Deakin University's internationally recognised research is concentrated on the most important global challenges. With a bevy of top minds, world-class facilities and international networks, we test, refine and develop sought-after innovations that improve the lives of individuals, business and communities.

Key Research Areas

Research at Deakin is divided into five themes that together advance knowledge, better humanity and preserve our planet.

  • Designing smarter technologies
  • Improving health and wellbeing
  • Enabling a sustainable world
  • Advancing society and culture
  • Building safe and secure communities

Top 5 Research Centres

  • Institute for Frontier Materials - Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)
  • Institute for Health Transformation (IHT)
  • Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI)
  • Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²) - Alfred Deakin Institute (ADI)
  • Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT)

Top 5 Research Achievements

  1. Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) is a comprehensive quality evaluation of all research produced in Australian universities. Of the research we conduct at Deakin, 100% was rated at or above world standard in 2019.
  2. Placed at 231, we're ranked in the top 1% of universities globally by the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020. This rating indicates world-class facilities, research and teaching, as well as employability, innovation and inclusiveness.
  3. No. 1 in Australia and no. 3 in the world in Sport Science (ARWU, 2020)
  4. World leader in carbon and short fibre, metals and steel research, electromaterials, corrosion, nanotechnology and composite materials. We’re home to some of the best future-focused engineering and design facilities in the Australian university sector.
  5. Top 100 for research in Education, Nursing, Computer Science, Sport-related subjects


  • 14 Research Centres
  • About 1500 Research Students
  • About 2400 Research Staff/Supervising academics


  • The GOstralia! Research Centre in cooperation with Deakin University award exclusive PhD full tution fee scholarships open to all faculties. More information
  • More funding information and application deadline available here.