Postgraduate by coursework applications

Applications for Trimester 2 are now closed. You can still apply for a Trimester 3, 2020 course and start your study journey in November.* Don’t miss this chance to follow your passion and kickstart a career you love.

Gain qualifications, advance your career or learn more about what you love with a postgraduate degree from Deakin. With three intakes each year, there are always options to apply for postgraduate study and commence your course at Deakin. Applying for an online course? The process is exactly the same.

Find a course in four steps

Use our course finder to browse our full range of postgraduate courses and discover which one suits your interests and goals.

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Deakin also offers higher degrees by research (HDR) that empower you to become an expert in your field and contribute to the strengthening academic ties to industry and communities.

If you’re interested in a particular postgraduate study area such as law, business, arts or engineering, explore your interest area or search for courses by name. On each course page, you’ll find information such as entry requirements, professional recognition, career opportunities, course structure, fees and much more.

Application assistance

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Whether you're looking at changing degrees, need guidance applying or just want to know more about a particular course, our Future Student Advisers are here to help. Bookings not required.

Tuesday and Thursday, 9am–5pm, Building HE, Student Central, Melbourne Burwood Campus

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If you have a question about applying, courses or studying at Deakin, get in touch with one of our friendly Future Student Advisers. Book an appointment at a time that suits you, or give us a call now on 1800 693 888.

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Understanding entry requirements

Before starting your application, it’s important to read through the entry requirements on the course page. Examples of entry requirements include a relevant bachelor degree, English language requirements and special criteria. If you can tick off each entry requirement, you can confidently move onto the next stage of preparing your application.

Supporting documents

When applying for a course, you’ll need to submit documents to support your application. Since documents will vary depending on the course, you should read the course details page carefully to understand the entry requirements and any supporting information required upon application.

Examples could include your resume, a transcript of previous study, test results, a personal statement, identification documents or a folio of work. If your documents aren't in English, you’ll need to supply a certified English translation.

Learn more about preparing your application

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is Deakin’s way of recognising the hard work you’ve already put into your studies or career. Through RPL you may be able to have your work and study experience recognised with course credit points, reducing your course duration and tuition costs.

Use our RPL calculator to learn what credit you might be eligible for at Deakin. Please note, this is an indication only and if your institution isn’t listed it’s still possible to receive credit. We can only confirm your RPL when you submit your application.

Watch our webinar on how to apply for RPL

Postgraduate bursary

If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on enrolment fees through the Deakin postgraduate bursary.

Key dates and intakes

If you’ve chosen a course and double-checked the entry requirements, the next step is to familiarise yourself with Deakin’s intake dates.

Depending on your course, our flexible trimester system means you could start in Trimester 1 (March), Trimester 2 (July) or Trimester 3 (November).

Application opening and closing dates can vary from year to year, so make sure to check our key dates page to stay up to date with the latest information.

Submitting your application

Applications for Trimester 1, 2 and 3 can be made through our Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.

When you’re ready to start your application, it’s important to have any required supporting documents on hand. Examples could include your resume, identification documents, a personal statement or folio of work.

  1. If you’re using the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal for the first time, you'll need to create an account by clicking ‘register’. After completing the form you’ll receive an email that has your Applicant ID – use it to log in to the applicant portal.
  2. Once you’ve logged in you can start your application. You’ll progress through the steps until the final step where you upload your supporting documents.
  3. After reviewing your responses, click ‘submit’ to complete your application.

If you forget your login details, please contact the Student Central team on +61 3 9244 6333 or email

If you need help completing your application, get in touch by booking an Application Assist appointment or by giving us a call.

Melbourne Burwood Campus
+61 3 9244 6333

Geelong campuses
+61 3 5227 2333

Warrnambool Campus
+61 3 5563 3333

Cloud Campus
13 DEAKIN or 13 3325

What happens after you apply

You’ll be emailed with a receipt number upon completion of your application. We’ll usually notify you of the outcome of your application via email within 10 working days, however, some courses may take longer.

Got a question but can't find the answer?

Try our Help hub – we've curated the questions our future student advisers are asked most frequently about applications, entry requirements, pathways and more.

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*Application close dates vary and not all courses are available for current intakes. Please refer to course pages for details. Some courses have limited places, apply early to avoid missing out.

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