PhD program

Each department within Deakin Business School is seeking intellectually curious doctoral applicants with a strong academic track record who are interested in undertaking rigorous, theory-advancing research.

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PhD (Accounting)

The Department of Accounting is particularly interested in applicants who would like to conduct research in the following areas:

  • financial contracts
  • corporate governance
  • capital markets
  • financial institutions
  • law and enforcement
  • political economy
  • different forms of organisations, such as public companies, for-profit private firms (SMEs) and not-for-profit entities (charities).

According to the Brigham Young rankings, the Department of Accounting is ranked 18th internationally for archival auditing research.

Experienced supervision

The PhD program is supported by experienced researchers with an excellent track record of publishing in top journals in the discipline, including:

  • The Accounting Review
  • Journal of Accounting and Economics
  • Accounting, Organizations and Society
  • Contemporary Accounting Research
  • Journal of Accounting Research
  • Journal of Management Accounting Research
  • Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory
  • Journal of Accounting and Public Policy
  • British Accounting Review
  • International Journal of Accounting
  • Accounting Auditing and Accountability
  • Critical Perspectives on Accounting.

The Department of Accounting admits a small number of students into the PhD program each year, allowing us to offer a very high standard of individual attention.

Program outline

Our Doctoral program is designed to prepare PhD students for successful careers in academia, industry, or government. Students complete four coursework units in their first year of study. These units are:

At the end of their first year of study, students will defend their thesis proposal in a process called confirmation of candidature. Confirmed students then spend the remainder of their candidature completing their doctoral research.

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PhD (Economics)

The Department of Economics is particularly interested in applicants who would like to conduct research in the following areas:

  • applied econometrics (labour, environment, health, trade)
  • behavioural economics
  • development economics
  • game theory
  • industrial organisation
  • monetary economics.

Experienced supervision

The PhD program is supported by experienced researchers with an excellent track record of publishing in top journals in the discipline, including:

  • Quarterly Journal of Economics
  • Review of Economics and Statistics
  • Journal of Public Economics
  • Journal of Economic Theory
  • Games and Economic Behaviour
  • Journal of International Economics
  • European Economic Review
  • Journal of Health Economics
  • Econometrica
  • International Economic Review.

The Department of Economics admits a small number of students into the PhD program each year, allowing us to offer a very high standard of individual attention.

Program outline

Our doctoral program is designed to prepare PhD students for successful careers in academia, industry, or government. Students complete six coursework units in their first year of study. These units are:

At the end of their first year of study, students will defend their thesis proposal in a process called confirmation of candidature. Confirmed students then spend the remainder of their candidature completing their doctoral research.

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Ph.D. (Finance)

The Department of Finance is particularly interested in applicants who would like to conduct research in the following areas:

  • asset pricing
  • corporate finance
  • behavioural finance
  • market microstructure.

Experienced supervision

The PhD program is supported by experienced researchers with an excellent track record of publishing in top journals in the discipline, including the:

  • Journal of Finance
  • Journal of Financial Economics
  • Management Science
  • Journal Financial and Quantative Analysis
  • Journal of Corporate Finance
  • Journal of Banking and Finance
  • Financial Management
  • Review of Finance.

The Department of Finance admits a small number of students into the PhD program each year, allowing us to offer a very high standard of individual attention.

Program outline

Our doctoral program is designed to prepare PhD students for successful careers in academia, industry, or government. Students complete four coursework units in their first year of study. These units are:

At the end of their first year of study, students will defend their thesis proposal in a process called confirmation of candidature. Confirmed students then spend the remainder of their candidature completing their doctoral research.

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PhD (Information Systems or Business Analytics)

The Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics (DISBA) is particularly interested in applicants who would like to conduct research in the following areas.

Information systems:

  • competitive advantage and value generation through analytics
  • ethics in business analytics and AI
  • social informatics and health informatics
  • digital business transformation
  • disruptive technology and innovation
  • crowdsourcing.

Business analytics:

  • big data analytics
  • visual analytics
  • deep learning for business applications
  • analytics in applied contexts (cybersecurity, social media, marketing)
  • business intelligence.

Experienced supervision

The PhD program is supported by experienced researchers with an excellent track record of publishing in top journals in the discipline, including:

  • Organization Science
  • Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
  • Information Systems Research
  • International Journal of Information Management
  • Journal of Service Research.

DISBA admits a small number of students into the PhD program each year, allowing us to offer a very high standard of individual attention.

Program outline

Our doctoral program is designed to prepare PhD students for successful careers in academia, industry, or government. Students complete four coursework units in their first year of study. These units are:

At the end of their first year of study, students will defend their thesis proposal in a process called confirmation of candidature. Confirmed students then spend the remainder of their candidature completing their doctoral research.

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PhD (Law)

Deakin Law School is particularly interested in applicants who would like to conduct research in the following areas:

  • statutory interpretation and constitutional law
  • international law and human rights
  • criminal law and social justice
  • medicine law and public health
  • corporations law and corporate governance
  • energy and natural resources
  • torts and damages.

The 2018 QS World University Rankings place Deakin Law School in the top 100 law schools internationally, attesting to the School’s strong global standing.

Program outline

Deakin Law School admits a small number of students into the PhD program each year, allowing us to offer a very high standard of individual attention.

Our Doctoral program is designed to prepare PhD students for successful careers in academia, industry, or government. Students complete three coursework units in their first year of study. These units include:

At the end of their first year of study, students will defend their thesis proposal in a process called confirmation of candidature. Confirmed students then spend the remainder of their candidature completing their doctoral research.

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PhD (Marketing)

The Department of Marketing is particularly interested in applicants who would like to conduct research in the following areas:

  • consumer behaviour
  • social and transformative marketing
  • services marketing
  • customer analytics and modelling.

Experienced supervision

The PhD program is supported by experienced researchers with an excellent track record of publishing in top journals in the discipline, including:

  • Journal of Marketing
  • Marketing Science
  • Journal of Marketing Research
  • Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science
  • International Journal of Research in Marketing
  • Journal of Service Research
  • Journal of Consumer Psychology.

The Department of Marketing admits a small number of students into the PhD program each year, allowing us to offer a very high standard of individual attention.

Program outline

Our doctoral program is designed to prepare PhD students for successful careers in academia, industry or government. Students complete four coursework units in their first year of study. These units are:

At the end of their first year of study, students will defend their thesis proposal in a process called confirmation of candidature. Confirmed students then spend the remainder of their candidature completing their doctoral research.

Learn more about application requirements

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Further considerations

Key facts

Start time: March 2019
Application deadline: 30 September 2018
Programme intensity: Full-time, three years
Languages: English
Delivery mode: On-campus

Admission requirements

Minimum TOEFL (iBT) score: 94
Minimum TOEFL (PBT): 600
Minimum IELTS score: 7.0 (with no individual band less than 6.5)

Academic requirements

Applicants must:

  • hold an an honours or master’s degree in a discipline appropriate to the proposed area of study
  • have received an HD in a sizeable honours or master's-level research thesis
  • have an HD average across at least four honours or master's-level coursework units -this must include several research methods units.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fee (domestic): $0 (government-funded fee waiver)
Tuition fee (international): $29,400

Deakin Business School is proud to offer full scholarships to outstanding applicants seeking to undertake doctoral research in the School. These scholarships cover tuition fees and provide a stipend to cover living expenses.

All successful applicants also receive access to the following support:

  • up to $8000 to support research activities, including conference attendance
  • up to $2000 to facilitate post-PhD placement in an academic institution
  • up to $1500 to support international relocation
  • up to $4000 to incentivise and reward publishing research in top academic journals.