Become a research student

Join the world’s best and brightest research professionals in our PhD Xtra program. Approximately 1800 higher degree by research students are taking advantage of our exceptional facilities, strategic partnerships, innovative research centres and excellent reputation.

Why choose Deakin

World-class research

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

PhD Xtra – Be Expert

PhD Xtra offers all higher degree by research (HDR) students at Deakin an enhanced and individually tailored learning experience.

Find out more about PhD Xtra


Applying for a scholarship isn't just about filling in a form – it's also about what you can bring to the Deakin community.

Find out more about scholarships

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.

Find out more about how to apply

Find a research supervisor

Deakin research supervisors are respected and recognised leaders in their fields. As research specialists, they're passionate about supporting and mentoring their students.

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.

Faculty research brochures

Download a faculty research brochure to find out more about our PhD programs and the application process.

Contact us

Domestic Candidature Enquiries
+613 924 45258
Email the HDR Candidature office

Domestic Scholarships Enquiries
+613 924 45413
Email the HDR Scholarships office

International Candidature and Scholarship Enquiries
+61 3 924 8296
Email the HDR International office