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89% of our research is rated world-class or better**

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At Deakin, you'll be challenged to discover innovative solutions to real issues facing our planet through research conducted within our five research themes:

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

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Enabling a sustainable world

Our research is underpinned by an objective for sustainable outcomes.

Advancing society and culture

We’re helping to 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.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition and Public Health) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Information Technology) - IISRI Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Social Work (Research) Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Arts Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Exercise Science and Sport) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Information Technology) - IISRI Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) - IFM Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Surgical Research Waurn Ponds (Geelong) More Info
Master of Applied Science (Health and Disease) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Public Health and Health Services) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) - IFM Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Architecture (Research) Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Biology and Chemical Sciences) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Health) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Biology and Chemical Sciences) - IFM Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology) - A2I2 Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Information Technology) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Surgical Research Waurn Ponds (Geelong) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Biology and Chemistry) - IFM Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) - IISRI Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Science) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Nursing Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Information Technology) - A2I2 Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Business and Law) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology) - A2I2 Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Environmental Science) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Health and Disease) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Applied Science (Health and Disease) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Information Technology) - A2I2 Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Health and Disease) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Engineering - IISRI Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Biology and Chemistry) - IFM Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Applied Science (Health) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Education (Research) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Social Work (Research) Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Copenhagen) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Exercise Science and Sport) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition and Public Health) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Education) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Construction Management (Research) Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Engineering Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Engineering - IFM Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Nursing Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Philosophy Waurn Ponds (Geelong) More Info
Master of Science (Information Technology) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Public Health and Health Services) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Engineering - IFM Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Philosophy Waurn Ponds (Geelong) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture and Built Environment) Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Engineering Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Environmental Science) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) - IISRI Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Applied Science (Health) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Arts Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Copenhagen) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Science) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Construction Management (Research) Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Biology and Chemical Sciences) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Science (Biology and Chemical Sciences) - IFM Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Biology and Chemistry) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology) - IISRI Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture and Built Environment) Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Biology and Chemistry) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Business and Law) Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Architecture (Research) Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Engineering - IISRI Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology) - IISRI Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Master of Education (Research) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Education) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Philosophy (Health) Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) More Info
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) Burwood (Melbourne) More Info
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) Burwood (Melbourne) More Info

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Discover what it’s like to be a research student at Deakin. Explore our research areas, learn how we’ll support your success and get a feel for the exciting opportunities ahead of you.

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Boost your career prospects with PhD Xtra, a flexible learning program that sharpens the focus of what and how you learn to better meet your personal goals.

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Research scholarships

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Why choose Deakin

89% of our research is rated world-class or better and our broad international research footprint is continually growing. But they're not the only reasons why high-achieving professionals choose Deakin to take their career and research forward.

World-class facilities and exceptional support services

Study with a leading university ranked in the top 2% globally

(QS World University Rankings)

Greater placement opportunities through PhD Xtra

Research supervisors who are global leaders in their fields

My Deakin PhD candidature allows me the time to focus on my research and the opportunity to communicate with other professionals.

Cen Lin

Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing)

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We're ready to help you make an informed choice. Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your research options, support services and how we can help you further your career.

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^ARWU Rankings 2020
*Quacquarelli Symonds (QS); QS Stars University Ratings
**Excellence in Research for Australia 2015