Deakin University

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Deakin University  postgraduate degree can take your career to the next level. With our flexible study options, industry-aligned courses and leading reputation, postgraduate studies at Deakin will support you as you progress on your career journey

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Take the next step with Deakin University

Practical and applied learning plays a key role in enhancing your employability. That’s why at Deakin University we integrate a range of industry-based learning opportunities into many of our postgraduate courses, as well as fieldwork and professional experiences in organisations in Australia and overseas. These opportunities enhance your employment prospects and add depth to your resume, at the same time as gaining credit towards your studies.

All our courses are designed with current industry practice in mind. We work closely with industry and business to develop course content, source guest lecturers who are experts in their commercial fields and give students work placement opportunities that enhance their skills and employability.

Study at your own pace, when and where it suits you, with our flexible learning options. You can choose to study units or your whole course online. Also choose whether you study full-time or part-time, to suit your lifestyle and other commitments.

Our professors and lecturers are not only talented teachers, many also come from industry and remain active in their fields, ensuring our courses stay relevant and reflect changing workplace needs.

Deakin’s extensive range of scholarships help to make postgraduate study more accessible. We offer over 25 different types of postgraduate scholarships, with our top postgraduate scholarships recognising and rewarding students from a broad range of backgrounds across a number of interest areas. 

Deakin students have the highest satisfaction in IT resources of any university in Australia or New Zealand.* We are continuously improving our facilities to ensure they are at the forefront of each field, providing you with the latest industry-standard equipment. For example, our engineering students have access to some of the best future-focused engineering facilities in the Australian university sector within the Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET). With access to real and virtual facilities including computer simulation, prototyping, testing and manufacturing, CADET allows students to realise and validate their designs

The benefits of postgraduate study at Deakin University

In a world that doesn’t stand still, neither can you. Postgraduate study expands your employment opportunities, giving you the skills and expertise to progress your career. Employers value the professional skills and strategic thinking developed through studying at a postgraduate level.

Are you seeking to change careers? Sectors? Industries? Do you want to gain experience in a new sector while studying? We understand that work experience plays a key role in enhancing your employability and assisting with the next step in your career. Many of our postgraduate courses offer opportunities for valuable work placement learning that can help you develop the skills you need to move into a new field of employment

Practical and applied learning opportunities enable you to develop the skills you need, whether changing or progressing your career, gain industry knowledge and extend your professional networks

Many of our courses are industry accredited, which means that future employers will recognise your qualification, as well as professional associations, relevant industries and universities around the world, helping you make the short list for your dream job

A professional network formed at university – fellow students, teachers, mentors and employers via work placement programs – provides lifelong benefits to every aspect of your career development. At Deakin, we facilitate extensive networking opportunities throughout your postgraduate studies, enabling you to develop strong and lasting connections.

A postgraduate qualification helps you stand out from the crowd, demonstrating your commitment to ongoing learning, upskilling and advancing your career.

Making postgraduate study work for you

You can choose to study at one of our campuses in Melbourne, Geelong or Warrnambool, study entirely online at our Cloud Campus, or study a combination of on-campus and online subjects if it fits better with your lifestyle and other commitments. Deakin has three study periods each year, which means you can choose when to start your degree. Fast-track your course by taking extra units throughout the year or you can complete one unit at a time, taking as much time as you need. You can also switch between part-time and full-time study and set your own pace throughout your course.

Some courses allow you to complete a unit with just a few contact days per trimester. The intensive workshops and seminars give you face-to-face peer discussion and networking, but still let you keep up your other activities. It can be especially useful if you’re working full time or live far away.

If you just want to test the waters and see what studying at Deakin is all about before enrolling in a full master’s course, consider studying a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or even a single unit (or two).

Our professional practice degrees offer experienced professionals an innovative approach to earning a postgraduate degree while they work – saving both time and money. To find out how a professional practice degree works, how it differs from a coursework degree, as well as who is eligible to apply

Another postgraduate study option available at Deakin is FutureLearn, which gives you a taste of the Deakin learning experience for free with a range of online units. The units are broken down into convenient two-week blocks, so you can manage your learning around your work and lifestyle commitments. Deakin also offers some postgraduate degrees on FutureLearn across a range of interest areas, which means that once you’ve completed your free two-week unit, you can then choose to continue studying and enrol in a full Deakin postgraduate course, delivered via FutureLearn

All the support you need while you study

We provide support to you at all stages of your postgraduate course, whether you need tips on staying motivated or sessions to improve your academic writing. Every aspect of your study is supported by online resources, student mentors and, of course, our staff. You’ll have access to a huge number of in-depth guides that will help you develop study and life skills, including:
• note-taking skills
• academic referencing
• preparing for exams
• giving an oral presentation
• tips for group work
• the difference between reports and essays
• how to think critically and ask critical questions.

From study support and career planning, to counselling and childcare – we aim to ensure your success no matter your situation

We’ve got lots of easy to use programs and tips to get you connected and working in the cloud in no time.

You might also want to take advantage of our free online tools to brush up on software application skills, get to know new programs and re-familiarise yourself with some old ones you might not have used in a while.

Flexible study options to suit you

On average, students are advised to complete about 10 hours of study per week, for each unit. Most campus-based units require three contact hours each week, plus up to seven hours of independent study time each week. However, contact hours for a coursework degree can vary depending on the type of course and your mode of study.

Yes, we’re known for our flexible study options. Life can change pretty fast. What suits you in March might not work so well in August. Many courses give you the option to switch between campus and Cloud Campus units of study (and back again) as your circumstances change. Likewise, you can switch between full-time and part-time study if you need to, provided your course is available in both study modes.

We give you the flexibility to study what, when and how you want, so you can fit your studies into your busy life. You can supplement your campus study, study entirely online at our Cloud Campus, or take a combination of campus and online subjects if it fits better with your timetable.

Students enrolled in a campus-based unit are required to sit the exam at the campus of unit enrolment. However, those studying online can choose from an extensive list of venues throughout Australia and even internationally.

Applying to Deakin University

We provide step-by-step guidance online to make applying to Deakin University easy. And, with three study periods a year, the next intake is never far away. If you need some advice on preparing your documents or writing a compelling personal statement.

To help you get started here is a list of the types of documents you may need to provide to help progress your application to Deakin:
• award certificates
• academic transcripts
• formal identity papers (e.g. your passport or driver licence)
• resume outlining relevant work experience
• personal statement outlining why you wish to undertake the course

Once you have gathered everything that you need, you can submit your application through Deakin’s online.

You’ll need to attach proof of citizenship, academic transcripts, a research proposal, referee reports and other certified documents.

You can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). CPL, also known as advanced standing or credit transfer, includes formal learning (accredited qualifications) and non-formal and informal learning (non-accredited learning or work experience).

To receive credit towards a component of your course, you should be able to demonstrate that you have achieved learning outcomes equivalent to the learning outcomes of that component. Learning outcomes may include skills or knowledge, or the application of skills or knowledge.

Qualifications completed within the last 10 years will be considered and, for older qualifications, only submit an application if you can demonstrate your continual involvement in the subject area. We’ll consider all university, TAFE and private tertiary education provider qualifications from Australia and around the world for CPL. We also consider any other previous study, work experience and relevant life experience.


Tuition fees are based on the course you enrol in.

There are two types of fees: Fee-Paying Place and Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). Fee-Paying Places are places that aren’t subsidised by the government, so you pay the full cost of the course. As a domestic fee-paying student you may be eligible to defer payment of your fees through the Australian taxation system’s FEE-HELP loan scheme. Your employer may also consider assisting with the cost of study if the course is related to your current position.

CSP is a higher education place available to domestic students, for which the university receives some government funding. Students enrolled in these courses are only required to contribute to part of the cost of the course.

Deakin University offers a range of scholarships to help you complete your study, reach your full potential and achieve your career goals. Our scholarships encompass state, national and international sponsored programs for domestic and international students, and are available across all areas of study.


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