Institute of Koorie Education HDR

HIGHER DEGREES BY RESEARCH

A research degree at Deakin will help you develop the skills and qualifications in conducting research. This is your opportunity to begin a rewarding and meaningful research career in a multi -award winning university performing research that is of world standard. Although not exclusive, a Higher Degree by Research undertaken at the Institute of Koorie Education can focus on how Indigenous ways of knowing can reveal exciting new knowledges within a research space. 

What is a research degree?

While many organisations engage in research, universities also have a unique responsibility to provide research training. This is done in research degree programs including PhD and Masters degrees (more formally, these are called higher degrees by research, or HDR).

The award of a research degree requires the student to satisfactorily complete an approved program of research under the guidance of a supervision team within a prescribed time period. The results of the research are incorporated into a thesis which is submitted for examination at the end of the program. The thesis must be a self-contained, integrated, and coherent body of work that constitutes a substantial original contribution to knowledge as judged by independent experts.

Students enrolled in a research degree program will develop research skills which include:

  • the ability to relate the research to the broader framework of knowledge in the area.
  • the ability to describe the new knowledge that is gained in exploring the problem.

Deakin offers three types of higher degrees by research:

  • Masters by Research
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Psychology (DPsych)

More information about Research Degrees, study areas eligibility and application process can be found at :

Meet the HDR team

Professor Brian Martin


Professor Estelle Barrett

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