Study the makings of the modern world and the ways local and global societies have interpreted them. Taught by well-renowned historians, our history units cover themes from colonialism and war to gender and social change.

Explore your study options

Study history at Deakin and you’ll be taught by our renowned historians, who are at the forefront of bringing history into public conversations. Gain skills that are transferable across a range industries, making you sought after by employers. In addition, hands-on workplace experience and international study experiences prepare you for an exciting career.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Career opportunities

Our graduates put their skills to use in:

  • branches of state and federal public services
  • education
  • local government
  • the media
  • research work.
Hands-on learning

Hands-on learning

We offer work-integrated learning opportunities that give students an opportunity to learn how their skills will translate to a number of different types of work. Our students have worked in archives repositories, community organisations, historical societies, museums and research groups.

Networking opportunities

Networking opportunities

Deakin historians have a strong online presence that offers opportunities for students to contribute. The Contemporary Histories Research Group and the Australian Policy and History Network host regular events and welcome student input.

Research with us

Have you ever wondered how historians' research can be used in a courtroom as evidence that helps build a prosecution's case? Or how we might remember early Aboriginal and white settler encounters in ways that contribute to policy debates today? If you have an inquisitive mind about history, postgraduate research could be for you.

Learn more about researching with us

Study history at Deakin

Study history at Deakin

Dr Bart Ziino speaks about history at Deakin and a journey into understanding the world in which we live.