PhD Xtra

PhD Xtra offers an enhanced learning experience through an individual, flexible learning plan tailored by you. Grow your capacity to relate your research to the broader framework of knowledge in your area and master the ability to competently tackle any problem.

Go beyond the answers with PhD Xtra

Why follow paths when you can forge them? PhD Xtra offers all higher degree by research (HDR) students at Deakin an enhanced and individually tailored learning experience. Watch now - 0.52

Individual Learning Plans

This is your opportunity to take control of your study program, by building in training to help you complete your thesis and gain valuable knowledge and transferable skills.

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The PhD Xtra program includes at least one unit of research training coursework (students in some academic units may be required to complete additional units). The content of the units varies by faculty and discipline.

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If you have an identified intended career pathway, the option of completing a career pathway placement will add another element to your individualised learning program.

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Oral thesis examinations

An oral thesis examination is an oral defence of a written thesis. The thesis is examined by external examiners in the normal way, but the examination panel also meets privately with the student to discuss the work. In some cases, the private examination can also be accompanied by a public event such as a seminar or presentation.

Students at the Institute for Frontier Materials are required to undergo an oral examination. Students from other areas may also request approval from their academic unit.

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Portfolio of Assets

While completing a higher degree by research means making a contribution to the body of knowledge in your field, it also involves acquiring significant knowledge and embedded skills. The Portfolio of Assets makes these skills and knowledge more explicit and documents them in one place as a career advancement resource.


DeakinSync is your gateway for all candidature management and research training needs. It contains a number of tiles which provide access to the systems you need, as well as links to supporting information and training opportunities.

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PhD Xtra program requirements

New students includes students who commenced on or after 31 October 2016

New students Current students
Individual Learning Plan (ILP) Optional
Portfolio of Assets If opt into ILP
Deakin Research Integrity Training
Deakin Research Induction Optional
HDR Respectful Behaviour ModuleOptional
Research Training Coursework Unit Optional
Career Pathway Placements Optional Optional
Confirmation of Candidature
Annual Candidature Review
Progress Management Panel As required As required
Oral Thesis Examinations As determined by Faculty/Inst. Optional (approval required)
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