400 research scholarships available


100% Excellence in Research Australia (ERA)


Top 1% of universities globally


$90 million in research income in 2020


Top 1% of universities for global research impact


247 high-achieving research graduates in 2020 


Reimagine your career with a research degree at Deakin

Shake up your business as usual and position yourself to transform the workforce of the future. Our research community will help you to unlock a world of opportunity and encourage you to pursue creative and innovative approaches to your research. Throughout your degree you’ll receive guidance from some of the world’s leading researchers and benefit from access to world-class facilities.

At Deakin we offer two main types of research degrees a PhD and Master by Research.


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an independent, supervised research project making an original and significant contribution to knowledge in your chosen discipline which results in a written thesis.

Master by Research

A Master by Research degree is awarded for an original contribution to knowledge. The length of the thesis submitted for examination will be less than for a PhD. A Master by Research is often a good steppingstone before embarking on a PhD.


Romero Morais's PhD journey in artificial intelligence

Find a research degree

Explore courses that interest you and find out how you can make an impact in your field.

How to apply

Together we are change-makers. Join Deakin’s vibrant research community and work alongside world class academics and talented peers while building practical skills to transform tomorrow.

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Find a research supervisor

Connect with our leading researchers and find a mentor who can help you to achieve your extraordinary future.

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PhD Xtra – Be Expert

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

About PhD Xtra

Choose from 400 scholarships

There are a variety of funding and scholarship options available to provide you with financial assistance during your research degree.

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Our research strengths

Advancing society and culture

Building safe and secure communities

Improving health and wellbeing 

Enabling a sustainable world 

Designing smarter technologies 

Advancing society and culture

Advancing society and culture

Our research helps strengthen society, culture and the economy through creative, contemporary and intercultural approaches to education, the arts and business.

Find out how Deakin researchers are advancing society, culture and the economy

Building safe and secure communities

Building safe and secure communities

From strengthening community resilience to the development of cutting-edge cyber security, our cross-disciplinary research builds ethical and innovative solutions to global security problems.

Find out how Deakin researchers are building safe and secure communities

Improving health and wellbeing 

Improving health and wellbeing 

Improved health and wellbeing underpins the success of any society, and at Deakin, we’re driving research that impacts lives – globally and locally – in meaningful ways.

Find out how Deakin researchers are improving health and wellbeing

Enabling a sustainable world 

Enabling a sustainable world 

Sustainable outcomes guide our research from idea to solution and application. We protect and manage our land, air and marine ecosystems; use innovative resource management technologies; and support the transition to sustainable energy solutions

Find out how Deakin researchers are enabling a sustainable world

Designing smarter technologies 

Designing smarter technologies 

We’re developing practical technology with ethical foundations to support a sustainable, progressive society.

Find out how Deakin researchers are creating smarter technologies

Our research community

Deakin is home to four faculties, 14 schools and over 15 institutes and strategic research centres. We offer a broad and exciting range of multidisciplinary projects across our vibrant research community.

Explore our faculties, institutes and strategic research centres

Contact the Higher Degrees by Research team

Domestic candidature enquiries
+613 924 45258
Email the HDR candidature office

Domestic scholarship enquiries
+613 924 45413
Email the HDR scholarships office

International candidature and scholarship enquiries
+613 924 48296
Email the international HDR team