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Types of research degrees

Higher degrees by research

At Deakin, we offer two main types of research degrees: the Doctor of Philosophy (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.

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.

Specialist programs

Specialist research programs are available for professionals in clinical psychology and medicine fields.

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)

The School of Psychology also provides a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) specialist professional doctorate program.

This combines a research project, coursework and structured research tasks that are specifically related to professional practice and are often carried out in the workplace.

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Master of Philosophy (Medicine)

The Master of Philosophy is an intensive two-year (full-time) specialist master research degree in health and (bio-) medical sciences.

It provides students with the opportunity to pursue an independent investigative research project under the supervision of an academic staff member in the School of Medicine, along with coursework specifically designed to provide relevant skills in research design, communication, integrity and interpretation. This degree provides students with a dedicated pathway into PhD programs or into employment where deeper disciplinary knowledge and research skills are required.

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Whether you're beginning your research study or continuing at a higher level, our degrees provide a unique opportunity to follow a specific interest in a particular research area. Use our course finder to find the right degree for you.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition and Public Health) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Information Technology) - IISRI Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Social Work (Research) Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Arts Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Exercise Science and Sport) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Public Health and Health Services) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Information Technology) - IISRI Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) - IFM Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Surgical Research Waurn Ponds (Geelong) More Info
Master of Applied Science (Health and Disease) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) - IFM Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Architecture (Research) Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Biology and Chemical Sciences) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Health) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Biology and Chemical Sciences) - IFM Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology) - A2I2 Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Information Technology) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Surgical Research Waurn Ponds (Geelong) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Biology and Chemistry) - IFM Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) - IISRI Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Science) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Nursing Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Information Technology) - A2I2 Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Business and Law) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology) - A2I2 Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Environmental Science) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Health and Disease) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Applied Science (Health and Disease) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Information Technology) - A2I2 Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Health and Disease) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Engineering - IISRI Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Biology and Chemistry) - IFM Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Applied Science (Health) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Education (Research) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Social Work (Research) Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Copenhagen) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Exercise Science and Sport) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition and Public Health) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Education) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Construction Management (Research) Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Engineering Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Engineering - IFM Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Nursing Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Philosophy Waurn Ponds (Geelong) More Info
Master of Science (Information Technology) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Public Health and Health Services) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Engineering - IFM Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Philosophy Waurn Ponds (Geelong) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture and Built Environment) Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Engineering Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Environmental Science) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) - IISRI Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Applied Science (Health) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Arts Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Copenhagen) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Science) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Construction Management (Research) Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Biology and Chemical Sciences) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Biology and Chemical Sciences) - IFM Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Biology and Chemistry) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology) - IISRI Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture and Built Environment) Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Biology and Chemistry) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Business and Law) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Architecture (Research) Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Engineering - IISRI Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology) - IISRI Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Education (Research) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Education) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Health) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) Burwood (Melbourne) More Info
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) Burwood (Melbourne) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info

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