Online study applications

A select number of Trimester 2 courses are now open, which means you can apply today to start in July. All other courses open 1 April 2019.

You can apply for an online course just like you would any other course, by following the four simple steps below. Plus, with three intakes a year, the start of your dream course is never far away.

Find a course

Visit the course finder to browse all our courses and study areas.

If you want to narrow your search to our range of online courses, simply select the Cloud Campus filter under the location tab.

Understand the entry requirements

Some courses may also require you to provide extra materials like a portfolio or personal statement. As specific requirements vary from course to course, make sure to read through the entry requirements on the course details page of your chosen course.

Learn more about general entry requirements

Learn more about undergraduate course entry requirements

Learn more about postgraduate course entry requirements

Gather supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it's important to attach any requested supporting documentation, otherwise your application could be delayed.

Examples of supporting documents you may need to include are:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport or drivers licence)
  • resume outlining relevant work experience
  • supporting statement outlining why you wish to undertake the course.

Learn more about preparing your application

Submit your application

When you're ready to start your application, visit our easy-to-use Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.

Apply now via the Deakin Course and Scholarship applicant portal

Key application dates

  • Applications for Trimester 1, 2019 closed Sunday 24 February.
  • Applications for Trimester 2, 2019 open Monday 1 April 2019.*
  • Applications for Trimester 3, 2019 open Monday 1 April 2019.

*Some courses may open earlier. Please check the specific course web page for details.

Entry pathways to Deakin

Learn more about the different entry pathways to your dream course and career.

Find your pathway

General entry requirements

When submitting your application, we’ll ask you to provide extra information to help us consider your application, such as details of previous study and work experience.

The following are examples of general entry requirements.

English language requirements

There's a minimum level of English proficiency required to study our courses. If you are completing VCE, you will need to have achieved a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL. Some courses will require higher levels of achievement. Learn more about this by checking individual course pages.

Other applicants can demonstrate English language proficiency in other ways, including:

  • Satisfactory completion of previous tertiary study in English (higher education or vocational education)
  • Satisfactory completion of an accepted English language test
  • Evidence of ongoing residence and employment (in a role requiring proficient English) for a period of 5 years or more within Australia.

For the most up-to-date English language requirements, please read the Schedule A – English Language Criteria for Deakin Coursework Programs PDF on the Deakin University Policy Library.

Minimum course entry requirements

Offers of admission into Deakin courses are made on the basis of merit, likelihood of success and the number of places made available by the University. You'll need to provide evidence of either:

  • completion or partial completion of a formal academic qualification, attained no more than 10 years before application
  • other evidence of learning or capability that may be associated with work or life experience within the last 10 years.

Other evidence of learning and capability may include one or more of the following:

  • completion of an aptitude test, audition or interview
  • submission of a portfolio of work, references, personal statement or supplementary information form.

Some courses may have specific entry requirements or require more current qualifications. Please check individual course pages for specific additional entry requirements.

Global Science and Technology Program – supplementary form

All applicants to the Global Science and Technology Program must complete an online form providing details of personal motivation to participate in the program.

Complete the Global Science and Technology Program online form

Computing requirements

At Deakin, we make extensive use of technology in our teaching. To study at Deakin you are required to have:

  • access to a device such as a desktop computer or laptop
  • connectivity to the internet
  • capability to use Deakin's online learning environments.

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Undergraduate entry requirements

Learn how we'll assess your applications based on which of the below admission categories you fit into.

Completed secondary education (within the last three years)

If you have recently completed or are about to complete an Australian Year 12, your eligibility for entry will be based on:

  • your Australian Tertiary Entrance Rank (ATAR)
  • completion of any prerequisite studies within your Australian Year 12 qualification
  • any additional criteria, such as aptitude tests, portfolios and auditions, specified for particular courses.

If you are an interstate applicant or have completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, you will be assessed and selected on the same basis. If you have completed Year 12 study in Queensland, you will be ranked using an ATAR comparable to their Overall Position (OP). IB Diploma students will be ranked using a Notional ATAR provided by VTAC. Find out about Notional ATARs and prerequisite study score conversions by visiting VTAC's webpages.

Applying directly to the university

If you apply directly to the university, you will be eligible for admission if you have achieved an ATAR at or above the Clearly-In ATAR for the course you have applied for, satisfied the requirements or additional criteria specified (for example, submission of a portfolio), and have met the prerequisites for the course/s you have applied for. Find the Clearly-In ATAR for courses and course prerequisites by checking individual course pages.

Additional consideration will be provided if you meet the criteria for ATAR-related adjustments, such as subject bonuses or access and equity provisions allowed for under the Deakin bonus schemes.

An offer of admission will be made to eligible applicants if places are available.

Applying through VTAC

If you apply through VTAC, you will be ranked on the basis of your ATAR (and additional criteria if specified). Deakin will add bonus points to aggregate scores if you meet the criteria for any ATAR-related adjustments, such as subject bonuses or access and equity provisions under the Deakin bonus schemes.

If you are applying for admission into a bachelors course, you will be eligible to be included in the ranking process if you have achieved a minimum ATAR of 50 (before any ATAR-related adjustments).

Completed some or all of a VET qualification

If you have completed some or all of a vocational education qualification, your eligibility for entry will be determined on the basis of your academic performance. To be considered under this category, you must have successfully completed study at Certificate IV level or higher (Certificate III will be accepted for Associate Degrees only).

You may also be asked to submit additional information, including:

  • evidence of additional learning or capability associated with work or life experience (you may be asked to provide a personal statement, supplementary information form, references, resume, and/or portfolio of work)
  • aptitude tests.

Some courses do not accept applications within this category (for example, the Bachelor of Laws), and alternative requirements are specified.

Your prior study must have been completed within 10 years of your course application, unless you are able to demonstrate that your relevant knowledge and skills are still current, for example being used in your work or life experience.

Some courses may have specific entry requirements or require more current qualifications. Learn more about these by checking individual course pages.

Applying directly to the university

If you apply directly to the university an offer of admission will be made if you are eligible and places are available.

Applying through VTAC

If you apply through VTAC you will be ranked primarily on results achieved in your most recent course of study. The University will consider additional information relevant to your application in the ranking process. Offers will be made on the basis of ranked order, and the number of places available for the relevant admission period.

Guaranteed Entry Pathways

Studying at one of Deakin’s partners? We have arrangements with a number of pathway providers that give you the opportunity to apply directly to the University. Under these arrangements, you will be guaranteed a place in your target course with credit once you have met the specified entry requirements.

Find out more about TAFE pathways and credit for prior learning

Completed some or all of a higher education qualification

If you have completed some or all of a higher education qualification, your eligibility for entry will be determined on the basis of your academic performance. To be considered under this category, you must have successfully completed at least two units (or equivalent) with an accredited higher education provider. You may also be asked to submit additional information relevant to the course you are applying for, including:

  • evidence of additional learning or capability associated with work or life experience – you may be asked to provide a personal statement, supplementary information form, references, resume, and/or portfolio of work
  • aptitude tests.

Your prior study must have been completed within 10 years of your course application, unless you are able to demonstrate your relevant knowledge and skills are still current, for example through work or life experience.

Some courses may have specific entry requirements or require more current qualifications. Learn more about these by checking individual course pages.

Applying directly to the university

If you apply directly to the university an offer of admission will be made if you are eligible and places are available.

Applying through VTAC

If you apply through VTAC you will be ranked according to the grade point average achieved in your most recent course of study. The University will consider additional information provided that is relevant to the course in the ranking process. Offers of admission will be made on the basis of ranked order, and the number of places available for the relevant admission period.

Applying on the basis of work and/or life experience

If you finished your secondary education more than two years ago, or haven't completed any formal qualifications at either secondary or post-secondary level, we will consider your application based on an assessment of your likelihood of success in your chosen course.

We will make an assessment of your likelihood of success based on evidence of your knowledge or capability associated with your work or life experience - you may be asked to provide a personal statement, references, resume, or a portfolio of work. You may also be asked to submit additional information, including:

  • academic performance in prior qualifications (including secondary education), enabling, bridging or foundation courses attempted or completed (if relevant)
  • aptitude tests.

Applying through VTAC

If you apply through VTAC you will be ranked based on our assessment of your likelihood of success. Offers of admission will be made on the basis of ranked order, and the number of places available for the relevant admission period.

Applying directly to the university

If you apply directly to the university an offer of admission will be made if you are eligible and places are available.

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Postgraduate entry requirements

The following are examples of general entry requirements for the three types of postgraduate qualifications we offer.

Graduate certificate and graduate diploma

Entry requirements might include:

  • an approved three-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from an approved university or other educational institution
  • equivalent qualifications through examination or relevant professional or industrial experience.

Master degree by coursework

Entry requirements might include:

  • completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, of an acceptable standard from an approved university or other educational institution.

Master degree by research

Entry requirements might include:

  • completion of a bachelor's degree with honours (second class or above) from a recognised tertiary institution in an appropriate discipline for which Deakin can provide the required supervisory expertise.

Please contact Deakin University faculty staff to discuss your research areas of interest before submitting an application.

Learn more about becoming a research degree student

Additional requirements

A number of courses at Deakin may require additional documentation or qualifications for admission, including courses in education, medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology and performing and creative arts. These may be required as part of your application, while some may be required after you apply. Check your course's details page for more information.

Examples of additional requirements include the following:

  • an interview
  • a written test
  • a current police check from your country/state of residence
  • an immunisation history/evidence of vaccinations
  • a portfolio of work
  • referee reports 
  • a project proposal 
  • a preference form 
  • an audition.

When to supply additional requirements

Your individual course page will provide a list of requirements specific to your chosen field of study. Some of these additional selection criteria may need to be submitted with your application, while others may only be required after you receive an offer.

More information

Scholarships

We offer a variety of scholarships to financially help students through their Deakin experience. Students who study full time on campus are awarded scholarships based on academic merit. Additional eligibility requirements may apply for selected scholarships.

Find a Deakin scholarship that's right for you


Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning is the recognition of previous study, work or volunteer experience you might have completed. If approved, it can reduce the number of units you need to study at Deakin, allowing you to complete your course earlier.

Find out more about recognition of prior learning

What happens next?

What happens after I submit my application?

You will be emailed an application receipt number. Once your application is assessed you will be notified by email of the outcome.

When will I know if I'm accepted and how is the offer made?

If you’ve applied direct to Deakin, you’ll usually hear from us within 10 working days. Some courses may take longer. You will receive an offer email from Deakin if you’ve been successful.

What are my options if I receive an offer?

If you receive an offer from Deakin, you have two options. You can:

  • accept the offer and enrol, then start your studies the next available trimester
  • defer your offer, which means putting off the start of your studies by up to two years (depending on what sort of offer you received).

Learn more about your offer and enrolment options

How long do I have to accept my offer?

Usually five days, but your offer email will explain exactly when you'll need to accept your offer by.

Contact us

Have a question about entry requirements, courses, key dates or anything else? We're ready to help.

Our student advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your course and career options, scholarships and pathways into Deakin.

Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
1800 693 888
myfuture@deakin.edu.au
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