Information for research students

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidature

Higher degrees by research programs enable you to develop independent research skills and are for students who want to pursue their own theories and ideas at a high conceptual level. The skills developed as part of a research degree include the ability to formulate a significant research problem, relate the research to the broader framework of knowledge in the chosen area, and master appropriate skills to solve a problem. Research results are incorporated into a thesis, and this is submitted for examination.

Undertaking a higher degree by research requires a much greater commitment of time than a coursework degree: up to 36 hours per week for 48 weeks of the year, for a full-time student. Research-level study can lead to a research or academic career. Skills gained through a higher degree by research program are highly valued in the workplace. Visit the respective school website to find out about their research areas and activities, areas of supervision and research contacts.

Courses offered

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Architecture (Research)
  • Master of Construction Management (Research)
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Science

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) is the group within Deakin Research which manages required approval processes for research. Please visit their website for information on ethics approval processes.

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