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Deakin University

Background of Institution

Deakin University is a dynamic Australian teaching and research university with campuses in both Melbourne and regional Victoria. Deakin is a member of Universities Australia and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Its degrees are recognised by universities worldwide.

Established in 1970s, Deakin successfully combines traditional values of excellence in teaching and research with an approach that challenges conventional practises and produces new ways of developing and delivering courses.

Deakin University has twice won the prestigious Australian University of the Year award. In 2007, Deakin's Teaching excellence was recognised by the bestowal of citations to nine of its staff for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the Carrick Awards. These awards, from the Federal Government of Australia, are named in honour of leading Australian educationist Sir John Carrick and recognise achievement in promoting and advancing learning and teaching in higher education.

Courses are offered from bachelor to doctoral level, in traditional disciplines such as Arts and Science, in newer fields such as Sport, Environment and Nutrition, and in professional fields such as Architecture, Law, Engineering, Nursing, Teaching, Psychology and Business. World-class training delivery, coupled with internships, equip students with valuable real-world experience and enable them to be industry-ready.

Deakin has built an enviable international reputation for fostering outstanding research programs in areas relevant to our future. Our students are taught by leading researchers and are exposed to leading-edge research and technology. Deakin University's research is focused in three major themes: frontier science and technology, health and wellbeing, and strengthening Australian society. The University's research programs are associated with all the major disciplines.

Deakin works in partnership with government, major corporations and professional associations to ensure its research is relevant to contemporary issues. The University also collaborates with some of the world's leading research institutions to provide answers to key issues affecting citizens throughout the world.

The professional orientation of its programs, its numerous and varied partnerships, its rapidly increasing research profile and its successful use of technology for teaching, make the University a leader in the provision of contemporary education.

What Makes Us Special?

  • Great university, fantastic locations
    Deakin is one of Australia's largest universities, yet the campuses in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool have a strong community feeling and provide a supportive study environment. Apart from the range of innovative courses, vibrant campuses and outstanding services and facilities, Deakin is a supportive and friendly place to study. Further, with small class sizes, students have easy access to lecturers and facilities, and individual attention from friendly and encouraging staff.
  • Deakin University English Language Institute
    Deakin University English Language Institute offers a range of programs. The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program provides a direct entry pathway to Deakin's undergraduate and postgraduate courses while the Intensive Academic Preparation (IAP) program provides an ideal preparation for success in university studies.
  • Flexible Learning
    Deakin's courses are flexible so students can choose specialist areas as they progress through their course and tailor their degree to match their career goals. Deakin's flexible approach means the university makes use of technology in the way staff deliver their courses, including video streaming of lectures, podcasts and downloadable MP3s.
  • The real-world experience
    Industry placements or internships are a feature of many Deakin courses, allowing students to form industry networks and gain valuable workplace experience before graduating. Many of our courses have a built-in work component, which consolidates and gives relevance to students' learning while they study. This means students can apply their skills and knowledge in the workplace, and enhance their employment prospects.

Programme Outline

Deakin University offers courses in:

  • Communication and Creative Arts
  • Education
  • History, heritage and Society
  • International and Political Studies
  • Business
  • Accounting, Economics and Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Law
  • Management and Marketing
  • Psychology
  • Exercise and Nutrition
  • Health and Social Development
  • Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Architecture and Building
  • Engineering and Information Technology
  • Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Languages

Academic Facilities

Each of Deakin's four campuses has excellent teaching and learning facilities. Students are supported by 24-hour computer laboratories, with email and internet access for study purposes. Libraries on each campus provide the latest electronic information services for access to major Australian and international research collections. Facilities are constantly evolving, ensuring students have access to the latest equipment and industry-standard facilities, such as Deakin's Motion.Lab, Australia's most technologically advanced motion capture facility at the Melbourne Campus at Burwood.

Student Support Services & Student Development Activities

Deakin prides itself on being a student-centered University, dedicated to providing students with support, advice and encouragement in addition to the opportunity to obtain a quality Australian degree. From before they enrol, throughout their studies and beyond (through our Alumni program), we do everything we can to help our students grow academically, socially and professionally.

Scholarships/Financial Aid

Deakin University is committed to providing its international students with opportunities to obtain financial support for their study program through a wide range of scholarships and bursaries. Scholarships are for full-time, on-campus international students at Deakin and are awarded on the basis of academic merit. In general, applicants must be eligible for their selected program and be citizens of a country other than Australia and New Zealand. Additional eligibility requirements, however, may apply for selected scholarships.

The University, through the Division of Student Life, provides interest free student loans to students who are in financial need and are progressing satisfactorily with their studies.

International Recognition & Achievement

  • A Deakin degree is a quality degree and is recognised by universities worldwide.
  • Deaking University and Biocon, India's largest biotechnology company, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will bring the two institutions together to work on a number of projects such as innovative plans to establish a mammalian cell bio-processing facility at the Geelong Technology Precinct (GTP). GTP is on Deakin University's Geelong Campus at Waurn Pounds in Victoria. In India, the partnership will facilitate the establishment of a Deakin Research Institute in Bangalore. This will also involve collaborative research with Biocon. The Institute will have a focus on discovery and applied science in research areas including drug development, biotechnology, new materials and intelligent systems.
  • Deakin's Centre for Cool Climate Wine Science, only a couple of years old, has already won international recognition. South Korea is using the centre's expertise to set up its own cool climate wine industry.