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Get ready to break new ground, implement intelligent ideas and leave a lasting mark on your field with a Deakin PhD.

Confidently choose a Deakin research degree

Deakin research degrees and PhDs are designed to develop your expertise, open doors to exciting career opportunities and make transformative discoveries in your field. Focusing on practical learning and industry engagement, we equip you with the skills global organisations value, making you an employer's top choice in your field.

With hundreds of scholarships available, you’ll enjoy a fee-free tuition that means you can focus on your impactful research.

Plus, you'll be supported by the #1 university for career services in Australia, meaning you'll be well on your way to the global career you’ve always wanted. Deakin research degree and PhD candidates work in the organisations you want to.

Don’t miss your chance to boost your career potential.

Competitive financial support

Domestic scholarship recipients receive an above university average $33,500 per annum stipend (tax exempt) and a $5000 travel allowance.

Explore Deakin's leading research degrees

Ready to undertake a research degree? At Deakin we have two main types of research degrees, as well as a joint PhD program. Find the best match for you.

Masters by research

  • 1-2 years full-time
  • A pathway to a PhD
  • Make an original contribution to knowledge
  • Written thesis

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • 3 years full-time
  • Make an original, significant contribution to knowledge in your chosen discipline
  • Supervised research project
  • Written thesis

Cotutelle PhD - one PhD across two universities

  • A PhD that you undertake across two universities in two different countries
  • Two testamurs from each university
  • Double the supervision, facilities, resources and funding opportunities
  • Cotutelle Doctor of Philosophy

Whether you’re starting your research journey or building on previous expertise, you’ll be supported to become a sought-after expert in an area you care about. Use our course finder to find the right research degree for you.

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

Specialist programs

In addition to our two main types of research degrees, specialist research programs are available for professionals in clinical psychology and medicine fields.

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)

The School of Psychology offers a 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.

For more information, visit the course pages:
Doctor of Psychology (Domestic)
Doctor of Psychology (International)

Masters of Philosophy (Medicine)

The Masters of Philosophy is an intensive two-year (full-time) specialist masters research degree in health and bio-medical science.

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.

For more information, visit the course pages:
Master of Philosophy (Domestic)
Master of Philosophy (International)

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Whether you want to break new ground, develop your critical professional skills or work with the best researchers in the world, you'll solve problems no one else can with a Deakin research degree.

Studying a PhD at [Deakin’s Applied AI Institute] A2I2 helped me further my skills in artificial intelligence and I’m excited to apply this knowledge to create a better, more sustainable society

Arun Kumar AV

PhD in artificial intelligence

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