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Gain experience through our innovative practical programs, spending time in an organisation related to your specific studies. Apply and consolidate knowledge from your course while experiencing workplace culture and practices. This lets you explore career options, develop a professional network and prepare for real-life settings in which today's science graduates work.
Undergraduate (your first degree)
An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.
Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)
Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.
Got a curious mind? Interested in health? You can find career opportunities in the pharmaceutical, food and agricultural industries, such as:
- analytical chemistry
- consumer affairs
- corrosion control
- education (secondary and tertiary)
- environmental monitoring
- forensic laboratories
- government agencies
- laboratory supervision
- quality control
- resource development
- scientific and environmental institutes
Study science at Deakin
Hear why our students love studying science, the diverse study opportunities and the benefits of the hands-on, practical approach at Deakin.
Life and environmental science facilities
Explore Deakin's life and environmental science facilities at our Melbourne Burwood Campus, featuring modern labs and equipment, and the ability to conduct practical work in the natural reserve and creek right by campus.
Industry-based learning involves working full or part time in industry as part of your degree, playing a valuable role in preparing graduates for employment. Placement is incorporated into a unit of study and credited towards your degree.
I chose to study science to help improve how we do things and wanted to contribute to the development of better processes for society.
Bachelor of Science
Learn more about Adhitya's experiences
'With many activities done by today's individuals and industries proving to be harmful to the natural environment, I wanted to contribute to the development of processes that are better for people and the planet at large.
The most rewarding part of my course was the opportunity to get involved with the research that was being done at the university. I took up my own research project, which allowed me to develop not only laboratory skills, but more importantly, skills like being able to organise experiments based on available time/resources and critically evaluating previous research to inform the research that I did.
I surprised myself at how I'd been able to build my skills and experience to a point where I had a job in science after I graduated. When I started studying, I doubted that I had the initiative, let alone the skills, to make the inroads that I have over the past three years.'
Research that matters
If you've got a brilliant idea that you'd like to develop, our expert teaching and research staff are here to help throughout your higher degree by research.
Browse other disciplines within sciences
Choose an area that you're interested in and learn how Deakin's extensive range of study options and experiences can help turn your dreams into reality.
*2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
#ARWU Rankings 2020
^Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 winner
~According to the Voice Project IT Service Quality Support Benchmark Survey
^^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2020 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)