Intensive units

Intensive units allow you to manage your work commitments by completing a unit over six consecutive days of intensive study. During this time, you'll immerse yourself in the MBA, undertake innovative learning activities and build professional networks.

The venue

Intensives are conducted at the Waurn Ponds Estate, a world-class, purpose-built conference centre within the grounds of Deakin's Waurn Ponds Campus in Geelong. More information on the venue can be found on

The intensives provide an excellent environment and opportunity to build your teamwork, communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills – the very skills that are in high employer demand. By enhancing your MBA in this interactive, face-to-face intensive mode you'll achieve a valuable point of difference in the job market.

How to enrol

Deakin intensive units are open to both currently enrolled Deakin students and students who wish to study a single (non-award) unit.

Current Deakin students

Enrol in the intensive unit of your choice using the standard enrolment process.

You'll need to have have completed any prerequisites and the unit must meet course completion rules. Check the handbook for details.

Once enrolled, you'll be contacted by the intensives team with further information.

Find out more about enrolment

Find out more about unit selection

Single (non-award) students

Intensive units offered are available as single (non-award) units of study. You'll need to apply for a single unit of study, and places in intensive units may be subject to capacity. When considering intensive units please note the teaching commencement dates, which may differ to usual trimester dates.

Normally the teaching period for an intensive unit commences 6–7 weeks prior to the actual intensive date. Successful students will be notified by email.

Find out about applying for a single unit of study


Conference fees for intensive units are in addition to the tuition fee and vary depending on the type of accommodation chosen. All prices include GST:

Single room Twin share Day rate
Non-refundable deposit $275 $275 $275
Conference package $1782 $1539 $1264
Total $2057 $1814 $1539


  • Single accommodation is limited.
  • Day rate is not recommended for participants outside the Geelong area.
  • All fees are charged in Australian dollars (AUD).

The following items are included in the packages:

  • accommodation
  • conference facilities
  • full buffet breakfast
  • morning tea
  • working lunch
  • afternoon tea
  • two-course dinner (three course one evening)
  • Beverages served with dinner (selected wine, selected beer, juice)
  • Wi-fi internet
  • free parking.

Students will receive separate invoices for the tuition fee and the intensive conference fees.

Enrolment into the unit does not guarantee you a place unless the deposit is paid. Students successful in gaining a place in an intensive unit will be notified by email.

Intensive units may not proceed where there are insufficient numbers.


A non-refundable deposit of $275 inclusive of GST is required to secure enrolment into each intensive unit. Should payment not be made by the requested date, your place in the intensive may not be secured.

Students successful in gaining a place in an intensive unit will be notified by email.

Please note many intensive units reach maximum capacity very quickly, with a wait list for attendance.

In the event that insufficient students are not enrolled in a unit to enable the intensive to run, students will be refunded their deposit.


Booking travel

Students are advised not to make any travel arrangements until confirmation is received.


Intensive enquiries

For any intensive enquiries, please email

Course enquiries

For all course enquiries please contact the Student Service Network.

+61 3 9244 6555

2020 intensive units schedule

Schedule for 2020 intensive units

Census date


Leading People in Organisations
Sunday 8 November – Friday 13 November 2020
(Online intensive)

Now Closed

Students will be required to access the Unit Site for reading and preparation work which will be available six weeks prior to the commencement of the residential.

2021 intensive units schedule

MBA Residential Intensive Unit Schedule: 2021

Unit Code

Unit name



Last day to enrol



Strategy & Value-Creation

Sunday 18 April- Friday 23 April 2021

Waurn Ponds Estate

21 March

Mon 5 April


Leadership in the Real World

Sunday 6 June- Friday 11 June 2021

Waurn Ponds Estate

9 May

Mon 24 May



Sunday 18 July – Friday 23 July 2021

Waurn Ponds Estate

20 June

Mon 5 July


Strategy & Value-Creation

Sunday 12 Sept – Friday 17 Sept 2021

Waurn Ponds Estate

15 August

Mon 30 August


Leading People in Organisations

Sunday 7 Nov – Friday 12 Nov 2021

Waurn Ponds Estate

10 October

Mon 25 October