Why choose Deakin
Join a research community from 50+ countries
Supervisors who are global leaders
Make a difference to local and global challenges
Innovative research facilities
Many research areas to choose from
Flexible study options
Graduate Research Academy
Master your passion with a research degree at Deakin
A research degree empowers you to become a true expert in your field of interest. With the support of Deakin's leading researchers and access to state-of-the-art facilities, you'll make your mark with research that disrupts, innovates and benefits the community.
PhD Xtra – Be Expert
PhD Xtra offers all higher degree by research (HDR) students at Deakin an enhanced and individually tailored learning experience.
Applying for a scholarship isn't just about filling in a form – it's also about what you can bring to the Deakin community.
Apply for a research degree
Get expert advice on applying to Deakin, from finding the right supervisor to the documents you'll need to support your application.
Explore research degrees
Study a PhD or Master by Research to connect with leading research teams and contribute to research of global significance.
Research degree entry pathways
Learn about entry requirements and the different ways you can demonstrate your readiness for significant research in your area of interest.
International research students
Almost one third of all Deakin's higher degree by research students are from overseas, making Deakin a truly diverse and globally significant centre of research.
What to expect as a research student
Visit our student site to find information on induction and candidature, course content and more.
Meet student researcher Emma Whatman
Alfred Deakin Award winner Dr. Emma Whatman shares the deeply rewarding and personal experience of completing her PhD through the Faculty of Arts and Education.
Meet student researcher Xin Li
PhD student Xin Li extended his interest in sustainable building materials when he joined supervisor Dr Mahmud Ashraf at Deakin. In partnership with industry, Xin’s PhD looks at innovative and environmentally sustainable cross laminated timber.
Areas of research
Our researchers work across disciplines affecting the breadth of society, in areas such as digital health, advanced manufacturing, materials or artificial intelligence, through to sustainable development, social sciences, arts, education, business and law.
Discover more about the different areas you can study a PhD or Master by Research with Deakin.