Entry pathways to Higher Degrees
Entry to a research degree at Deakin is based on a demonstrated capacity to undertake significant research in the proposed field. This means that you should have completed:
- advanced coursework in a relevant field of study
- initial research training in appropriate methods and
- a research project resulting in a written report or comparable output.
The University will assess each case on its merits. It is not possible to comment on qualifications or publications without full documentation. The final decision about the standard of an applicant's research ability is made by the University, not by individual faculty members. Research ability is only one factor in the decision to offer candidature – others include availability of supervision, university strategic goals and available funding.
Research ability may be demonstrated in a variety of ways. There are minimum requirements for your application to be considered and additional entry pathways which also may be presented to demonstrate the required standard.
The following table provides a guide to grade equivalence at Deakin University. It is an indicator only and does not automatically equate to other institution grades.
||Deakin Honours Grade
||Upper Second class
||Lower Second class
Minimum entry pathways
||Minimum grade requirement
||Candidature and scholarship
||Undergraduate degree plus additional one year of supervised research
||at least 2/3 thesis
|Research project -
thesis 10,000-20,000 words
The minimum requirements above are applicable to candidates applying for a PhD. To apply for a Research Masters degree, the minimum standard for Honours is H2B. To apply for a Research Masters degree and scholarship, the minimum standard for Honours is H1.
Additional entry pathways (optional)
Note: the contribution of the applicant must be clearly described where there are multiple authors.
- journal articles
- conference papers
- other publications
- Professional reporting
- Prior learning
- Research related awards/ prizes
- Other evidence of research ability
You must provide demonstrated evidence of the above, which have been independently assessed. You should also include details on the nature of your research ability, such as the length and content of the program or research, with particular attention to the standard of any research component.