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Deakin University

Deakin University, Australia

Deakin University. Worldly. Ahead of the curve.

Deakin University aims to be Australia's most progressive university—relevant, innovative and responsive in all its activities. Scholastic excellence, top-quality research, industry partnerships and tailored courses are some of the reasons why students all over the world choose Deakin.

  • Overview
  • Studying at Deakin
  • Location

Deakin University has always been ahead of the curve. From being the first Australian university to specialise in distance education to becoming the university with Victoria’s most satisfied students eight years running, Deakin has a long and illustrious history.

Named after Australia's second prime minister (Alfred Deakin), Deakin University was formally established in 1974 as one of the first universities in Australia to specialise in distance education, and the first to be established in regional Victoria.

Each of the three major international rankings have rated Deakin in the top 2% of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings). This rating indicates world-class facilities, research and teaching, as well as employability, innovation and inclusiveness.

Deakin has also been rated first in Victoria for student satisfaction for eight consecutive years (Australian Graduate Survey (2010–15) and QILT Student Experience Survey (2016–17)).

Location: Melbourne & Area

Geelong, Australia

Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and home to nearly four million people. It is the second-largest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia. Here are some Melbourne fast facts:

  • Melbourne was judged as the second-most Most Livable City in the world in 2018 according to the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2018 ranking of the world's most liveable cities. Melbourne missed out on the top spot by just 0.7%.
  • Melbourne has been ranked the third most student-friendly city in the world in the QS Best Student City Rankings 2018.
  • More than 100 languages are spoken by the city's residents.


Deakin has five campuses (including our online Cloud Campus), five research institutes and 11 strategic research centres, four corporate centres, courses onoffer at three regional learning centres, and an additional six regional study spaces.

Melbourne Burwood Campus
Just 30 minutes from Melbourne's city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's largest campus (by number of students).

Waurn Ponds Campus
Deakin's hosts world-class education programs and facilities in a picturesque, rural environment.

Geelong Waterfront Campus
Discover Deakin's Geelong Waterfront Campus, a stunning seaside location with exceptional on-campus facilities, amenities and accommodation.

Warrnambool Campus
Three hours from Melbourne, Warrnambool is a welcoming campus, close to the town centre and some beautiful surf beaches.

Cloud Campus
Get your degree from Deakin's Cloud Campus - our world-class, online learning environment. You'll be connected with the same materials, teachers and community that makes university a rich and rewarding experience - and you'll get to do it when and where it suits you.


If you're thinking of studying medicine at Deakin University Medical school, you'll be in Geelong!

Approximately 800 students call the spacious Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus home. Just a short drive from the incredible surf coast and Great Ocean Road, the campus boasts incredible recreational facilities (from a stadium, sports hall and courts, to a deluxe health club, complete with gym, work-out studios and group fitness classes) and lots of green space—a beautiful place to have a truly unique university experience! The residential community also enjoys the convenience of living only 15 minutes from the Geelong CBD and five minutes from Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre.

Geelong sits at the start of one of the world’s most beautiful coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road. Surf beaches, whale watching and the famous Twelve Apostles are on your doorstep. On campus there are tons of outdoor areas and spacious new buildings, perfect for both socialising and studying.

Studying at Deakin

Deakin structures its teaching and learning to align with graduate learning outcomes.

LIVE the future: Agenda 2020, launched July 2012, encapsulates Deakin University's plan to bring the opportunities of the digital age into the real world of Learning, Ideas, Value and Experience (LIVE).

Four important, interconnecting elements make up the Deakin Promise. As a worldly university, informed by its Australian context and engaged with the communities it serves, Deakin promises to advance the following

  • Learning: Offer brilliant education where you are and where you want to go.
  • Ideas: Make a difference through world-class innovation and research.
  • Value: Strengthen our communities, enable our partners and enhance our enterprise.
  • Experience: Delight our students, our alumni, our staff and our friends.

Popular Study Areas

  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Master of Public Health
  • Bachelor of Laws
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