Information for research students

Admissions and applications

Admission to Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidature is normally granted on the basis of a bachelor's degree with honours or a master's degree with a substantial research component. It is expected that a candidate for a doctoral program will have achieved the standard of at least second class honours (upper division), and that a candidate for a master's degree will have achieved the standard of second class honours.

Other qualifications and experience may be considered for entry if the HDR Committee accepts them as equivalent to those above. Where entry is sought based on alternative qualifications, a key requirement is that there has been independent research leading to a thesis or equivalent publications.

The HDR Committee looks for evidence of research potential and demonstrated ability to produce a significant report - two qualities which will be essential for successful candidature.

International students should visit the Research at Deakin website for information on applications, scholarships and fees.

English Language Requirements
Where your first language is not English, you will need to provide documentary evidence of English proficiency such as the following, completed no more than two years preceding the date of enrolment at Deakin:
  • IELTS (Academic) score of 7 with no band score lower than 6.5
  • TOEFL Paper-Based-Test score of 600 (Writing: 5) or better
  • TOEFL Internet-Based-Test score of 100 (Writing: 24) or better
  • Satisfactory completion of at least two academic years of full-time study in a university degree program where English is the language of instruction and assessment

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