Why Deakin

Over 60,000 students from Australia and around the world choose Deakin for progressive, real-world learning that leads to career success.

Choose Deakin to own your future

What do you want from your university experience? If you want to connect with brilliant minds, learn by doing in world-class facilities and take the right step towards your ultimate career, you’ll thrive at Deakin. As an internationally recognised university for over 45 years, we’ve supported over 300,000 students on their journeys to great things.

Top 1% of universities worldwide*

Learn from the best at a university ranked among the very best in the world. This rating highlights Deakin’s world-class facilities, research and teaching, as well as employability, innovation and inclusiveness.

100% Excellence in Research Australia (ERA)^

Research with Deakin to turn your inspiration into creations that change the world. Work side-by-side with brightest minds in industry and use world-leading research facilities to develop solutions that have a genuine impact on the communities we serve.

Victoria’s #1 university for educational experience~

Graduate more fulfilled and confident about the future at a university that puts your study experience first. Whether you’re studying online or on campus, you’ll feel supported to achieve your best and transition into a job you love.

What is real-world learning?

Every degree at Deakin features practical learning that allows you to apply your skills in real-world contexts. By working on industry-relevant projects using the same tools professionals use, you’ll be better prepared for your future career.

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Let's keep Earth wonderful

At Deakin, we’re committed to building a sustainable, wonderful world through innovative research. Our aim is to become carbon neutral by 2025.

Deakin has provided me with a sense of self purpose and confidence. They equip their students with the knowledge and skills to tackle the challenges of tomorrow, today, all while working to improve the future.

Clare Terry

Bachelor of Commerce student

Our research themes

Research at Deakin is guided by our five impact themes. While each theme represents unique opportunities for innovation, at the heart of each theme is a drive to create a better future for our communities. With a multidisciplinary approach to research, we can connect the best thinkers from across the university to find solutions to the world’s biggest challenges.

  • Advancing society and culture – our research helps strengthen society, culture and the economy through creative, contemporary and intercultural approaches to education, the arts and business.
  • Building safe and secure communities – from strengthening community resilience to the development of cutting-edge cyber security, our cross-disciplinary research builds ethical and innovative solutions to global security problems.
  • Improving health and wellbeing – improved health and wellbeing underpins the success of any society, and at Deakin, we’re driving research that impacts lives – globally and locally – in meaningful ways.
  • Enabling a sustainable world – we protect and manage our land, air and marine ecosystems; use innovative resource management technologies; and support the transition to sustainable energy solutions.
  • Designing smarter technologies – we’re developing practical technology with ethical foundations to support a sustainable, progressive society.

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The Deakin story

Deakin has been a progressive university from day one. Year after year, advancements in technology, groundbreaking research outcomes and course delivery methods have put Deakin at the forefront of higher education. Our achievements as a university span five decades, starting in 1974 when we became the first university in Australia to specialise in distance education.

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* ARWU Rankings, 2022
^ State of Australian University Research 2018–19: ERA National Report
~ 2020 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students, UA benchmark group Victorian universities