Experience a PhD

Studying a PhD at Deakin can open a world of career opportunities. Hear from Deakin PhD graduates who are making a real impact in their fields and current PhD candidates who are solving complex problems through their studies.

Industry PhD

Dr Tim De Souza

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.

Industry PhD

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.

Faculty of Arts and Education PhD

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.

Architecture PhD

Isabella Bower

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.

Faculty of Arts and Education PhD

Gerard Finnigan

PhD student Gerard Finnigan’s research was used as part of the global assessment report by the United Nations on the global risk from disasters.

Deakin’s NIKERI Institute

Matthew Lloyd

Deakin PhD student Matthew Lloyd has connections to the Darumbal people in Rockhampton and was born and raised on Wathaurong country in Geelong. Matthew wanted to use his PhD to highlight Aboriginal perspectives that bring together health and community services system for the benefit of everyone. Find out how Deakin’s NIKERI Institute has supported him in his PhD.

Deakin’s Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute

Thao Le Minh

Thao Le-Minh, a PhD student from Deakin’s Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute, is exploring new frontiers in AI by teaching machines to understand the world through the lens of a camera. Find out how the - very human - relationship with his supervisor supports him in his study of machines.

Faculty of Health

Shweta Patel

PhD student Shweta Patel wants to reduce the odds for abdomen-based cancer patients needing to undergo a second surgery. Her research involves developing a new method for cancer pathology which could reduce those odds by up to 80%, proving revolutionary for the field of surgical pathology. Find out how Deakin’s research reputation influenced Shweta’s decision to join world-renowned researchers making an impact on industry and community.

Deakin’s world-renowned Institute for Intelligent System Research and Innovation

Mohammad Rokonuzzaman

Seeing the growing impact of autonomous vehicles on the transport system, PhD student Mohammad Rokonuzzaman wanted to make them not only safe on the road, but also comfortable for their occupants.

Industry PhD

Tom Mock

Despite growing up surrounded by the dry, red dirt of the Mallee in north-west Victoria, a love of fishing inspired PhD graduate Tom Mock to pursue a career in aquatic science. Unexpectedly, he was offered the opportunity to take on an industry PhD with the Deakin-Ridley Research Initiative.

Cyber Security

Nan Sun

After completing her Bachelor and Honours degrees at Deakin, PhD graduate Nan Sun discovered her passion for cyber security research. She’s just completed her PhD predicting and discovering cyber security incidents using big data.