A day in the life of a postgraduate student
Welcome to a day in the life of a postgraduate student at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.
Whether you’re returning to learning or coming straight from an undergraduate degree, Deakin has the resources, support and expertise to help you excel in postgraduate study. Our close industry associations and expert staff mean a postgrad degree from Deakin will help take your career to the next level. Learn what it’s like to study at Deakin by following a postgraduate student’s average day.
Getting to campus
After getting ready for the day, you’ve got a few options when it comes to getting to Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. A lot of students who live in Geelong enjoy cycling to Waurn Ponds, as it has bike racks, lockers, changing rooms and showers. It’s a great way to stay fit and active while getting to uni.
Or, if cycling’s not for you, there’s a regular bus that goes from Deakin’s Geelong Waterfront Campus, in the heart of Geelong’s CBD. There’s also plenty of parking, so if you’ve got a car you can easily drive in.
Joining a club or society
As a postgrad, you only have a few hours of classes and seminars a week. That gives you plenty of time to study, but why not also take some time to make friends by joining a club or society?
Waurn Ponds is home to a number of active, buzzing clubs – including a drone club! There are dozens of clubs you can join, including language, sport, political and special interest groups. DUSA – the Deakin University Student Association – helps to run club activities.
Meeting your supervisor
Many postgrads have a supervisor, especially for research-heavy units. Supervisors work with you as mentors and guides, giving advice and constructive criticism to help you produce the best possible work.
It’s up to you and your supervisor to decide how often you need to check in – maybe you’ve decided fortnightly, or perhaps monthly. Your supervisor’s usually on campus, but if you can’t get in on a particular day, there’s no harm organising a skype catch-up instead!
Learning at the cutting edge
Many of our Waurn Ponds study engineering, so they quickly become familiar with CADET – the Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training. It’s a truly cutting-edge facility, with resources like rapid prototyping (3D printing) and the ultra-hi-tech virtual reality lab.
Even if you’re not a researcher, there are plenty of teaching and learning areas and study spaces. It’s just a nice space to be in, and there’s always something interesting going on.
After class, the library’s a great place to catch up on class notes or unit readings. You can book private study rooms, or larger rooms for group work (handy for engineering projects). You can even borrow multimedia gear, including cameras and laptops.
Taking units online
Even if you’re based at a physical campus, a number of units offer the option to study online. Deakin calls it the Cloud Campus, and you get a very similar experience to travelling physically to class. You’ve got the same resources and access to lecturers, only at your place and your pace.
Of course, you’re more than welcome to still visit campus to use resources – like CADET or the library – that are on-site. Sometimes though, it’s great to have the added flexibility of not always needing to. You can keep up with other daytime commitments, from work to childcare to keeping appointments.