Flexible study options
There's more than one way to study at Deakin.
- Off-campus and online
- Full or part-time
- Trimester options
- Combined courses
- Cross institutional
- Single unit (non-award)
- VCE extension studies
- Campus options
Many Deakin courses provide the option to access some of your lectures online or use interactive online study methods.
This helps you fit your studies around your life, gives flexibility to on-campus students and creates opportunities to learn in a new way.
As an off-campus student, your course is exactly the same as an on-campus student, except that instead of attending on-campus classes, you receive comprehensive study materials and support.
This option is particularly useful if you are juggling study with work, family or other commitments.
Deakin's distance education courses are externally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the US Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). Deakin is one of only four Australian universities to receive this accreditation.
Many of our courses are available in off-campus study mode, giving you a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses to choose from. For more details find a course or refer to the off-campus course guide.
Note Not all courses or units are available through off-campus study. Check course details for more information.
We adapt our comprehensive range of services and activities to suit off-campus students. These include:
- Orientation program for new students, and all areas of administrative and academic support.
- Award-winning library services, among the best in the world.
Studying off campus doesn't feel like studying at a distance when you use Deakin's online technology and interactive study methods. These include:
Online conferencing enables peer support as well as group and individual communication between staff members and students. It's an increasingly important part of our teaching and learning environment.
Tutorial and tele-tutorial groups
These groups give you the opportunity to discuss any aspect of your unit with your tutor and to make contact with other students. The tutorials are usually held in Geelong, Melbourne and Warrnambool.
These are conducted in some courses to enable you to meet our academic staff members and your fellow students. Depending on the unit, the weekend school is usually held only once each trimester, over one or two days. It is usually not compulsory to attend weekend schools.
Full or part-time study
Study at a pace that works for you
Full-time and part-time study options allow you to choose the pace of your study.
You can switch between full-time and part-time study throughout your degree.
Every unit (subject) you enrol in has a credit point rating. If you are enrolled in 3 or more credit points in a trimester, you are considered a full-time student for that trimester. Any less, and you're considered part-time.
International students must generally study full time as part of their visa requirements.
Greater flexibility to plan your study schedule
Deakin has three trimesters each year. Trimester 3 is not compulsory - it provides another study option.
Depending on your course, you may be able to:
- commence your degree sooner or at a more convenient time of year
- fast-track your study by taking extra units
- catch up on studies missed in other trimesters.
Note Full-time students need to complete two trimesters a year.
Combined courses or 'double degrees'
Some courses at Deakin let you undertake two degrees at the same time. You'll complete two degrees faster than it would take to complete them separately, and you'll also save on university fees.
Increase your career options
Studies have shown that employers prefer graduates of combined courses. Deakin offers powerful combinations that will help you stand out as a graduate and increase your career options.
Increase your knowledge
When you graduate you'll have up-to-date knowledge of two disciplines. Later on, you may choose to undertake a graduate program in an area of special interest.
Combined courses are designed to allow students to complete both courses in as little as four or five years, which is quicker than completing one degree followed by the other.
Popular combined courses include:
- Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws
Develop a sound understanding of the context in which the law operates in the business world.
- Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of International Studies
Designed for students seeking a broader education and an international edge for their future career.
- Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) / Bachelor of Arts
This degree gives you a joint qualification in both secondary teaching and arts.
- Bachelor of Health Sciences / Bachelor of Arts
This degree is ideal if you are interested in a career in either health or arts, giving you great flexibility to tailor your studies to your particular interests.
- Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Midwifery
Develop specialist skills related to midwifery in addition to those of a Registered Nurse.
- Master of Politics and Policy / Master of Business Administration
Provides you with a strong grounding in the development, implementation and analysis of public policy, and a unique opportunity to acquire a broad range of knowledge and skills applicable in many sectors of the economy.
- Master of Professional Accounting / Master of Commerce
Provides you with the skills, technical knowledge and understanding required in the increasingly complex and evolving field of accounting and commerce, as well as its application within the broader world of business.
- Master of Business Administration (International) / Master of International Finance
Develop a set of knowledge and skills that meets the demand in the workplace for competent managers in large organisations, who have an excellent knowledge of finance.
Increasing your study unit options
If another tertiary institution offers a unit that you want to do as part of your course, and the unit isn't offered at Deakin, you may be able to enrol and gain credit towards your Deakin degree.
Likewise, students from other universities may apply to enrol in units at Deakin. Prior approval from your faculty/institution is required.
Find out how to apply.
Single unit (non-award) studies
Pursue your interests or see if university is right for you
Enrolling in a single unit allows you to test the waters and pursue your personal and professional interests, prior to enrolling in a full program.
If successfully completed, the unit may be counted as credit towards a degree course.
What can I study?
Single unit (non-award) study provides you with access to a wide variety of tertiary level units. Some units have prerequisites or special requirements, but most are open to all.
Use the Search for a unit feature in the Handbook to find a non-award unit that is right for you.
Find out how to apply.
VCE extension studies
Start your Deakin University experience while you're still at school
If you're studying VCE Health and Human Development or VCE Psychology, you can take on a university unit and gain credit when you commence your Deakin degree.
Find out more about the VCE Extension Studies program.
One of the great things about Deakin is that we have four campuses throughout Victoria.
Many of our courses are offered at more than one campus. The ATAR required for each campus often differs, but the same high-quality degree is delivered no matter which campus you study at.
This provides you with more entry options and enables you to transfer your studies from one campus to another.
Find a course and check the details of where the course is offered.