How to apply

Deakin has a streamlined process for applying for a higher degree by research. You need to apply via the online Higher Degree By Research Application Form. You'll be required to attach a number of certified supporting documents, in addition to your research proposal and referee reports.

Scholarship application dates

Unless you're applying for a scholarship, research degree applications are accepted throughout the year and most areas allow you to commence your program without being confined to Deakin's trimesters. 

Read about Deakin's research degree scholarships

DatesApplicant type
1 May - 31 Oct 2016 Local applicants (citizens and permanent residents of Australia and citizens of New Zealand)
1 Feb – 31 July 2016International applicants

Applications for Doctor of Psychology or Master of Science (Research)

If you are a Doctor of Psychology applicant or a Master of Science (Research) applicant, please follow the relevant directions below.

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) applicants

Applications for Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) can be lodged online via the Deakin applicant portal.

Please read the applicant guidelines (below) before lodging your request for a referee report via the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council online portal.

For more information please email School of Psychology.

Applications close on 31 October each year.

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) applicants should follow the steps outlined below to apply for candidature and/or scholarship.

Master of Science (Research) applicants

The Master of Science (Research) degree differs from a Masters by Research. It comprises a unique combination of coursework and research and provides the pathway between undergraduate study and a doctoral degree. 

It's open to both domestic and international students.

For more information  

International applicants

Deakin International
+61 3 9627 4877
or enquire via our online form

Domestic applicants

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
+61 3 9244 6699
Email the faculty

Applying in eight steps

Follow these eight steps to successfully complete your application:

Check the entry pathways

Entry to a research degree at Deakin is based on your demonstrated capacity to undertake significant research in a proposed field. 

Your ability can be demonstrated in a variety of ways. In addition to the entry pathway requirements, there are additional eligibility criteria for entry into a scholarship.

Find out more about entry pathways to research degrees

Find a supervisor

Before you start your application, please contact a supervisor for advice on your research topic and proposal. A list of potential research areas and supervisors can be found via our Find a supervisor page.

This step is applicable to all applicants except those applying to study in the Faculty of Business and Law. For all supervisor and research degree related enquiries, prospective Business and Law Faculty students should email the faculty directly.

Arrange referee reports

Your application needs to be supported by two referee reports from current or former lecturers or academic or employment supervisors who are able to comment on your research expertise and potential. 

Forward the referee report form below directly to your referees to complete. 

These reports are confidential and referees should send them back to Deakin, ideally as soon as possible.

Prepare your proposal

Provide a brief outline of your proposed research topic. This will be used to assess whether the university has appropriate supervision expertise available. If you've already been in contact with a potential supervisor, you may work with them to develop your research proposal. 

Learn more about preparing a research proposal

Prepare certified documentation and evidence of English proficiency

Attach certified copies of key documentation in support of your application, including academic transcripts, proof of citizenship, identification and English language skills (if applicable).

Learn more about preparing and certifying documents

Academic transcripts

Please provide transcripts of all tertiary education studies taken outside Deakin.

Transcripts should indicate the name of the qualification, the institution, the years of study, the subjects/units undertaken, the grades achieved, explanatory notes concerning the grades and proof that the qualification was completed. 

If transcripts are in a foreign language, an English translation is to be supplied.

Previous research degrees

If you've previously been enrolled in a research degree at another institution, or are applying to transfer your research degree from elsewhere, proof of your commencement date and evidence of any intermissions or changes of candidature (e.g. from full time to part time) are to be provided.

Providing proof of identification and citizenship

You will need to submit evidence of your citizenship and personal details (name, date of birth, etc.). Please provide: 

  • a certified copy of your birth certificate, relevant pages of your passport or a citizenship certificate if you're an Australian or New Zealand citizen 
  • a certified copy of the relevant pages of your passport showing your visa or a letter with your residency status from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection if you're an Australian permanent resident 
  • a certified copy of relevant pages of your passport showing your identity and citizenship if you're an international passport holder 
  • proof of any changes of name (e.g. marriage certificate) if applicable

English language requirements, if required

If your first language isn't English, or if your degree qualifications weren't undertaken in English, please provide evidence of English proficiency.

The English language requirements for Deakin's higher degrees by research courses are benchmarked against the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) standards, which can be found in the tables below.

Tests cannot be more than two years old.

BAND A 6/6 Overall 6.0, no band less than 6.0
BAND B 6.5/6 Overall 6.5, no band less than 6.0
BAND C 7/6.5 Overall 7.0, no band less than 6.5
BAND D 7/7 Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0
BAND E 7/7/7.5 Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0, speaking and listening 7.5

Higher degree by research applicants must demonstrate that they meet the English language requirements to the level required by the faculty or institute in at least one of the ways specified above in the following table:

English language requirements - Previous studies in English


Entire secondary and post-secondary studies and residency in Australia, or other specified English-speaking country since graduation Study at an institution within Australia or specified English speaking country, completed no more than 2 years prior to enrolment at Deakin
Faculty of Arts and Education + Institute of Koorie Education Accepted 2 academic years of full-time study at tertiary level
Faculty of Business and Law Accepted 3 academic years of full-time study at tertiary level
Faculty of Health Accepted 3 academic years of full-time study at tertiary level
Faculty of Science,Engineering and Built Environment Accepted 2 academic years of full-time study at tertiary level
Institute for Frontier Materials Accepted 2 academic years of full-time study at tertiary level

English language requirements - English language tests


Faculty of Arts and Education + Institute of Koorie Education Faculty of Business and Law Faculty of Health Faculty of Science,Engineering and Built Environment
IELTS: International English Language Testing System Band C: overall 7.0, no band less than 6.5 Band C: overall 7.0, no band less than 6.5 Band C: overall 7.0, no band less than 6.5 Band B: overall 6.5, no band less than 6.0
TOEFL (IBT): Test of English as a Foreign Language (internet based test) 94 Writing 24 94 Writing 24 94 Writing 24 79 Writing 21
TOEFL (IBT): Test of English as a Foreign Language (paper based test) 600 Writing 5 600 Writing 5 600 Writing 5 577 Writing 4.5
CPE: Cambridge English: Proficiency Overall score of 185, no band less than 176 Overall score of 185, no band less than 176 Overall score of 185, no band less than 176 Overall score of 176, no band less than 169
CAE: Cambridge English: Advanced Overall score of 185, no band less than 176 Overall score of 185, no band less than 176 Overall score of 185, no band less than 176 Overall score of 176, no band less than 169
PTE: Pearson’s Test of English (Academic) 65: No less than 58 in each skills 65: No less than 58 in each skills 65: No less than 58 in each skills 58: No less than 50 in each skills
DUELI EAP program (completed 1 year prior to enrolment) EAP 4 – 65% EAP 4 – 65% EAP 4 – 65% EAP 4 – 60%
DUELI Test (completed 6 months prior to enrolment) Score of 7.0 Score of 7.0 Score of 7.0 Score of 6.5

Work experience in English accepted by The Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

Substantial written work in an English speaking professional environment for a period of at least 3 years immediately prior to enrolment. Documentary evidence must be provided by senior management of the employing organisation to the satisfaction of the Academic Board

The Faculty of Health and Science, Engineering and Built Environment and the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) may allow you to provide proof of your English proficiency after they've approved your application.

The required standard may be achieved by taking a course at Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI).

Find out more about DUELI

Where to send your certified documentation

Please send all certified documentation to the relevant postal address below.

Australian or New Zealand applicants

HDR Admissions Officer, Deakin Research
Building BC
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood
Victoria 3125

International applicants

Deakin International
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood
Victoria 3125
Australia

Prepare additional information

Submit your curriculum vitae or résumé as part of your online application in section 1.

Publications information to include

If you've had your research published, outline your contribution to the work, state whether the journal or conference was national or international, submit a copy of the contents page and abstract page for each item but don’t attach the full article. 

Provide a list of publications with a breakdown as follows:

  • refereed journal articles
  • refereed conference papers
  • non-refereed conference papers
  • books based on original research
  • book chapters based on original research
  • professional research reports

Bibliographic information to include

For each published work provide full bibliographic references, for example: 

  • Name / names - Smith. J., Brown. S., Shaw. P. 
  • Title
  • Name of publication
  • Type of publication, (e.g. refereed journal article, non-refereed journal article, book chapter, review etc.)
  • Publication details (e.g. Volume 29, issue 2, 2005)

Apply online via Deakin's applicant portal

Answer all questions thoroughly in your online application and attach all requested documents. If information is missing it may affect your chances of being accepted.

Apply via the Deakin Applicant Portal

Remember to mail in certified copies

Scanned copies of identification and academic transcript documents may be attached to your online application, but it is essential that you also post certified copies of the originals to Deakin as soon as possible. We can’t make an offer until hard copies of these documents are received.

Australian or New Zealand applicants

HDR Admissions Officer, Deakin Research
Building BC
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood
Victoria 3125

International applicants

Deakin International
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood
Victoria 3125
Australia

Eligibility

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 to see if you've met these standards (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

For details of these requirements and additional information refer to Deakin's computing, connectivity and capability requirements.

Need assistance?

Higher Degrees by Research - Candidature office
+61 3 9251 7768
Email the HDR Candidature office

Higher Degrees by Research - Scholarships office
+61 3 5227 2146
Email the HDR Scholarships office