Be expert - join the world's best and brightest research professionals in Deakin's new PhD Xtra program.

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Induction and candidature

Deakin provides an induction program and effective supervision for all research degree students.

There are a number of key milestones in your candidature including your candidature engagement form, confirmation, and demonstrating satisfactory progress via the annual review.

All students are encouraged to publish their work during candidature as it has many advantages.

You can apply to change the terms of your candidature via the online forms.

Want to know more? Here are your candidature questions answered.


Take control of your studies by developing an individual learning plan (ILP) tailored to your needs. The ILP gives you direct access to a catalogue of training components here at Deakin plus the ability to incorporate external training opportunities and placements within industry.

All students admitted under the PhD Xtra program are required to complete a minimum of one unit of coursework and both Research Integrity training and the HDR Respectful Behaviour Module prior to confirmation.

In addition, you may be required to undertake ethics or safety related training depending on your field of research.

Support and scholarships

Funding is available to support students during their studies. Check out research scholarships for more information.

Want to know more? Here are your scholarship questions answered.

Deakin wants you to succeed in your studies and therefore provides a wide range of support and resources including compliance information.

The Graduate Research Academy (GRA) offer a number of resources that provide advice on completing a research degree and advice for life after the PhD.

Your thesis and examination

Your thesis structure can be formed in a number of ways (e.g. Thesis by Publication and Conventional Thesis). Help is also available to you with the writing up process.

Please check the required examination procedures, include the correct forms prior to submitting your thesis into the HDR examination system.

More information is available about what happens after you submit your thesis, what your examination outcome could be and what happens after you lodge your library copy.

Training and workshops

Deakin strongly encourages all students to complete the training offerings organised by the GRA.

The training provides an important introduction to research degree studies and a great deal of advice on how to complete your course and have a good research experience. Some training is mandatory while most is optional.

Training can be undertaken online at a time that suits you, or in workshops which are scheduled on a regular basis.

You need to register your attendance via our training website.

Policies and Procedures

Research degrees at Deakin are governed by a suite of policies and procedures. You should familiarise yourself with these early in your candidature.

During your research studies you may need information regarding ethics, intellectual property, commercialisation.

International research degree students queries or concerns should be directed to an International Student Adviser.

In-Country, joint PhD or Cotutelle program queries or concerns should be directed to the International Partnerships Office.

Research that makes an impact

Deakin’s research makes a positive difference to our communities by addressing the social, economic and environmental challenges facing the world. We’re focused on innovation and robust partnerships with industry and business.

Explore our impact themes to discover more about where your research degree could take you.

Creating smarter technologies

Advance the sophistication, capability and ethical use of technologies such as artificial intelligence, sensing systems, robotics and automation and new materials.
Develop the skills and technologies to underpin a sustainable economic future for Australia in which new technologies align creative problem-solving and productivity to deliver progress, not just change.
Use smart technology capabilities to support progress in each of the other Impact Themes.

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Enabling a sustainable world

Understand, protect and manage land, air, and marine ecosystems. f Advance the circular economy through innovative resource management technologies that are sustainable and scalable.
Support organisations and communities to be more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable.
Support the transition to sustainable energy solutions by developing and applying new technologies for energy generation, storage and transport.

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Building safe and secure communities

Deliver innovative technological, social and community-based solutions that support community resilience, safety and wellbeing.
Develop and apply innovative technology to enhance safety and security, including intelligent systems, cyber security and human- centric digital solutions.
Design solutions to secure supply chains and transportation.
Develop innovative solutions that support Australia’s security and defence.

Advancing society, culture and the economy

Inform and shape the development of a more effective and resilient education system.
Build the business capabilities necessary for a strong, sustainable, diverse and resilient economy.
Strengthen democratic and civil society through the application of critical ideas and the cultural and economic inclusion of disadvantaged and marginalised groups in society.
Engage with Australia’s rich heritage, including Indigenous Knowledges, and support the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Support and develop Australia’s cultural, artistic, creative and sporting industries.

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Improving health and wellbeing

Develop and deliver solutions that improve health care for our communities, focusing on:

  • sustainable models of health care delivery
  • integrated and sustainable models of prevention
  • whole-of-population health care outcomes that reduce health disparities.

Enhance the capabilities required for sustainable health care reform through:

  • participant-centred approaches to health care evaluation and delivery
  • evidence-led and transformed practice
  • innovative digital and technological solutions.

Work with global partners to leverage our capabilities and to adapt approaches to support the delivery of sustainable health care internationally.

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News, events and activities

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During the year we have a number of activities for research degree students including the Visual Your Thesis competition as well as the three minute thesis competition.

Join our Facebook page to network with other Deakin research degree students or keep up-to-date with news and events.

Have your details changed?

Changes to your personal details such as your address should by updated via StudentConnect. Scholarship students should also update their address details on DeakinPeople by selecting 'Personal and Job Details' from the main menu and then selecting 'Personal Details'.

Scholarship students should update banking details via DeakinPeople by selecting 'Pay' from the main menu and then selecting 'Bank Accounts'.

Changes to your name or citizenship require supporting documentation and should be forwarded to the HDR Candidature Manager, and for international students, also to Deakin International.

Do you need to talk to someone?

If you experience problems or need to make a complaint during your candidature, it is important this is tackled without delay.

Deakin HDR staff are available to answer all your enrolment, candidature, scholarship, and examination enquiries.

Specialist support is also available to international students. We offer advice and assistance with study and enrolment-related matters and transition to university and life in Australia. If you do need to talk to someone, please email us with your Deakin email and include your mobile phone number so that we can contact you to organise an appointment.

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