How to apply for an undergraduate degree

For applicants with work, study and life experience who completed secondary education in or prior to 2017.

Applications for Trimester 3, 2020 and Trimester 1, 2021 are now open. Now's the time to develop your skills for a changing world, so that whatever tomorrow holds, you'll be ready.

Find a course

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

If you’re interested in a particular 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.

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 prerequisites, 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.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements, you won’t be eligible to apply for the course. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s out of reach. You still may be able enter the course through an alternate pathway.

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

How to write a personal statements

You’ll have the opportunity to strengthen your application with a personal statement, which is a bit like a cover letter for your course application. It outlines your motivations for studying, your previous education and employment history, and how the course can take your career forward.

Your personal statement is your chance to shine, so take time to think about your work, study and life experience, and how it equips you to succeed in the course.

Get tips on writing a personal statement

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

Entry pathways

If you don’t quite meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, the good news is there are more pathways into university than you might think.

Here are a few examples of pathways you can take:

  • Use TAFE study as a stepping stone into your dream course.
  • Complete a Deakin College diploma to fast-track your way into an undergraduate degree.
  • Complete a Deakin associate degree that creates a pathway into arts and education courses.

Use our pathways finder to map out a pathway to your dream course and career.


A Deakin scholarship is more than just a financial boost. It recognises your achievements and sets you on the pathway to success at university.

When you’re applying for a course, it’s a good idea to browse our available scholarships – you may be eligible for more than one. While most scholarship applications are made through Deakin’s Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal, it’s important to read the details on each scholarship page for the correct information on how to apply, benefits and eligibility criteria.

Learn more about Deakin scholarships and check out our top five tips for making a strong scholarship application.

Adjustment factors: consideration for special circumstances

If your Year 12 studies were impacted by challenging circumstances, you can apply for special consideration that acknowledges what you would have achieved if your circumstances were different.

There are a range of factors that can be considered as special circumstances, including but not limited to:

  • coming from a non-English speaking background
  • living with a disability or medical condition
  • difficult personal circumstances
  • being an elite athlete while studying

Please provide details with your course application.

Learn more about adjustment factors and how you can apply

Submitting your application

Applications for Trimester 1, 2 and 3 can be made through Deakin Application Portal. If you wish to apply for more than one course, you can only apply through VTAC.

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 Deakin Application 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.

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