Deakin University




University Location Geelong, Victoria
City Population 278,000
Student Population 60,000
Int'l Student Population 11,200
Main Campus Burwood
Program Campus Waurn Ponds, Online
Program Duration 1 – 2 years
Trimester Intakes March, July, November
Application Deadline No set deadline*

Studying STEM at Deakin University

Deakin University has campuses in Melbourne, Geelong, and Warrnambool, and an innovative online learning platform. Deakin aims to be Australia’s most progressive university—relevant, innovative, and responsive in all its activities.

Deakin provides STEM programs in the Faculty of Science, Engineering, and Built Environment through the following schools:

  • School of Architecture and Built Environment
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Information Technology
  • School of Life and Environmental Science

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE) works towards excellence in teaching, learning and research by harnessing emerging technologies and drawing from industry connections and research outcomes to ensure Deakin is at the cutting edge of teaching.

On this page you’ll find a list of available study areas for international students. Because we can’t list all available programs, we have chosen a few popular programs for Canadians. If what you’re looking for isn’t shown, please reach out to

STEM Study Areas

As a Deakin University STEM student, you’ll be offered a personalized education informed by emerging technologies, pushing the boundaries of research, and fostering relationships with professional associations, other education providers and leaders in industry and government both in Australia and internationally.

Many of Deakin’s programs provide industry-based internship opportunities, giving you firsthand work experience and preparing you for employment once you graduate. You may also choose to take part in the university’s peer support and mentor program, offering a friendly face from the moment you start at Deakin and helping you transition into university life.


Architecture and Built Environment
You will be given the opportunity to contribute to the design and creation of innovative, sustainable environments using principles from art, design, technology, and environmental science. Award winning staff will help you hone your skills and learn to create designs that will have a real-world impact.

Study areas include architecture, construction management.

Master of Architecture
Duration: 2 years
Campus: Waterfront (Geelong)
Intakes: March & July

Throughout this course you will undertake studies of ethical, evaluative and research frameworks which underpin the field of architecture. You will also fabricate models in our state-of-the-art architecture workshop and experiment with technology, materials, and processes. The workshop is fully equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, and traditional tools and machinery.


As an engineering student, you will have access to some of the most future-focused and innovative technologies in Australia as you learn how to find creative solutions to real-world problems. Hands-on, industry-led courses pave the way for you to become job-ready for your future career.

Study areas include additive manufacturing, engineering (civil, electrician and electronics, environmental, mechanical, mechatronics, renewable energy), and engineering management.

Master of Infrastructure Engineering and Management
Duration: 1 year
Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
March, July, November

This program extends your knowledge in infrastructure engineering through a unique blend of engineering and architecture units. Upon graduation, you will be equipped with knowledge and skills to plan and engineer significant infrastructure projects through the consideration of technological, economic, and social impacts in both regional and metropolitan profiles.


Information Technology
Immersive learning facilities prepare you for an ever-evolving industry. You will have access to professional software, game engines, virtual reality, and content development packages.
Engage in a wide variety of fields from, cyber security to data analytics and put yourself at the forefront of a fully connected future.

Study areas include artificial intelligence, cloud computing and networking, computer science, creative technologies, cyber security, data science, games and application development, information technology, IT services and strategy, software engineering, and virtual reality.

Master of Cyber Security
Duration: 1 – 2 years, depending on your professional experience and qualifications
Campus: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Intakes: March, July, November

Deakin’s Master of Cyber Security gives you the skills required to effectively and strategically respond to cyber security challenges from both a technical and organizational perspective. You will gain a solid understanding of cyber security concepts and industry practices, as well as the techniques and tools available to prevent and mitigate cyber security threats.


Life and Environmental Sciences
Discovery and sustainability are just two of the possibilities that await you in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. Covering a broad range of specializations, you could find yourself analyzing a state-of-the-art crime scene house or surrounded by wildlife as you tackle conservation and sustainability. Industry collaboration and hands-on, practical experiences prepare you for a career outside of the classroom.

Study areas include biological science, biomedical science, biotechnology and bioinformatics, chemistry and pharmaceutical science, environmental engineering, environmental management and sustainability, forensic science, mathematical modeling, marine, science, sustainable regional development, wildlife and conservation biology, zoology, and animal science.

Master of Sustainability
Duration: 1.5 years
Burwood (Melbourne), Online
March & July

The flexible structure of the course provides you with the opportunity to build the degree for the career you want. You’ll first acquire a solid foundation in sustainability before broadening your studies through pursuit of a specialization that interests you most. Toward the latter part of your studies, you will have the option to either undertake a focused research project, industry practice, or further broaden your skills through your choice of elective units spanning climate change adaptation and mitigation, regional development, environmental management, risk assessment and control, health promotion, community consultation, and more. Specializations include environmental management, health and environment, and sustainable regional development.


Connect with Us

If you’re interested in applying to a graduate STEM program at Deakin University, please reach out to the OzTREKK student advisor listed below. Together, we’ll find a program that fits!

Admission Timeline

*While there is no set application deadline, you are encouraged to submit your application a minimum of 6 months prior to the program start date.


Here are some of the most frequently asked STEM questions we receive. Of course, if you don’t see your question listed here, please feel free to email us!

Can I apply if I’m only 17?

Yes, but you’ll require parental or guardian consent (signature). OzTREKK will provide the necessary documentation for this signature.

If you won’t be 18 when your program starts, you’ll be required to show that you’ll be living with an approved guardian until you turn 18. If you don’t have an approved guardian in Australia, you may need a family member to apply for a guardian visa to accompany you. This guardian visa should be obtained as part of the student visa application


Can my entire application be submitted through OzTREKK?

Absolutely. We will manage and submit your application(s) on your behalf and communicate any updates from the universities. We’re here to be an advocate for you, and to walk you through the entire process from start to finish.

OzTREKK will keep you on track with application deadlines, interview dates, and any applicable events. We’ll supply you with a step-by-step list of what you’ll need to submit, and when.

Should you have any questions along the way, just send us an email or book a chat! That’s why we’re here!

Are there any scholarships for international students?

Scholarship options in Australia are usually limited for international students as they tend to be reserved for those undertaking postgraduate research degrees; however, we can advise you where to look and whether specific programs have a history of offering scholarships.

Occasionally, scholarships are granted to high achievers—those with very high marks. In previous years, we have seen $5000- to $10,000-scholarships given to OzTREKK students.

Check out OzTREKK’s Financing page to learn more about scholarships and paying for your degree.

What does “rolling admissions” mean?

Rolling admissions means the university assesses applications as they are received, or on a “first come, first served” basis. As soon as they’ve met the quota and the program is filled, they close the applications. So, for a program that has rolling admissions, the earlier you apply the better!

How does OzTREKK know if my application will be competitive?

The majority of Canadians applying to full-degree programs in Australia (i.e., not study abroad courses, which usually only last a semester or two) apply through OzTREKK. They’re studying medicine, dentistry, law, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, etc.

Since they’re using OzTREKK’s services, this gives us a good idea of the starting point of a competitive application each year, allowing us to help you determine which universities/programs are most likely to present you with a letter of offer!

You can get started on determining your chances by reviewing the admissions requirements on each program page. Then, visit our GPA Conversions and Eligibility pages for details and suggestions to help you get into the program of your dreams. Of course, OzTREKK is always here to help if you have questions.

What is a 5.0 GPA in Australia?

Unlike in Canada, GPAs in Australia are simple. They are standardized, so they mean the same thing to everyone.

In Australia, a 5.0 / 7.0 would roughly translate to a 2.7 / 4.0 or approximately 70% – 72%, but keep in mind all universities assess slightly differently.

Learn more on our GPA Conversions page where we list the most common Canadian GPA scales to their corresponding Australian GPA grade.

Which prerequisites do I need?

Prerequisite courses vary by university and by program. We’ve listed university- and program-specific requirements on each program’s page under “Admissions Requirements.”

How do universities calculate GPA?

Calculations differ by university, but most use cumulative (all units within a program) or weighted GPA (typically last 2 or 3 years of study). See GPA Calculations for more information.

Can I do my courses online?

Some programs may offer online delivery, although it is important to note that international students in an online program are not eligible for an Australian student visa. If you choose to study online, you will have to study this program from your home country.

Can I transfer credits from my Canadian university?

Typically, international universities do not allow an automatic transfer of studies; however, you can apply for credit based on your previous studies, and if the university determines your previous courses are equivalent to those in their program, they will offer you credit for those subjects.

To apply for credit, you will need to provide a list of subjects from your undergraduate degree that you feel are relevant to this program or which might overlap with program content. You will then need to collect the detailed course outlines for each of these subjects, and we can submit these to the Australian university with your application.

What does an “Honours” program mean?

Honours studies in Australia differ from Honours studies at Canadian universities. In Australia, an Honours degree is typically awarded after an additional year of research has been completed following the standard 3-year undergraduate degree program. In Canada, an Honours degree is usually awarded after four years of undergraduate study and may or may not include an undergraduate thesis, depending on the school and program.

What are official transcripts, and how do I send them?

Currently, our Australian universities require original transcripts to assess your application—certified by OzTREKK, which means we have to put our stamp on paper. Literally.

Usually, students order transcripts from their high school, college and/or university and have them mailed to our office. Alternatively, you can pick up your transcripts and mail them to OzTREKK, as long as they remain in their original, sealed envelopes.

You will need to submit final transcripts (showing your degree/diploma is completed) from every institution you have attended. We only require one copy of each transcript, even if you apply to multiple universities or programs.

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Alternatively, your high school, college and/or university can email them to

P.S. Try sending your documents via FedEx and Purolator, especially when you need your documents to arrive at our office ASAP. If you use Canada Post’s courier Xpresspost, please don’t request a signature, as this can add unexpected delays!

As soon as your transcript arrives, we’ll let you know!

When should I apply?

Applications typically open a year in advance of the program start date. We recommend that you begin your application in January/February and aim to have your documents in by the spring/early summer.

What if my transcripts / documents are not in English?

If your documents are not in English, you must provide full translation of each document, either prepared by your university or by a registered translator. You must not translate the documents yourself.

Please note OzTREKK must receive the official translation directly from the university or translator in order to certify the document. Please read How Do I Send My Transcripts for more information.