Academic entry requirements

Each Deakin University degree and study area has its own academic entry requirements, based upon your previous secondary school and university results.

If your place of study or academic achievements aren't mentioned here, don’t worry. Deakin can still assess your application. Our admissions team can take your academic record and other accomplishments, including work experience, into consideration.

Learn more about our academic entry requirements

Undergraduate course academic requirements

You can find entry requirements specific to your previous country of study on this page.

Courses studied at different Deakin campuses may have different admission requirements, see the International Undergraduate Course Guide (PDF, 5.8MB) for more information.

Postgraduate course academic requirements

Entry requirements differ by subject and study area – you can find specific details on the course page for your chosen degree. General entry requirements by qualification type are outlined below. You can also read the  Postgraduate International Course Guide (PDF, 5.4MB) for more information.

Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diplomas

You must have either one of the following:

  • an approved three-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from an approved university or other educational institution
  • equivalent qualifications through examination or relevant professional or industrial experience.

Masters degree by coursework

You will have completed at least a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, of an acceptable standard from an approved university or other educational institution.

Masters degree by research

You have a bachelor degree with honours (second class or above) from a recognised tertiary institution in an appropriate discipline for which Deakin can provide the required supervisory expertise.

Please contact Deakin University faculty staff to discuss your research areas of interest before submitting an application.

Doctoral programs/higher degrees by research

You hold a bachelor degree with honours (second class or above) or a masters degree by research from a recognised tertiary institution in an appropriate discipline for which Deakin can provide the required supervisory expertise.

Please contact Deakin faculty staff to discuss your research areas of interest before submitting an application.

Find out how to apply to become a research degree student

You can find more information about Deakin courses in the undergraduate and postgraduate course guides.

Download the 2022 International UG Course Guide (PDF, 5.8MB)

Download the 2022 International PG Course Guide (PDF, 5.4MB)

English language requirements

To study at Deakin, you will need to be able to read, speak, write and listen to English. Different degrees have different English language requirements.

Learn more about our English language requirements

You will need a student visa

International students who want to study in Australia may need to obtain an Australian student visa. It is a good idea to check your eligibility for a student visa before you start your application.

Find out if you are eligible for a student visa at Australia's Department of Home Affairs website

Finding your degree at Deakin

Maybe you already know what you want to study, or you are still figuring out your dream degree. Searching and browsing our courses is easy – just remember to check our language and academic requirements. They are listed on each course page.

Find the degree for you

Other ways to meet our requirements

Don't worry if you don't meet all Deakin’s requirements right now. If you meet academic entrance criteria but don’t have the required English language skills, you will automatically be eligible for entry into DUELI to help you prepare for degree-level study. If you need to improve your academic results in order to meet degree course entry requirements, we can help you through Deakin College.

Learn more about entry pathways

Students under 18 years old

You can study at Deakin in Australia if you are under 18 years old and:

  • you are accompanied by a parent or legal custodian
  • you stay with a suitable relative
  • your education provider provides a written statement saying that your accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements are appropriate.

Learn more about how Deakin supports students under 18

If you completed Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas in 2021

International students who completed an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas should apply for undergraduate courses through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), as well as directly to Deakin through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service.

Visit our How to apply page for more information.