Postgraduate by coursework applications

Gain qualifications, advance your career or learn more about what you love with a postgraduate degree from Deakin. With three intakes each year, there are always options to apply for postgraduate study and commence your course at Deakin.

Apply in four steps

Applying for postgraduate study at Deakin couldn't be easier. Read through the steps below to discover how to apply.

Find a course

Use Deakin's find a course tool to browse our study areas or use the handy search filters to find a course that's right for you. 

Each course description will tell you its specific intake dates so you'll know when to apply, how to apply and what the course entry requirements are. 

Find a course

What academic entry requirements will I need?

Make sure you understand the entry requirements for your chosen course by reading the course details carefully. Some courses may also require you to provide extra materials like a portfolio or personal statement.

The following are examples of general entry requirements by qualification type. Actual entry requirements will differ from course to course.

Graduate certificate and graduate diploma

Entry requirements might include:

  • an approved three-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from an approved university or other educational institution
  • equivalent qualifications through examination or relevant professional or industrial experience.

Master’s degree by coursework

You've completed at least a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, of an acceptable standard from an approved university or other educational institution.

Master’s degree by research

You have a bachelor's degree with honours (second class or above) from a recognised tertiary institution in an appropriate discipline for which Deakin can provide the required supervisory expertise. 

Please contact Deakin University faculty staff to discuss your research areas of interest before submitting an application.

Learn more about becoming a research degree student

Gather supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it's important to attach any requested supporting documentation, otherwise your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Examples of supporting documents you may need to include: 

  • award certificates 
  • academic transcripts 
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport or drivers licence). 

Find out more about preparing your application

Submit your application

Submit your application to study a postgraduate degree through Deakin's online applicant portal. Follow the prompts to make the process easy.

Apply now via the Deakin Applicant Portal

Additional requirements

A number of courses at Deakin may require additional documentation or qualifications for admission, including courses in education, medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology and performing and creative arts. These may be required as part of your application, while some may be required after you apply. Check your course's details page for more information.

Examples of additional requirements include the following:

  • an interview 
  • a written test 
  • a current police check from your country/state of residence 
  • an immunisation history/ evidence of vaccinations 
  • a portfolio of work
  • referee reports 
  • a project proposal 
  • a preference form 
  • an audition.

When to supply additional requirements

Your individual course page will provide a list of requirements specific to your chosen field of study. Some of these additional selection criteria may need to be submitted with your application, while others may only be required after you receive an offer of a place. It's your responsibility to check these requirements and ensure that all instructions are followed.

Application checklist

Please make sure you do the following: 

  • include your scholarship applicant ID (if applicable), full name and contact details on all of your documents 
  • provide supporting documents before the closing date 
  • check your supporting documents and confirm the information you've provided in your application 
  • ensure your supporting documents are as specific as possible, certified and current.


We offer a variety of scholarships to financially help students through their Deakin experience. Students who study full time on campus are awarded scholarships based on academic merit. Additional eligibility requirements may apply for selected scholarships.

Find a Deakin scholarship that's right for you

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

Credit for Prior Learning is the recognition of previous study, work or volunteer experience you might have completed. If approved, it can reduce the number of units you need to study at Deakin, allowing you to complete your course earlier.

Find out more about Credit for Prior Learning


When submitting your application, we’ll ask you to provide any extra information necessary, like details of previous study and work experience to help us consider your application. All applicants will be asked to demonstrate a level of English proficiency. Depending on the course, a more specific requirement such as maths or a portfolio may also be required.

English language requirements

There is a minimum level of English proficiency required to study all of our courses. Generally, you can meet this requirement by demonstrating you've completed Year 12, or studied at a TAFE or university in English and in an English speaking country.

Check our English language requirements (PDF, 184KB)

Minimum computing requirements

At Deakin, we make extensive use of technology in our teaching. To study at Deakin you are required to have:

  • access to a device such as a desktop computer or laptop
  • connectivity to the internet
  •  capability to use Deakin's online learning environments.

Learn more about Deakin's computing requirements

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