Alfred Deakin Research Institute


Postgraduate Research at ADRI

We currently have upwards of 120 HDR students working with ADRI-based supervisors - you could be one of them!

One of the most important functions of a university is to provide training in research. While many organisations engage in research, universities have a unique responsibility to provide research training. This is done in research degree programs including PhD and Masters degrees. (More formally, these are called higher degrees by research, or HDR.)

Students enrolled in an HDR program will develop independent research skills. These skills include the ability to formulate a significant research problem, the ability to relate the research to the broader framework of knowledge in the area, the mastery of appropriate skills to tackle the problem, and the ability to describe the new knowledge that is gained in exploring the problem.

The award of a research degree by Deakin University requires the candidate to complete an approved program of research under the guidance of one or more supervisors within a prescribed time period. The supervisors will be experienced and active researchers with expertise in the field of study. While the candidate contributes to the selection of the research program, it must be approved by the supervisors as suitable for a research degree. A finite period of time is allowed for completion of the degree because it is the candidate's ability to make a significant contribution in a limited time which is being assessed.

The results of the research are incorporated into a thesis which is submitted for examination at the end of the program. The thesis must be a self-contained, integrated, and coherent body of work which constitutes a substantial original contribution to knowledge as judged by independent experts.

Satisfactory completion of a higher degree by research requires dedication, motivation, persistence and hard work. Research is a creative activity and, like all such activities, it is approached in different ways by different people. Within the overall framework of the program, a candidate has considerable freedom to choose his or her own work style, but with that freedom comes responsibility for seeing the task through to completion. A great deal of assistance and support is available during candidature, but it will be up to the candidate to take the initiative and finish the work with a large degree of independence.

Members of the Alfred Deakin Research Institute supervise students who undertake two types higher degrees:

  • Master by Research
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A masters by research degree is awarded for an original contribution to knowledge achieved in up to two years of full-time candidature (or two to four years of part-time candidature). Usually a written thesis of not more than 50 000 words is submitted.

Doctoral degrees are awarded for a substantial original contribution to knowledge achieved in two to four years of full-time (or four to eight years part-time) candidature. Usually a written thesis of not more than 100 000 words is submitted.

In the case of both masters by research and PhD degrees, the program may include some coursework, but the focus of the degree is on research.

Alfred Deakin Worldly Ideas PhD scholarship

The Alfred Deakin Research Institute Worldly Ideas PhD scholarship relates to the broad research field of 'Egalitarianism in Australia and settler societies'. The Alfred Deakin Worldly Ideas PhD scholarship recalls the power of Alfred Deakin's ideas for Australia and Australian politics, and this offer links to the Institute's involvement in an international project on egalitarianism in comparative contexts.

The Award is for full-time study and successful applicants must have completed at least four years of tertiary education studies and have achieved a first class Honours degree or equivalent.  Awards are only available to those who will be undertaking a Masters or Doctoral degree in 2015 and who:

  • are Australian or New Zealand citizens or have been granted Australian permanent resident status; and
  • are normally enrolling as on-campus full-time students, however permission may be granted for other locations; and
  • are not receiving another equivalent award, scholarship or salary to undertake the proposed program (generally less than seventy-five per cent of the base Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rate); and
  • have not held a Commonwealth Government-funded postgraduate research scholarship (excluding IPRS) or Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (DUPR) unless it was terminated within six months of the scholarship commencing; and
  • have not completed a degree at the same level as the proposed candidature, or at a higher level.

View possible supervisors based at ADRI.

The 2014 cycle has been completed. Please check back for updates. The next round will be open in June 2015.

For further information about undertaking a Higher Degree by Research through ADRI visit the Future Students Higher Degrees by Research webpage or contact:

Professor David Lowe
Director, Alfred Deakin Research Institute
Phone: +61 3 52272691

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28th October 2014