when you ask a question they make you trawl through the forums for the answer which can take hours. Recently my wife started a diploma course online through a pretty small institution which was much easier and way more user friendly.

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  5. Sophie Pasinski
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    not happy , seems like it is almost impossible to please the teachers, really hard to pass , really unhelpful teachers and I haven’t enjoyed any of the content required- really close to pulling out

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  6. HellaBell
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    Good online university

    I am a mature age student and am halfway through my Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Accounting). I am studying 100% online and can honestly say I am mostly happy with my experience. Their online setup is pretty easy to navigate.

    Having studied at TAFE twice, I have found that as a university student, you are a more independent learner (ie, no hand holding). Which I understand, as it is a higher education I am receiving. I rarely contacted staff for assistance, but when I did, I found them to be very helpful and things were resolved quickly.

    All the units I have done so far, the content has been relevant and up to date. The way they are presented and taught can differ, as each lecturer has a different style.

    So my experience with Curtin itself has been a good one:
    – campus (visited for exams and group assignments): clean, easy to navigate and has plenty of life
    – online: easy, convenient and flexible, the *main* reason I chose Curtin, as I work full time.

    If I had any issues, it would be because of a lecturer and that they used vague language/poor word choices (especially on an assignment/exam question). I like communication that is concise, where you don’t feel like you are making assumptions.

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  7. Simon
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    This is a poor university. The staff never respond to emails.

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  8. Carly Sanford
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    Excellent University

    Curtin is one of the best universities in Australia. Great facilities, staff that actually care about you and your success. I am very proud to be a Curtin graduate.

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  9. YaaBoah
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    Curtin Health Sciences faculty and staff are not supportive

    The Master of Speech Pathology Course was a horrifying experience. The staff are not supportive. You are basically left alone to educate yourself. They are also very vindictive if you complain. They will spite you. I had a terrible experience studying here. Unfortunately i never read any reviews nor did I know anything before going there. International students are especially not supported. If you can avoid studying here please do.

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  10. mash
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    you get what you pay for- cheap course, no support

    online study at Curtin is VERY disappointing and incredibly frustrating. I’m doing a post graduate course and have completed studies at various other universities with a much more positive experience. the course delivery is incredible rigid and outdated. Curtin are not student focused at all. When i have tried to discuss really simple, logical easy changes they could make to improve course content for all students they have made me feel like a complete pain in the arse who has no business wasting their time.

  11. thomas
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    terrible service, starting back in a week and my classes still haven’t been made available to add to my timetable. Have been on the phone to curtin 5 times in the last week waiting 20 minutes each time only to be given blunt answers and directed to another number thats unavailable, emails haven’t been responded to either. Can’t tell work what my timetable will even be, not impressed with the lack of effort and organisation of this university.

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  12. J
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    Avoid Curtin univiersity online studies

    The online Curtin university studies are a complete joke. I have completed other studies through different universities and by far Curtin are the worst i have dealt with.
    Lack of support.
    Lack of willingness to help when asked.
    Inconsistencies with subject matter.
    Old fashioned and out dated content.
    Lecturers who put their business first opposed to answering emails.

    Curtin university = old fashioned, out of date, run like a circus and avoid at all costs.

  13. Anthony Porrins
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    Academic mismatch?

    I am a current student at Curtin. I am not impressed. I found , with half my units this semester the delivery of half the units I have taken barely resembles the unit outline. Definitely check fully what a unit is about at Curtin before taking it.

  14. anon
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    Online education not worth it with Curtin

    I began a bachelor of primary education online through Curtin. The course extremely disappointing. Assignments were poorly explained and teachers were entirely unapproachable when attempting to get more information. References were heavily graded, which is fine, however, every teacher seemed to have a different idea of what APA was, which meant you’d get good marks in one subject regarding referencing, then the next you’d barely pass for doing the same thing.
    Feedback was entirely unhelpful, and when requesting for a remark, I was met with my unit co-ordinator outright refusing to have someone else regrade it, even though I was within my rights to request it.

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  15. RhiRhi
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    Fantastic University

    I’m a current student of Curtin and love it. Great staff really helpful. Fantastic online anon campus! 10/10

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  16. Sammy
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    Fantastic Uni Recommend

    I’ve been going to Curtin to do my Masters and love it. Staff and teachers are good and, as Kitkat said, the study guides are super helpful. Recommend this uni highly

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  17. Kitkat
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    Fantastic Online

    I’ve been studying Bachelor of Fine Arts with Open University Australia with Curtin Uni, and have loved every minute of it. I previously studied one year of the degree at University of Tasmania, and hated it. The online forum for UTAS was horrid and old fashioned, Curtin is amazing compared. You communicate with tutors and fellow students via Blackboard and various collaborate sessions, and present work via PowerPoint presentations, notes and so on. I enjoyed it so much, for each unit there is a Study Guide – I printed this out and got it bound the study guides were well written and had a step by step guide for art techniques. I have learnt so much 1000000 times more that I did at UTAs. Obviously you get a few not so good teachers, but all in all most of my teachers were friendly and really helpful. I recommend the online course for anyone it’s brilliant.

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  18. Smith William
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    Gym lovers are highly recommended should not join Bentley, Western Anytime Fitness Australia membership as my best friends was kicked by them with just response to their text message “Hello, Hi Merry Christmas” to the fitness consultant.
    Greeting to them are treated as “insulation” In many way, we have found that they kicked out members as usual after they raise up the weekly membership fee. If someone already join in, please do not reply any message to them and they will find any excuses to terminate your membership They are all having conservative thinking and hate to see foreign people pop in the gym

  19. Jon
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    I studied early childhood education online at Curtin. Their setup is terrible. You’d probably save time just studying on campus because they keep sending you on a wild goose chase every time you have to complete a task. Then when you ask a question they make you trawl through the forums for the answer which can take hours. Recently my wife started a diploma course online through a pretty small institution which was much easier and way more user friendly.

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