Why choose Deakin

Top 1% of universities worldwide*

Deakin is home to world-class facilities, a network of academic supervisors who are leaders in their fields, and globally-significant research projects.

Choose Deakin to be part of groundbreaking research

Whether you're looking to take your studies to the next level or wanting to partner with us, you'll connect with brilliant minds and make new discoveries at Deakin.

100% Excellence in Research Australia (ERA)

Turn your inspiration into creations that change the world. Work with brightest minds in industry and use world-leading research facilities to develop solutions that have a genuine impact on the communities we serve*.

Top 1% of universities worldwide

Learn from the best at a university ranked among the very best in the world*. This rating highlights Deakin’s world-class facilities, research, courses and teaching, as well as employability, innovation and inclusiveness.

500+ partners across 65+ countries

Tap into the brightest minds across the globe with our research network, spanning 500+ partners across 65+ countries to ensure our research delivers the biggest impact.

Research that solves global challenges

Guided by five interconnected research strengths, Deakin researchers work to find solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. Our research excellence spans our faculties and schools, institutes, centres and strategic partnerships. We work with some of the brightest people to translate high-quality research into tangible outcomes for society, culture and the economy.

  • Enabling a sustainable world – we protect and manage our land, air and marine ecosystems; use innovative resource management technologies; and support the transition to sustainable energy solutions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Designing smarter technologies – we’re developing practical technology with ethical foundations to support a sustainable, progressive society.

Learn more about our research strengths

Get the support you need to succeed

Access our academic support so you can flourish. From networking opportunities and assistance with completing a thesis sessions to preparing for life after completion. Our library also has dedicated higher degree liaison librarians for finding specialised materials relevant to your project.


#9 in the world for research excellence


Researchers among top 1% globally


World-leading carbon fibre facility


Australia's largest applied AI Institute


Victoria's most advanced marine lab


Top 200 universities worldwide

Find a research supervisor

Find a research supervisor

We know studying a PhD is a big commitment and choosing a supervisor can be daunting. We're here to help you find an ideal, dedicated supervisor that you feel confident will help you succeed in your field.

Scholarships to change your future

Scholarships to change your future

Our research degree and PhD scholarships will support you during your studies and can cover tuition fees, overseas student health cover or living allowances. For the best chance at securing a scholarship, you’ll need an H1 grade average or equivalent.

Innovative, world-class facilities

You'll find our research across all four campuses, with purpose-built facilities creating extensive research opportunities and fostering strategic national and international partnerships, including:

  • Deakin Engineering Precinct – digital manufacturing, rapid prototyping, 3D modelling and visualisation technologies
  • The Deakin Regional Community Health Hub (REACH) – connecting health students and practitioners in rural and regional Victoria
  • The Geelong Technology Precinct – focussing on Deakin's core research capabilities in materials, biotechnology, chemistry, environmental engineering, manufacturing and agri-processing
  • The Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC) – home to the Carbon Nexus, an international centre of excellence for fibre science, materials and manufacturing research
  • Deakin Motion.Lab – intersecting research, art and technology to deliver innovative solutions
  • 'Yolla' – a purpose-built research vessel providing marine biologists with the world's most advanced multi-beam sonar systems.

Graduate Research Academy

The Deakin Graduate Research Academy provides opportunities for research degree students and researchers at all levels. It expands their skill sets and supports their continuing professional development.

Discover how our Graduate Research Academy can help you


The PhD Xtra program and the GRA offers an opportunity to complete a tailored HDR program, with enhanced learning experiences and career pathways placements.


As a prospective academic staff researcher, gain training and certification that leads to successful supervision and professional development with improved career prospects.


Our research partners will work with our PhD Xtra students and researchers focused on being at the cutting edge of innovation, with a commitment to the research partner as well as the student learning experience.

Contact us

We are committed to building resilient, vibrant and inclusive communities through innovative research. Find out how you can get involved for a brighter future.

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