Find an education research supervisor

At the School of Education, we’ve got education-focused supervisors and a supportive research team who could help you further your research career goals. Our team of over 70 expert supervisors ensure ongoing support and guidance at all stages of your research career.

How to express your interest to be a research student

  1. Search the list of supervisors below and visit their profile for more information on their research strengths.

  2. Contact your potential supervisor to discuss your research topic and to enquire if they are available.

  3. Ensure your research topic aligns with one of the School of Education’s research centres and groups.

  4. Complete an Expression of Interest form and scan copies of your supporting documents.

  5. Send the form and documents to the Faculty of Arts and Education HDR Support team.

What happens next?

We’ll assess your expression of interest and be in contact about the formal application process for a Higher Degree by Research.

Deakin is the #1 university in Australia for education and educational research*

In 2022 Deakin University was also ranked fifth globally in the category of Education and Education Research in the ninth annual U.S. News Best Global Universities list, illustrating Deakin’s leadership in education research. Deakin was considered ‘Above world standard’ in the 2018 Excellence for Research in Australia ranking.

My supervisors are first class and the opportunities for networking and collaboration make being an online student both positive and rewarding.

Adrian Farnham

Higher degree by research student

Find a higher degree by research supervisor

Explore our research groups and centres, and the following discipline areas, to find a supervisor who could help you further your research career goals. Please contact the research experts below to discuss supervision.

Applied learning professional education and training

Arts education

Curriculum, pedagogy and professional learning

Early childhood

Education, leadership, governance and policy

Health and physical education


Inclusive education

Language, literacies and learning

Mathematics education

Science, technology and environmental education


What's it like being a researcher at Deakin?

When you study a PhD or postdoctoral research at the School of Education you'll be supported by world-renowned researchers. We have over 140 higher degree by research students whose research topics cover the full range of teaching disciplines and research groupings in the school.

You’ll have the flexibility to study on campus or online, part time or full time. We have a vibrant international higher degree by research student culture, and many of our full-time students have scholarships to support their study.

Our team of expert supervisors and academics ensure ongoing support and guidance at all stages of your research career.

Research and PhD scholarships

Our research degree and PhD scholarships will support you during your studies and can cover tuition fees, overseas student health cover or living allowances. For the best chance at securing a scholarship, you’ll need an H1 grade average or equivalent.

Find a scholarship


*US News and World report 2022

Contact us

Contact our higher degree by research coordinator regarding studying, choosing a research area or finding a supervisor.

Dr Trent Brown
+61 3 9244 5105