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Why choose Deakin?

As a worldly university, we understand that studying isn't just about lectures, essays and exams.
It's also about those extra opportunities that turn a degree into a well-rounded, worldly education.

That's why we offer:

  • industry-relevant courses
  • expert lecturers and researchers
  • global opportunities
  • flexible learning options
Find out why you should choose Deakin


Will I get in? What ATAR do I need?

Many of our courses are offered at more than one campus. The ATAR you need to get into a course can differ, depending on which campus you apply for, even though the course is exactly the same at each campus.

See the list of 2013 Clearly in ATARs for Deakin courses as a guide.

The Deakin ATAR calculator is a simple tool to help you see which Deakin courses you may be eligible for based on your expected ATAR.

Don't Forget!

ATARs may vary each year, so we recommend you search for courses that may be a few points higher and/or lower than your ATAR.



"ATAR" is a registered trade mark of the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) on behalf of all Australian tertiary admission centres. VTAC and other Australian tertiary admission centres have no involvement in or responsibility for any material appearing on this site.

N/A = Not available or not applicable. The course is offered at this campus. Where no ATAR is available it may mean that other admission requirements apply.


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Architecture and Built Environment

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Communication and Media

Communication and Media

Where in the world will you find positive results?
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Media - a growth industry

Communication is the growth industry of the modern age. Deakin's communication and media courses offer the flexibility to develop the key skills and knowledge across the professional areas needed for successful careers in this rapidly changing global industry.

Variety of disciplines

Within the communication and media area, the school offers; journalism, literary studies, public relations, communication and media and professional and creative writing.

Real world skills

Our staff were recently recognised for authentic teaching strategies that engage and prepare students to transition with confidence from our public relations classroom to the professional workplace.



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Early Childhood Education

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education is now available to Year 12 applicants, and includes a primary teaching component, allowing students to teach children up to age eight years.

Meeting worldly standards

Our courses have been adapted to meet new national and international education standards. With state-of-the-art classrooms and global opportunities, our teaching graduates are well-equipped to teach in the 21st century.

Flexibility and fast-track options

Our education courses are offered in differing modes, with most being the industry standard four year qualification. Some courses can be fast-tracked by using Deakin's trimester system, and others offered intensively.



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First-class facilities

As a Deakin engineering student you will have access to recently refurbished, fully-equipped laboratories and cutting-edge computer-aided software that is used in modern industrial workplaces.

Professional accreditation

Deakin's engineering courses are continuously being accredited by Engineers Australia to ensure your qualifications are recognised internationally.

Design-focused experiential learning

At Deakin, engineering theory is complemented by design-focused experiential learning. Professional practice units also provide you with opportunities for workplace visits, practical experience, industry learning and the establishment of valuable networks.



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Hands-on learning

Deakin's environment courses focus on fieldwork. They take you out of the classroom and into the field to give you the opportunity to gain the practical skills that only experience can provide, and the job-ready skills that employers are looking for.

First-class facilities

Facilities that support our environment programs include a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lab, wildlife tracking technology, aquaculture facilities, infrared motion sensing wildlife cameras, and a NATA-accredited water quality laboratory and high-tech research labs.

Industry learning

Deakin's environment courses include a discipline-specific industry placement which puts you in touch with industry through involvement with local councils, community groups and businesses dealing with environmental issues like pollution control, recycling, ecotourism, biodiversity conservation and management.



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Tailor your degree to your career

Deakin's health courses allow you to choose subjects from any area of the University. You can select a combination that suits your interests and tailor your degree towards your desired career.

Gain practical experience

Practical experience is an integral part of many Deakin health courses. Under the supervision of qualified professionals you will gain hands-on experience in a range of settings, preparing you for employment in the real world.

Highly regarded graduates

We employ qualified and enthusiastic staff with broad international links and experience. Their specialist skills inform the teaching programs to ensure our graduates are highly regarded and sought-after by employers.

Information Technology



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Get practical about practising law

We believe the best way to learn is through real world experience and practical learning. Our unique practical units are a valuable component of our law degree.

Add value to your law degree with a combined course

Deakin offers a wide variety of combined courses, adding value and career options to your law degree with just one extra year of study. Deakin's latest combined course is Property and Law, two fields that complement each other and make you extremely employable.

Gain worldly experience

Experience overseas study, and gain a worldly perspective. We offer student exchange, study tours, work-integrated learning and a Global Citizenship Program, to help you become a more competitive graduate.

Nursing and Midwifery

Nursing and Midwifery

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Practical experience commencing in Trimester 1

Our nursing courses include a strong clinical learning program. Commencing in your first trimester of study, your clinical experience is organised by Deakin and contributes approximately 50 per cent of your learning opportunities.

Highly sought-after graduates

Our courses are designed in consultation with our partner hospitals, clinics and industry, ensuring our graduates are highly sought after by employers for their nursing knowledge, communications skills, professionalism, enthusiasm and problem-solving capabilities.

Purpose-built learning facilities

The Clinical Simulation Centre at Deakin University consists of purpose-built simulated clinical environments. There is a centre on each campus and each is well resourced with state-of-the-art equipment to assist your clinical learning and transition towards independent nursing and midwifery practice.

Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition and Dietetics

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Nutrition without VCE chemistry

VCE chemistry is not a prerequisite for our Bachelor of Food and Nutrition. That's great news if you're interest in a career in nutrition but didn't study chemistry at school.

Hands-on practical experience

Hands-on industry experience is an elective option within the final year of our Bachelor of Food and Nutrition and provides a great way to consolidate your knowledge and skills before joining the workforce.

Diverse career opportunities

Our Bachelor of Food and Nutrition is a comprehensive course that prepares you for employment in a range of occupations in private, business or community settings. It also provides a pathway to our Master of Dietetics.



This program is offered as two sequential degrees:

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Fast-tracked career entry

The program is offered as two sequential degrees:

Purpose-built facilities

As a Deakin optometry student you will have the opportunity to use cutting-edge teaching facilities within the brand new, purpose-built Regional Community Health Hub (REACH). This $53 million project was opened in late 2012.

Meeting workforce demands

Optometry is a fast-growing profession, not only in Australia but also internationally due to the increasing role optometrists play in eye care, primary and tertiary medical care, the optical industry and research.

Performing and Creative Arts

Performing and Creative Arts

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World class facilities

We are the only Australian University where you can learn motion capture with the same equipment as that used by award winning Hollywood film directors. See Deakin Motion.lab.

World class researchers

Our researchers are internationally renowned and many hold key roles with national and international associations and on editorial boards of journals.

Real world skills

We aim to give students an intellectually exciting education, anchored in core disciplines, and developing the professional and vocational skills that are essential in the 21st century workplace.



Where in the world will you find positive results?
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Fast-track your degree

Take advantage of Deakin's trimester system and the psychology subjects offered in Trimester 3 and you could fast-track your career entry by completing a three-year psychology degree in just two years of full-time study.

Flexible study options

Undergraduate psychology is more flexible than ever before. You can study on-campus in Burwood, Geelong and Warrnambool; off-campus via the cloud; or with the support of the Deakin Learning Hubs in Craigieburn and Dandenong.

Vast employment opportunities

Psychology is one of the most diverse fields of employment. As a registered psychologist you may work in mental health, human services, public health, criminal justice, organisational development, and child development to name a few.



Where in the world will you find positive results?
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First-class facilities

Learn in a modern teaching environment and gain hands-on experience by participating in laboratory, field and project work. As well as access to first-class infrastructure and facilities, you will also enjoy the advantage of small class sizes.

Industry learning

As a Deakin science student you'll gain experience through innovative practical programs, including professional practice units, designed to develop the skills employers highly value and prepare you for real-life settings.

Research and teaching excellence

Our teaching and research staff are experts in their fields, with broad international links and experiences, much of which is conducted in partnership with government departments, industry and leading international scientists.



Where in the world will you find positive results?
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Professional accreditation - exercise and sport science

Deakin's Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science is the first and only nationally accredited undergraduate exercise and sport science program in Victoria, and a great pathway to further studies in clinical exercise physiology.

Career opportunities

Possible career areas vary from traditional sport, exercise and coaching occupations to sports administration, management and development roles. Growth areas include sports media, IT, event management and marketing as well as sport science and equipment design.

Sport courses at Deakin

Turn your passion for sport into a lucrative career with the industry's most respected degrees. Get everything you love about sport with a Bachelor of Business (Sport Management), Bachelor of Sport Development, Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, Bachelor of Health and Physical Education or Bachelor of Engineering Science - Sports Technology. You can even combine your studies in exercise and sport science and business (sport management) by undertaking our Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Bachelor of Business (Sport Management).

New Courses

New Courses

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Open your door to careers that combine the best of property and law

The legal profession and property industry are key drivers of the Australian and global economy. This new unique course builds on the strong synergy between the property and law disciplines.

Define yourself with the combined criminology and law degree

Combining law with criminology will provide you with broad theoretical and applied knowledge and skills concerning the meaning of crime and justice.


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If you need advice or more information about studying at Deakin, please phone the Deakin Change of Preference hotline:

1300 DEGREE (1300 334 733).

Our hotline is open 9am - 5pm (Mon to Fri).
The hotline will also be open on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 December (9am - 5pm) for your convenience.


There are so many opportunities to visit Deakin, experience a campus tour or talk with representatives face-to-face. To see how you can be part of the Deakin experience, register for one of the following events:

Information evenings

Year 12 students, parents and non-school leavers are invited to attend these free events, where you will have the opportunity to attend a faculty expo and optional breakout sessions. You will also have the opportunity to speak with faculty and recruitment staff, as well as ask current students about their experiences at Deakin.

Tuesday 17 December, 5-7 pm

Melbourne Burwood Campus
221 Burwood Highway, Burwood

5-7 pm

Information expo

5.30-7 pm

Optional break-out sessions, including how to change your preference via VTAC and course/study area information sessions


Wednesday 18 December, 5-7 pm

Geelong Waterfront Campus
1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong

5-7 pm

Information expo

5.30-7 pm

Optional break-out sessions, including how to change your preference via VTAC and course/study area information sessions


Walk and talk tours

Year 12 students, parents and non-school leavers are invited to attend these free events, where you will have the opportunity to take a tour of our campus and get first-hand experience of the facilities and services available, including accommodation. Along the way, you will also have the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the course or study area you are interested in.

Tuesday 17 December, 11 am-1 pm

Warrnambool Campus
Princes Highway, Warrnambool


Wednesday 18 December,
11 am-1 pm and 2-4 pm

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds


Change of preference week Online Chat Sessions

Monday 16 - Friday 20 December, 9 am-5 pm

Our Change of Preference week online chat sessions have now closed.

For more information, please phone 1300 DEGREE (1300 334 733) or email


What is Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)?

VTAC is the centralised admissions centre for most undergraduate university and TAFE (or equivalent) courses in Victoria. For more information, please visit the VTAC website

How many times can I change my preference?

You can change your preference list as many times as you like within the Change of Preference period.

Does the order of my preferences matter?

Yes. Put your course preferences in the order you'd most like them to be considered. Put the course you'd most like to study first, then the course you'd next prefer to study, and so on. This is necessary because during the selection process, your course preferences are considered one at a time in the order in which you've listed them on your application. Remember to aim for your ultimate course. Even if you don't think you'll have the necessary ATAR, it doesn't rule you out. You could also look at alternative pathways to gain entry next year.


What is an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)?

An ATAR is the overall percentile ranking for students in their final year of secondary school in Australia that reflects the individual's performance comparative to other students in the same year.

How is the ATAR calculated?

VTAC uses VCE results issued by VCAA (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority) to calculate the ATAR.

The ATAR is developed from an aggregate produced by adding:

  1. ATAR subject score in English, English Language, Literature or ESL
  2. The next best three ATAR subject scores permissible; and
  3. 10% of the fifth and sixth permissible ATAR subject scores that are available.

What is a Clearly-In ATAR?

A clearly-in ATAR is the ATAR most school-leaver applicants need to achieve to be offered a Commonwealth Supported Place in a particular course.

What is middle-band?

In many courses, approximately 20% of offers for places are made using middle band criteria which give applicants bonus points towards their ATAR. Applicants in the 'middle band' range are looked at individually on the basis of published middle band selection information. For example:

  • performance in the applicant's prerequisite subjects or other specified studies and
  • any special access schemes operated by the University which provide bonus points to individuals who have experienced disadvantage during their studies

Applicants meeting one or more of these criteria will be awarded bonus points and re-ranked to a higher level on the list of applicants. Note: The middle banding process means that some applicants with lower ATAR scores may be selected ahead of students with marginally higher scores.

What is a study score?

A score of 0-50 that shows how a VCE student performed in a particular subject compared to other students in the same year throughout the state. It is calculated from the student's results in assessments and examinations in that subject. These scores are used in the calculation of your ATAR.

VTAC important dates and offers

Can I still apply through VTAC for 2014?

You can apply for a Deakin course through VTAC until 6 December 2013. And, if you change your mind after you have applied, you can change your preferences before 23 December 2013, 12 noon.

When does the change of preference period end?

This year, the Change of Preference period closes on:

  • Monday 23 December 2013 at 12 noon for all domestic undergraduate applicants; and
  • Sunday 5 January 2014 at 4 pm for all Current Year 12 WA, TAS, International Baccalaureate and NZ National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)Year 12 students.

When will offers be made?

VTAC has three main offer rounds:

  • early round - released on 22 November 2013
  • round one - released on 17 January 2014
  • round two - released on 6 February 2014

Offers are advised by VTAC on the date specified above. Deakin will also send an email advising you of further details of your offer.

What is a negotiated offer?

After round one offers are released on 17 January 2014, you may wish to apply to receive a negotiated offer. You can apply for a negotiated offer if you have:

  • received an offer but want to be considered for a course listed lower on your preference list than the offer you have already received
  • received an offer but want to apply for a course not listed on your preference list
  • not received an offer and want to apply for a course not listed on your preference list.

What are negotiated offers?

Some institutions may make supplementary offers after round 2 if they have places available.

You may receive supplementary offers if you:

  • have not received an offer in any of the previous offer rounds (early, round 1 or round 2); and
  • have not been granted an offer for a negotiated offer; and
  • have given VTAC permission to release your application to all courses with vacancies.

You give this permission either at the time of applying or later in your VTAC user account. Supplementary offers will be processed weekly. VTAC will advise you of any negotiated offers via your VTAC account.

If you receive two or more offers at the same time, you will need to choose which offer to accept. You should not accept more than one offer.

What if I don't receive an offer?

Don't worry - there are several pathway options available that can help lead you to your dream course.

What is deferment?

If your application to study at Deakin is successful but it's not the right time for you to commence your studies, Deakin may allow you to postpone (defer) your studies for up to 24 months for most courses.

Entry requirements

What is a prerequisite?

A prerequisite is a subject that must be successfully completed to be considered for selection into a course.

What is a VTAC personal statement?

The VTAC personal statement is a way for applicants to provide selection officers with any information relevant to their application that was not collected as part of the VTAC online application.

What is the Australian Law Schools Entrance Test (ALSET)?

The ALSET is compulsory for most non-school leavers applying for entry into any of Deakin University's undergraduate law degree programs.

What is the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)?

The STAT is a test for non-school leavers, designed to assess a range of competencies commonly considered important for success in tertiary study.

What is graduate entry?

A graduate-entry course requires prior completion of an undergraduate degree (your first degree at university) for entry.


What is a Bachelor degree?

A bachelor's degree is an undergraduate award that is usually the first university degree undertaken.

What is a combined course?

A combined course is an approved combination of courses in complementary areas, undertaken simultaneously, which leads to the conferral of two degrees.

Fees and scholarships

What is a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)?

A CSP is a university place for which the government makes a contribution towards the cost of a student's education.

What is HECS-HELP?

HECS-HELP stands for 'Higher Education Contribution Scheme-Higher Education Loan Program'. It is a loan scheme that helps eligible CSP students pay for tuition costs.

What types of scholarships are available?

Deakin offers a range of generous scholarships to assist in making higher education accessible for everyone. Find out more about the types of scholarships available.

What kind of student am I?

Who is a mature-age student?

Mature-age students are those who are moving into tertiary study and are 21 years or older on 1 January of the year of intake.

Who is a non-school leaver?

Non-school leavers are students who are moving into tertiary study from a background other than Year 12.

What is undergraduate?

An undergraduate student is one who is undertaking their first course at university.

Why would I change my preferences?

There may be a number of reasons why you want to change your preferences, such as:

You have changed your mind

There may be a different course that you think best suits your interests or perhaps you've decided on an alternative location to suit your lifestyle or desired university experience. Just make sure you have met the prerequisites and any other additional requirements for the courses you want to add.

You have done better than you expected

Well done! You may want to include a course you didn't think you could get into. However, it's important to ensure that the courses you put down are those you want to study, as opposed to those you are now eligible for. Remember you should only put down courses that you would actually consider studying.

You didn't do quite as well as you expected

Don't worry! There are always options to get into your desired course, whether it be looking at a different campus or considering a TAFE pathway option. Remember, if your ATAR is just a little below what you need, it is still really important to keep it on your preference list, as the clearly-in ATAR might move up or down. Clearly-in ATARs are based on the demand for the course, at that particular institute. So, the clearly-in ATAR for any given year will depend on how many students choose the course.

There are several pathway options available that can help lead you to your dream course.

Deakin publications

Deakin has a variety of publications available for download that may be useful for your research. The 2014 Undergraduate Course Guide provides you with an introduction to Deakin University, including an overview of the range of undergraduate courses we offer, how to apply, the support services available, our campuses, study options such as part-time and off-campus, and an insight into life as a Deakin student. It is designed to be read in conjunction with the following undergraduate career booklets, which contain detailed course information:

Being worldly starts with positive change.

How to change your VTAC preferences

The VTAC Change of Preference period allows you to re-evaluate your course preference list and change your current VTAC application.
The Change of Preference period opens on Monday 25 November and closes on Monday 23 December 2013, 12 noon.
Step 1.
Log in to your account on the VTAC website.
Step 2.
Rearrange your existing preferences or add new Deakin courses that you may not have considered before - such as combined courses.
Step 3.
Make sure you meet the prerequisites before adding a new course to your preferences.
Step 4.
Finalise and submit your changes.


Pathways are alternative ways that lead to your chosen Deakin degree. Many Deakin students come to university via our range of pathway options.

Deakin at your doorstep Choice of campuses Melbourne Institute of Business & Technology (MIBT) TAFE Pathways Credit for Prior Learning


The Associate Degree of Arts, Business and Sciences (Deakin at Your Doorstep) gives you the opportunity to gain entry into Deakin University and creates a pathway to your chosen degree, without the usual prerequisites. Deakin at Your Doorstep also enables you to study close to home in a supported learning environment.

The associate degree is a two-year, full-time (or part-time equivalent) course.

You can choose from a range of study areas or specialise in streams including arts, business, education, health or sciences.

This course is delivered at the Warrnambool Campus, the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, and in conjunction with our TAFE and community partners:

  • Advance TAFE (Bairnsdale Campus),
  • Chisholm Institute of TAFE (Dandenong and Mornington Peninsula Campuses),
  • Sunraysia Institute of TAFE (Swan Hill Campus),
  • GOTAFE (Wangaratta Campus) and
  • South West Institute of TAFE (Portland Campus).
  • Kangan Institute (Hume Global Learning Centre, Craigieburn)

Completion of the associate degree may give you up to 18 months credit towards your chosen Deakin bachelor degree (as approved by Deakin University).

For more information, please visit Deakin at Your Doorstep.


One of the great things about Deakin is that we have four campuses throughout Victoria - one in Burwood, two in Geelong, one in Warrnambool as well as the option to study off campus.

Many of our courses are offered at more than one campus and the ATAR required for each campus often differs, but the same high-quality degree is delivered no matter which campus you study at.

This provides you with more entry options and enables you to transfer your studies from one campus to another.

Did you know we have a Dandenong Learning Hub?

The hub offers students the option of studying online with special support, providing the flexibility to study at a time and location convenient to them, and fit study in with work and other commitments.


Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology (MIBT) is located at Deakin's Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waterfront Campus and Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, allowing you the opportunity to gain access to Deakin's facilities and services and get involved in uni life.

Upon satisfactory completion of an MIBT diploma and subject to meeting University academic entrance criteria, domestic graduates from MIBT are eligible to apply for entry into the second year of the relevant Deakin University bachelor's degree. You can study in the areas of:

  • Commerce,
  • IT/computing,
  • Health Sciences,
  • Management,
  • Engineering,
  • Media and Communication, and
  • Science.

For more information, please visit

If you've completed a TAFE course at any institution you can apply to Deakin through VTAC. You may receive credit for your TAFE qualification if it is in a similar field to the Deakin course you want to study. In most cases this will reduce the number of units and/or time required to complete your Deakin qualification.

Plus, upon graduation you'll have not one, but two qualifications.

Deakin has four partner TAFEs:

Please note, TAFE qualifications obtained from other institutes may also be considered for application to Deakin.

Important dates 2013-2014


8 November Late applications close
22 November Early round offers released
  25 November VTAC Change of Preference period opens


6 December Very late applications close
VTAC Personal Statement final submissions due
16 December VCE students receive their results and ATAR
  16-20 December Change of Preference hotline open, 9am - 5pm
Live chat sessions, 9am - 5pm
  17 December Deakin Information Evening - Melbourne Burwood Campus, 5-7pm
  17 December Deakin Walk and Talk Tour - Warrnambool Campus, 11am-1pm
  18 December Deakin Walk and Talk Tours - Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm
  18 December Deakin Information Evening - Geelong Waterfront Campus, 5-7pm
  21-22 December Change of Preference weekend hotline open, 9am - 5pm
  23 December Change of Preference hotline open, 9am - 12pm
VTAC Change of Preference period closes at 12 noon


4 January International Baccalaureate (IB) students receive their notional ATAR
5 January VTAC Change of Preference period closes for International Baccalaureate (IB) students
  17 January Round one offers released


6 February Round two offers released
February VTAC supplementary round offers released

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