We offer students a learning experience second to none, and are proud of being a multi-award winning, internationally recognised university.

With a history of being innovative and cutting edge, we offer excellent facilities, exceptional teaching and flexible learning to all our 60,000 students, whether on campus or online.

I was drawn to Deakin because of its known reputation in the community as a university that produced well-rounded graduates.

Katelyn Wall

Bachelor of Nursing student

World rankings

Top 1% university

Placed at 211, we're ranked in the top 1% of universities globally by the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018.

This rating indicates world-class facilities, research and teaching, as well as employability, innovation and inclusiveness.

Top young university

Deakin ranks 31 in the QS ranking of the world's top universities under 50 years.

A five-star university

Deakin was awarded a 5-star rating by the prestigious university ranking organisation Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The rating indicates Deakin is world-class in a broad range of areas, has cutting-edge facilities and is internationally renowned for its research and teaching.

Excellence in Research for Australia Rankings

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2015 is a comprehensive quality evaluation of all research produced in Australian universities. Of the research we conduct at Deakin, 89% was rated at or above world standard.

Our course rankings of 5 (well above world standards)

Our courses are ranked five out of five in the ERA, for:

  • macromolecular and materials chemistry 
  • environmental science and management
  • zoology
  • materials engineering
  • human movement and sports science
  • medical microbiology
  • neurosciences
  • nutrition and dietetics
  • pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
  • medical physiology.

Our course rankings of 4 (above world standards)

Our courses are ranked four out of five in the ERA, for:

  • engineering and medical and health sciences clusters
  • analytical chemistry
  • fisheries sciences
  • manufacturing engineering
  • paediatrics and reproductive medicine
  • pharmacology
  • nursing
  • commercial services
  • curatorial studies.

What separates us from the rest

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Leaders in online education

Deakin has created a technology-rich learning environment.

We systematically review our courses for delivery in a digitally leveraged environment, whether on campus or online. Our libraries and learning spaces are media-rich and have a flexible design that supports both individual and collaborative learning.

Deakin's Cloud Campus

Students can study online at Deakin's Cloud Campus where state-of-the-art digital tools provide direct access to world-renowned academics and everything students need to succeed at university. Studying in the Cloud means students can:

  • visit online classrooms to watch classes, submit assessments and take part in live discussions
  • attend meetings with students and staff
  • access library resources
  • download classes and presentations to stream whenever it suits
  • sit exams in Victoria, Australia or further abroad.

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#15 online MBA globally

Deakin's online MBA has been ranked 15th internationally by prestigious university rankings organisation QS.

The world's most comprehensive ranking of online and distance learning MBA programs, the decision was based on 18 indicators, including employer reputation, work experience of the students studying, accreditation and completion rate.

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Our reputation for world-class research puts Deakin ahead of the pack

Student satisfaction

Deakin has been rated first in Victoria for student satisfaction for eight consecutive years (Australian Graduate Survey (2010–15) and QILT Student Experience Survey (2016–18)).

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Thought leaders and world-class research

In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ranking, 89% of Deakin's research was rated at or above world standard. In 2017 six of our researchers were included in the Thomson Reuters annual listing of researchers most cited in academic journals, ranked in the top one per cent of researchers in their field.

The listed researchers are: Alfred Deakin Professors David Crawford, Jo Salmon and Kylie Ball, all from Deakin’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (IPAN). Alfred Deakin Professor Michael Berk, Director of the Centre for Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Treatment (IMPACT). Alfred Deakin Professor Wei Duan from the School of Medicine and Alfred Deakin Professor Paresh K Narayan from Deakin Business School.

Advances in research have been a hallmark of Deakin's success in recent years with impressive growth in quality, impact and income.

World-class facilities and their impact

Deakin’s Geelong Innovation Precinct has cutting edge research infrastructure and capability in materials engineering and fibre science. 

It includes the Australian Future Fibres Innovation and Research Centre and the world’s leading carbon fibre research line, Carbon Nexus, as well as first-class research facilities for robotics and simulation, energy technology, metals manufacturing, design and modelling.

The Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) provides some of the best future-focused engineering and design facilities in the Australian university sector and in regional Australia. CADET facilities include additive manufacturing technologies, CNC machining centres, 3D printers, a virtual reality lab, a chemical, corrosives and material lab, a high voltage lab and design and realisation studios.

Learning and teaching awards

Deakin fosters an environment in which teaching excellence is recognised and celebrated.

Deakin regularly does well in the national awards for teaching excellence offered through the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT). The selection criteria for Deakin's Vice-Chancellor's Awards have been developed to align with the criteria for the prestigious OLT national teaching awards.

Research with global impact

In the drive for global sustainability, Deakin supports one of the world’s most prestigious environmental and marine science research programs. Our ecologists help protect Australia’s vulnerable flora and fauna from disease, rapid development and climate change.

Our marine research
Marine researchers have developed Deakin's purpose-built research vessel – Yolla – which houses the most advanced sonar system in the world. Here, they've created a detailed continuous map of Victoria's sea floor habitats. This data is playing a key role in supporting fishery and conservation management of the state’s marine environments.

The global aquaculture industry is being supported by our nutritionists, who are investigating the effect of farmed fish diets on human nutrition. Researchers at the newly expanded TERI Deakin Nanobiotechnology Research Centre in India are working with colleagues in Australia to develop solutions to global issues such as food security, sustainable agricultural practices and environmental sustainability.

Our local partnerships

Deakin has a rich history of developing meaningful partnerships, linking academia with:

  • industry
  • government
  • research institutions
  • NGOs 
  • like-minded universities worldwide.

Our worldwide partnerships

Deakin has over 400 partnerships to support academic collaboration with universities across the globe. The partnerships support student exchange and study abroad, study tours, dual degrees and in-country language programs.

In 1994, Deakin was the first Australian university to establish an office in India. This has now expanded to 40 strategic research/academic partnerships and 15 corporate partnerships in India.

The Deakin India Research Initiative (DIRI) is enhancing India’s research capacity through a strong connection to Australia in areas of critical importance to both countries including health and food security.

Deakin also has an office in Beijing and has developed a number of research and academic partnerships with key universities in China including four Sino Foreign Joint programs recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

In Indonesia, Deakin has forged links with over 40 Indonesian universities to support joint research programs and foster the up-skilling of Indonesian academics through Deakin PhD programs.

Deakin’s Pre-Departure Centres in Indonesia provide English language and research skills training to potential PhD candidates. We invite you to join us and explore the many opportunities on offer.