Top 1% of universities for global impact

Our research generates innovative ideas to deliver positive and lasting impact for a better future. We bring together some of the brightest minds across a diverse range of study areas and five research strengths to translate high-quality research into powerful solutions, policies and capabilities.

Start your research career

Become a leader in your field, advance your career and make a positive impact when you study a research degree or PhD at Deakin. You’ll work alongside some of the world's best researchers, with unique access to facilities that no other university can offer.

Partner with us

We’re a trusted partner for more than 500 organisations across 65 countries, earning us a place in the top 1% of universities worldwide. Your partnership with Deakin opens the door to our world-class academics, state‑of‑the‑art facilities and groundbreaking research.

Our research impact in action

Our research impact in action

Deakin researchers provide solutions to make a positive impact on the world. Research at Deakin is conducted across five strengths that together advance knowledge, better humanity and preserve our planet.

Deakin research strengths

Deakin research expertise spans five strengths that shape our research focus – from sustainability solutions to technology innovation, global healthcare challenges and beyond. Our strengths include:

One of Australia’s leading universities, Deakin has strong global connections and delivers world‑class research across our faculties, institutes and research centres.

Professor Iain Martin

Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University

Choose the right supervisor for you

Achieve your research aspirations and find an ideal, dedicated research supervisor in your field. We have more than 2000 research experts – no matter what your passion is, we’re committed to broadening your career opportunities.


#9 in the world for research excellence


Researchers among top 1% globally


World-leading carbon fibre facility


Australia's largest applied AI Institute


Victoria's most advanced marine lab


Top 200 universities worldwide

Become part of a rich research community

Become part of a rich research community

Our community of researchers work across institutes, centres and collaborative groups to solve some of modern civilisation’s most complex issues. Learn more about our future-focused research – use our tool to find out what we do.

Leading research facilities and infrastructure

Leading research facilities and infrastructure

Deakin opens the door to multimillion dollar research facilities and infrastructure, some of which can’t be found outside our campuses. Whether you are a researcher or thinking about partnering with us, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art technology that unlocks new ideas.

#1 Victorian university for student support

We have a huge range of services in place to support you during your research degree and career. We're here to help you find funding, apply for and manage research grants, and we’ll provide support for research prizes and awards. We’ll also guide you on your development as a researcher, ensuring compliance and research integrity.

See how we support our researchers

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