Top 2% of universities worldwide^

5-star rated university*

89% of our research is rated world-class or better**

Deakin researchers make a difference

At Deakin, you'll be challenged to discover innovative solutions to real issues facing our planet through research conducted within our four research themes:

Improving health and wellbeing

Covering the broad spectrum of health, Deakin research is helping to improve the health and wellbeing of people across the world.

Designing smarter technology

Be it robotics, big data or composite materials, Deakin researchers are solving 21st-century problems with the aid of cutting-edge, smart technologies.

Enabling a sustainable world

Through every project and program, Deakin research drives outcomes that provide solutions to global environmental and sustainability issues.

Advancing society and culture

Deakin’s research focus on contemporary histories, heritage, society and international development is achieving global outcomes.

^ Academic Ranking of World Universities, Times Higher Education, QS World University Rankings
* Quacquarelli Symonds (QS); QS Stars University Ratings

** Excellence in Research for Australia 2015

PhD Xtra

Boost your career prospects with PhD Xtra, a flexible learning program that sharpens the focus of what and how you learn to better meet your personal goals.

Learn more about PhD Xtra

Research scholarships

Discover how we can help you achieve your research and career goals by browsing our full range of scholarships. There's a good chance you'll be eligible for more than just one.

Find a scholarship

Ready to apply?

Deakin has streamlined the process for applying for a higher degree by research. Apply online via the Higher Degree By Research Application Form.

Why choose Deakin

89% of our research is rated world-class or better and our broad international research footprint is continually growing. But they're not the only reasons why high-achieving professionals choose Deakin to take their career and research forward.

World-class facilities and exceptional support services

Study with a leading university ranked in the top 2% globally

(QS World University Rankings)

Greater placement opportunities through PhD Xtra

Research supervisors who are global leaders in their fields

My Deakin PhD candidature allows me the time to focus on my research and the opportunity to communicate with other professionals.

Cen Lin

Doctor Of Philosophy (Nursing)

Get in touch

We're ready to help you make an informed choice. Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your research options, support services and how we can help you further your career.

Higher Degrees by Research - Candidature office
+61 3 924 45258
Email the HDR Candidature office

Higher Degrees by Research - Scholarships office
+61 3 924 45413
Email the HDR Scholarships office