Research degrees

Take your expertise to the world

A higher degree by research (HDR) from Deakin will help you become a specialist in your field. You'll build knowledge in your profession and contribute to strengthening academic ties to industry and communities. Our researchers enjoy access to world-class facilities and exceptional support services.

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Deakin's research impact

Deakin's researchers discover innovative solutions to real issues facing our planet through research conducted within our four research themes:

Improving health and wellbeing

Covering the broad spectrum of health, Deakin research is helping to improve the health and wellbeing of people across the world.

Designing smarter technology

Be it robotics, big data or composite materials, Deakin researchers are solving 21st-century problems with the aid of cutting-edge, smart technologies.

Enabling a sustainable world

Through every project and program, Deakin research drives outcomes that provide solutions to global environmental and sustainability issues.

Advancing society and culture

Deakin’s research focus on contemporary histories, heritage, society and international development is achieving global outcomes.


Choose Deakin and make a difference

There are a multitude of reasons Deakin's the right choice for your research degree.

  • Our PhD Xtra program offers you an enhanced learning experience through an individual, flexible learning program, tailored by you
  • 89% of our research is rated at or above world-class (Excellence in Research for Australia 2015)
  • We're in the top 2% in global rankings (according to all major international university rankings: Times Higher Education, QS and ARWU)
  • We're the leader in graduate satisfaction in Victoria for the seventh consecutive year (in the Australian Graduate Survey (2010–15) and 2016 QILT survey)
  • Our supervisors are global leaders
  • Our broad international research footprint is continually growing.

PhD Xtra

Join the world’s best and brightest research professionals in our new PhD Xtra program. Deakin offers all HDR students an enhanced learning experience through an individual, flexible learning program tailored by the student.

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My Deakin PhD candidature allows me the time to focus on my research and the opportunity to communicate with other professionals.

Cen Lin

Doctor Of Philosophy (Nursing)

Why study at Deakin?

Deakin is home to world-class facilities, a network of academic supervisors who are leaders in their fields, and a number of globally significant research projects.

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How to apply

Deakin has a streamlined process for applying for a higher degree by research. You can apply via the online Higher Degree By Research Application Form.

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Research scholarships

Deakin offers a range of scholarships to help you complete your study, reach your full potential and achieve your career goals. Our scholarships encompass state, national and international sponsored programs for domestic and international students, and are available across all areas of study.

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Contact us

Our student advisors are available to speak to you one-on-one about your course and career options, scholarships and pathways into Deakin.

Higher Degrees by Research - Candidature office
+61 3 924 45613
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Higher Degrees by Research - Scholarships office
+61 3 5227 2146
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