#1 university for postgraduate overall employment in Victoria^
100% of our specific research sub-fields are rated at or above world-standard*
Top 1% of universities globally**
Master your passion with a research degree at Deakin
A research degree empowers you to become an expert in your field. With the support of Deakin's world class expert supervisors and access to our industry partners and state-of-the-art facilities, you'll make your mark with research that helps to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.
Research that makes an impact
Deakin’s research makes a positive difference to our communities by addressing the social, economic and environmental challenges facing the world. We’re focused on innovation and robust partnerships with industry and business.
Explore our research themes to discover more about where a research degree at Deakin could take you.
Improving health and wellbeing
Covering the broad spectrum of health, our research is improving the health and wellbeing of people all around the world.
Designing smarter technology
Be it robotics, big data or composite materials, our researchers are solving 21st century problems with the aid of cutting-edge, smart technologies.
Course and study options
Support for research students
Research degree eligibility and entry pathways
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.
Deakin has a streamlined process for applying for a higher degree by research. Apply online with our Higher Degree by Research Application form.
Experience a PhD
Dr Emma Whatman - Arts and Education
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.
Isabella Bower - Architecture
Architecture PhD student Isabella Bower's research incorporates medical and virtual reality technology to explore the impact the built environment has on people’s emotions.
Dr Tim De Souza - Industry
PhD graduate Tim de Souza’s passion for pushing the boundaries and his hands-on approach to problem-solving led him to study an industry PhD with Deakin.
Xin Li - Industry
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.
* Excellence in Research Australia 2015
** ARWU Rankings 2019