Flexible study options

Deakin offers flexible study options for those who are unable to study on-campus and/or full-time.

Part-time research degrees

Research degrees may be undertaken on a part-time basis, which is treated as 'half-time'. This will suit many candidates, but obviously it is going to take twice as long to complete the degree. As there is a risk of losing focus on the research topic over such a long period, applicants are encouraged to enrol full-time if at all possible. The issue of part-time study should be discussed early on with any potential supervisor.

The expected and maximum completions times are shown below:

  Mode of study Expected completion time (years) Maximum completion time (years)
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time 3 4
Part-time 6 8
Masters by Research Full-time 2 2
Part-time 4 4

It may be possible to switch your candidature from full-time to part-time or vice versa at any stage. Part-time study is subject to University approval concerning the suitability of your proposed topic of research to this mode of study. In general the University will recognise the compelling needs of research degree students to enrol part-time.

Off-campus research degrees

Although the vast majority of research students study on-site at one of our four campuses, it is an option to study off-campus depending on your chosen field of study. Deakin currently has a number of research degree students who reside in other states and in other countries. Students are required to have computer and internet access as all university correspondence is sent in this way. Students are given a Deakin University email account and are expected to check this regularly. Emails can be forwarded from this to another preferred address, but it is the student's responsibility to ensure this is maintained.

Off-campus study is subject to University approval concerning the suitability of your proposed topic of research to this mode of study.

Your Faculty may also require that you attend certain events (e.g. confirmation or seminars).

Please note: Scholarship holders are generally required to remain enrolled full-time and on-campus for the duration of the award.

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