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Research

Cutting edge IT research and training

Information technology is an essential tool for innovation and productivity across a wide range of sectors. We conduct research in big data, digital technologies and cyber security. Learn about our research centres or find a supervisor for your PhD.

Study a research degree with us

Our masters and PhD students are attracted to Deakin's School of IT for our facilities, partners, world-renowned supervisors and extensive research possibilities.

Masters by research

Enjoy flexible start dates and multiple locations. Our Master of Science (Information Technology) is a 2-year full-time degree and a pathway to a PhD. Involves a written thesis.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Work in a collaborative community; study our Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) over 3 years full time on a supervised research project. Involves a written thesis and oral defence.

Cotutelle PhD

Our Cotutelle PhD initiative allows candidates to co-enrol at two universities in different countries. Conduct research under a jointly supervised doctoral program with dual awards while being immersed in diverse research.

How to apply

Complete an expression of interest and we’ll assess if you’re eligible to study a research degree or PhD. Before you submit, check if you meet the entry requirements. If supervision is available, we’ll issue you a formal invitation to submit an online application.

Download our 2024 research projects guide (PDF, 1.1MB)

Find a research supervisor

Keen to get started with postgraduate study but need a supervisor? We can help you find someone suitable. Our disciplines cover a broad range of research areas, from applied robotics, artificial intelligence and cyber security to data analytics, the Internet of Things and much more.

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Create the technology of tomorrow

Create the technology of tomorrow

Find out how Arun Kumar A V’s PhD project is pushing the boundaries of human and AI interaction and collaboration.

Our research themes

We have three themes that drive the direction of our research:

Smart data-driven world – aims to enable and understand the world driven by the pervasive generation and use of big data.

Creating future digital technologies – aims to create and develop future digital technologies that will deliver benefits across the economy and society.

Cybersecurity – aims to advance technologies and practices to protect enterprises, government and society against unauthorised access to data centres and other computerised systems.

Deakin Cyber Research and Innovation Centre

Deakin Cyber Research and Innovation Centre

Deakin Cyber focuses on the technology, business, human, legal and policy aspects of cybersecurity. We develop cybersecurity technologies, provide thought leadership to inform legal and strategic policy directions, and work closely with industry, business and government to proactively respond to emerging cyber security threats

Our research centres

In addition to Deakin Cyber, we have three research centres covering multiple disciplines, led by teams working to tackle some of today’s greatest IT challenges.

Centre for Software, Systems and Society (CSSS) – CSSS conducts fundamental and applied research for the specification, creation, evaluation and efficient operation of innovative, software-supported systems.

Data to Intelligence Research Centre (D2I) – D2I conducts research involving processes starting with data and ending with intelligence. We solve problems for data, data modelling, complex networks and decision making, based on advanced data science, mathematics and machine learning.

Centre for Internet of Things ECOsystems Research and Experimentation (CITECORE) – CITECORE carries out collaborative Internet of Things focused research in partnership with government, industry and the community to create demonstrable innovations and intellectual property.

Find a scholarship

Reach your full potential and achieve your career goals with the support of a research degree or PhD scholarship. Our top scholarships recognise and reward students from a range of backgrounds and interest areas.

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Information technology facilities

Research using the latest technology in fully equipped computer labs and facilities. Alongside hardware and equipment, you’ll use both professional and specialised computer software including development platforms, programming IDEs and engines, and other content development systems.

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Contact us

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

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