Facilities

We offer state-of-the-art facilities, including a purpose-built crime scene house, new labs at the Melbourne Burwood Campus, an aquaculture facility at Warrnambool and more.


Technology hub and purpose-built facilities

Studying at Deakin gives science students access to cutting-edge technology and the very best in facilities. 

The Geelong Technology Precinct features the latest research capabilities in materials, biotechnology, chemistry and environmental engineering. 

Deakin also has regional strengths in manufacturing and agri-processing, a purpose-built crime scene training facility for our forensic science students, and state-of-the-art biomedical research laboratories, with links to the Deakin Medical School.


First-class facilities and equipment

Our environment students have access to industry-standard facilities and equipment.

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lab
  • Wildlife tracking technology
  • Aquaculture facilities
  • Infrared motion sensing wildlife cameras
  • High-tech research labs
  • Research vessels
  • Remotely operated underwater vehicles

Research and laboratory teaching space

The school is continuously improving its teaching laboratories to ensure we provide high-quality practical experiences befitting the needs of the modern scientist.

New teaching facilities at the Melbourne Burwood Campus provide large, modern teaching laboratories with contemporary design and IT infrastructure.

In 2016, Deakin opened three new seated chemistry, physiology and preparation laboratories. New biology and preparatory laboratories opened in 2017 alongside other support areas.

Specialised equipment

In 2015, the school acquired a new scanning electron microscope, which will be shared with the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM). The existing one, though 20 years old, continues to be an essential instrument for research and also for teaching. 

Our collaborative relationship with IFM provides our students with access to the nuclear magnetic resonance facility. 

Our students also have access to specialised equipment and expertise within the School of Medicine, such as the Metabolic Research Unit and animal phenomics facility.

Vehicles and boats

The school's own fleet of vehicles is available to staff and students across all three campuses, including twin cabs, four-wheel drives, station wagons and a light rigid truck for towing our larger boats at Warrnambool.

Deakin's research vessel, Yolla, is equipped with highly specialised, multibeam sonar and GPS equipment valued at $650,000. This enables students to better understand our marine coastal biodiversity through the use of the most advanced oceanographic mapping technologies. Yolla has the latest generation seafloor mapping systems, which are used to develop detailed pictures of the ocean floor.

Fieldwork facilities

The school is active in its field research work, which covers a diverse range of interests such as wildlife, land management, conservation, seabird and marine studies, climate change and palaeontology studies. 

The school boasts long-term links to excellent facilities in Cape Conran, the Otways and the Grampians.