Postgraduate degrees

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Take your career to the next level with a postgraduate degree. Our industry-aligned courses and strong partnerships give you the skills and experience to put yourself in high demand.


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Discover the postgraduate course for you

Whether you want to take the next step in your career or explore a new direction, a postgraduate degree from Deakin can help you reach your goals. Develop critical skills that will prepare you for the future and make you stand out to employers.

Explore our postgraduate courses

Types of postgraduate degrees

Postgraduate study refers to an advanced level of study, beyond the level of an undergraduate degree. Postgraduate degrees are ideal for those wishing to advance their current career. They also provide an option to start on a new career path. Whatever your goals are, we have a postgraduate degree for you.

Graduate certificate and graduate diploma

A graduate certificate is usually six months full time or part-time equivalent and designed to add practical skills to your undergraduate degree, diploma or previous work experience. A graduate diploma is one year full time or part-time equivalent and builds on a graduate certificate or work experience.

Masters by coursework

A masters by coursework takes from 18 months to two years of full-time study. Many allow you to choose a specialisation. Studies are completed mainly through coursework, with a thesis or major project in the last part of the degree.

Masters by research

A masters by research program is two years full time and can lead to PhD studies. You will produce a thesis with the support of a dedicated research supervisor.

Doctoral program (PhD)

Completion of a PhD takes between two and four years, during which you conduct original research in your chosen field. A PhD can help you to further a career in academia or reach higher levels in your job.

Deakin University helps me feel career-ready by offering practical, industry-focused education, internship opportunities, career counselling, networking events and access to resources that prepare me for future professions. 

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Master of Sustainability

World-class teaching experiences

Gain the experience and skills to further your career. Enjoy modern facilities, cutting-edge research and flexibility in your degree.

State-of-the-art facilities

Take advantage of the latest technology, state-of-the-art learning tools and facilities at Deakin. Practise your skills and test your new-found knowledge using the same equipment professionals use.

Study support

With passionate teachers who care about your success, one-on-one study mentors, online resources and so much more, we will help you succeed.

Cutting-edge research

Our curriculum is informed by cutting-edge research and taught by leading researchers and professionals. Deakin ranks in the top 1% of universities for global impact.*

Career support

As a Deakin student, you will have access to DeakinTALENT, our award-winning university career service. Access career coaching, webinars and resume support when you need it, even after graduation.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Deakin postgraduate degrees have academic, language and visa requirements that you will need to meet before you start. If you don't meet some of the academic or language conditions, we can help you find a pathway into your dream course.

Learn how to apply

Applications are open. Apply to study at Deakin by following our step-by-step instructions. Got a question? We’re here to help — contact us via email or phone +61 3 9918 9188.

Invest in your future success

A postgraduate degree is an investment into a better job and a more fulfilling life. Like any investment, it helps to plan your finances and understand all the ways you can reduce your costs.


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Deakin alumni discount 

If you have completed previous study at Deakin, you are eligible to receive a 10% reduction on your enrolment fees for any of our postgraduate award courses.

Explore by study area

Explore by study area

Browse our range of study areas to find a degree that suits your interests, strengths and career goals. Explore subjects in more detail and discover the difference between related degrees so you can choose the best one for you.

International campuses

Thinking global, acting local – our trailblazing campuses in West Java, Indonesia and GIFT City, India are leading the way for higher education on an international scale.

Discover research at Deakin

Our internationally recognised research is focused on the most important global challenges. With top minds, world-class facilities and international networks, we test, refine and develop sought-after innovations that improve the lives of individuals, business and communities.

Learn more about research at Deakin


*Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2021

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Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services for international students and how we can help you study at Deakin in Australia.

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