Postgraduate by coursework applications

Ready to apply? Applications for Trimester 1, 2019 are now open. Apply today to start in March. Applying for an online course? The process is exactly the same.

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.

Apply in four steps

Applying for postgraduate study at Deakin couldn't be easier. Read through the steps below to discover how to apply.

Find a course

Visit find a course to browse our study areas or use the handy search filters to find a course that's right for you. You can also view all of our postgraduate by coursework courses.

Understand the entry requirements

Make sure you understand the entry requirements for your chosen course by reading the course details carefully. Some courses may also require you to provide extra materials like a portfolio or personal statement.

The following are examples of general entry requirements by qualification type. Actual entry requirements will differ from course to course.

Learn more about eligibility

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’s 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’s 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

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: 

  • 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

Submit your application to study a postgraduate degree through Deakin's online applicant portal. Follow the prompts to make the process easy.

Apply now via the Deakin Applicant Portal

Important dates*

  • Applications for Trimester 2, 2018 are now closed.
  • Applications for Trimester 3, 2018 are now closed.
  • Applications for Trimester 1, 2019 close 17 February 2019.

*Some application closing dates vary; please check the course listing table on the current trimester page for individual course closing dates.

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 of a place. It's your responsibility to check these requirements and ensure that all instructions are followed.


When submitting your application, we’ll ask you to provide any extra information necessary, like details of previous study and work experience to help us consider your application. All applicants will be asked to demonstrate a level of English proficiency. Depending on the course, a more specific requirement such as maths or a portfolio may also be required.

English language requirements

There is a minimum level of English proficiency required to study all of our courses. Generally, you can meet this requirement by demonstrating you've completed Year 12, or studied at a TAFE or university in English and in an English speaking country.

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 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.

Learn more about Deakin's computing requirements

More information


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 of a place from Deakin, you’ve got a couple of options available. 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?

Your offer email will tell you when to accept the offer by. Usually, we request that you accept your offer within 5 days

Contact us

Have questions about entry requirements, courses, key dates or anything else? We can answer it. Our student advisors 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
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