Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment research

Driving sustainable solutions for a better world

Our research is committed to a greener, socially responsible and economically viable future. We’re developing practical solutions for social, environmental and technological challenges locally, nationally and internationally.

Study a research degree with us

Our schools are at the forefront of academic excellence and innovation. From building sustainable environments, creating forward-thinking software and systems, to uncovering technological breakthroughs; join us and discover how we’re shaping the future through our research.

Undertake a masters or PhD with one of our schools and gain access to first-class facilities, world-renowned supervisors and extensive research possibilities.

Architecture and built environment research

The School of Architecture and Built Environment draws on the potential of human-centred design, construction and technology to create new knowledge for an agile, adaptive and responsive built environment.

Information Technology research

The School of Information Technology conducts research across three themes: enabling a smart data-driven world, creating future digital technologies and improving cybersecurity.

Engineering research

The School of Engineering is committed to generating fundamental knowledge creation across a range of disciplines; from additive manufacturing and civil engineering to renewable energy engineering.

Life and environmental science research

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences explores life on land and in water – finding solutions for social, economic and environmental development and the wellbeing of Australia and the world.

Find a research supervisor

Find a research supervisor

Explore research topics you're interested in and meet supervisors who could help you further your research career goals. Our vision is to train exemplary researchers, clinicians, practitioners and scientists, through excellence and innovation in research.

Apply now for a postdoctoral research fellowship

Were you awarded a PhD on or after 1 January 2021? Apply now for a Deakin University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Successful fellows receive 3 years of salary support from a Level A, Step 6 up to the top of Level B classification, commensurate with experience, plus a once-off research support grant of $15,000.

Leaders in research

Deakin ranks in the world’s top 100 universities for computer science and engineering.* We're also ranked in the top 1% of universities for global research impact. Work alongside Australia's best researchers and make a valuable contribution to the fields of science, engineering or built environment.

Research centres

Our strategic research centres undertake large-scale, world-class research to address some of the world’s most complex issues, from fighting the war on waste to protecting our marine environment.

Deakin Cyber Research and Innovation Centre empowers people, organisations and communities to thrive in a digital society.

Centre for Regional and Rural Futures contributes to the design of smarter technologies that provide innovative solutions to regional and rural productivity problems.

Centre for Sustainable Bioproducts develops new approaches to convert organic waste (biomass) into sustainable, high-value bioproducts, providing industry partners with the opportunity to test and innovate.

Deakin HOME brings together communities, not-for-profit organisations, industry and government to solve complex problems around affordable housing, homelessness and social inclusion.

Deakin Marine Research and Innovation Centre drives transformational outcomes for ocean-based economies and the environment.

Discover our research degrees

Discover our research degrees

Ranked among the top 1% globally, our world-class researchers drive courageous ideas that shape our shared future. Eager to join their ranks and help bring groundbreaking research ideas to life? Explore how a Deakin PhD can help get you there.

Enjoy state-of-the-art facilities

Enjoy state-of-the-art facilities

As a Deakin researcher, student or partner, you’ll have access to world-class facilities that support every aspect of your discoveries. From our $55 million state-of-the-art engineering precinct to Victoria’s most advanced marine laboratory; we have the facilities and resources you need to make an impact.

Reach your full potential with a scholarship

Our research degree and PhD scholarships support you during your studies and can cover tuition fees, overseas student health cover, living allowances and more.

Become a partner

We’re involved in national and international projects, and are proud of our partnerships with industry, community and government organisations. Through our collaborations, Deakin’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment translates science, technology and environmental research into impactful solutions, new products and services.

Partner with us

Our PhD students in action

Making a difference with biomedical engineering

With a passion for biomedical engineering, Dr Bipasha’s PhD research could change people’s lives using wearable technology.

Boosting conservation science awareness

Anne’s PhD will enable society to respond more effectively to the impact of humans on our ecosystems.

Reducing risk of thunderstorm asthma

Kira’s PhD is developing modernised technology to improve our ability to detect airborne allergies.

Study a PhD in science, engineering, technology or design

Learn firsthand from graduates, current candidates and supervisors about the value of a Deakin PhD.


*ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2022

Contact us

Get in touch with our team to find out more about our research programs, media expertise and collaboration opportunities.

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