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Before applying for candidature you need to find and contact a supervisor to discuss research opportunities within the relevant Faculty, School or Institute.
Supervisors play an integral role in your career as a higher degree by research student. The relationship between you and your supervisor can have a large impact on the positive and successful completion of your degree and finding the right supervisor is an important step that every candidate must take.
You can find the supervisor that is right for you by providing us with accurate information, asking the right questions and making good decisions.
To find a supervisor you first need to determine your area of research interest and which area of research expertise it falls into. Topics based around the University’s research priority areas have the advantage of a concentration of resources and facilities, and the stimulating environment and peer support provided by a critical mass of good students and research staff with highly regarded credentials.
A list of Deakin’s areas of research expertise is listed below to help you. Research staff can be found by searching these websites.
Deakin is divided into four Faculties, and their areas of research strengths can be found at:
Deakin also has a number of Institutes and Strategic Research Centres with focused research efforts in the following areas.
You will need to find a supervisor that you think you can work with professionally and have a good personal relationship with. You will work very closely with them for the duration of your degree so your decision should not be taken lightly.
Once you have found a supervisor you think you would like to work with, you will need to contact them directly. You may talk with them on the phone or arrange a meeting. To determine if this supervisor is right for you, some of the questions you may like to ask include:
Please note Deakin may not be able to appoint the person you request as your supervisor and not all research topics are suitable for higher degrees by research. The topic must provide scope for research training, and be likely to lead to sufficient results for an acceptable thesis to be produced within the normal period of candidature.
The Faculty must ensure that your research is appropriate for the School in which you plan to enrol, taking into account
If you are offered candidature, the Faculty will provide a qualified team of supervisors who will guide and support you through every stage of your degree.
Return to Apply for a research degree.