Research students - Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) programs enable you to develop independent research skills and are for students who want to pursue their own theories and ideas at a high conceptual level.

The skills developed as part of a research degree include the ability to formulate a significant research problem, relate the research to the broader framework of knowledge in the chosen area, and master appropriate skills to solve a problem. Research results are incorporated into a thesis, and this is submitted for examination.

Research-level study can lead to a research or academic career and is highly valued in the workplace.

Degrees offered

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Architecture (Research)
  • Master of Construction Management (Research)
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Science (Information Technology)
  • Master of Science (Biological and Chemical Sciences)
  • Master of Science (Environmental Science)

Research degrees information

The Current Students portal has useful information about:

  • Induction and candidature
  • Scholarships and support
  • Policies and procedures
  • Thesis and examination
  • News, events and activities

School Research Areas

Visit the respective school website to find out about their research areas and activities, areas of supervision and research contacts:

Applying for a research degree

See more information on how to apply to prepare for and undertake a research degree, checking eligibility, and assistance.

Help and problems

if you experience problems during your candidature, you should seek support promptly and your first contact should be your supervisor.

For more information, review the grievances and problems website.

If you wish to speak to somebody within the faculty, please review our faculty contacts.

Student resources

Travel information

Reimbursement instructions

Please contact the Finance and Business team for information on how to submit a reimbursement.

Advice on completing research degrees

Deakin Research has put together resources and support information for students completing a research degree.

A number of books have been written to provide practical advice to research degree students on how to complete their degree and make the most of the experience

Help with writing! See advice on writing your thesis for your research degree.

Deakin Library has a research support page and research skills modules on a range of topics.

Division of Student Life has a study skills section in its web site with a  range of guides and links to relevant information including:

  • editing;
  • critical  analysis;
  • referencing;  and
  • presentations

Induction workshops, presentations and sessions

All  research students are encouraged to attend and participate these  general induction sessions, presentations and workshops.

You will need to register as there are limited places and to ensure you are informed about upcoming events  and changes to scheduled events. Refer to the training and workshops website.

Managing research data

Research data is broadly defined as all data created by researchers in the course of their work. Research materials include (but are not limited to):

  • physical samples
  • photographs
  • written or audio-visual recordings
  • artwork
  • questionnaires or other instruments
  • fieldwork notes, and
  • other items which are either the sources of data or themselves constitute data in a research project.

Research data management includes all the activities associated with data other than using the data including:

  • data storage
  • backup
  • organisation
  • archival
  • sharing or publishing
  • security, and
  • collaboration.

Deakin Research has excellent resources on data management tools and help located on their Manage your research data website.

More information about Management of research data at Deakin

Completed Candidates

Deakin offers many resources for completed students to help assist them after they complete their candidature.

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