How to apply

How do I apply?

Choose your discipline

Deakin Business School invites applications from exceptional candidates for the PhD program in the following disciplines:

Deakin Law School invites applications from exceptional candidates for the PhD program in law.

Complete and send your application package

Applicants interested in undertaking a PhD within the Faculty of Business and Law must send their application package to bl-phd@deakin.edu.au. The application package should include the following:

  1. Faculty EOI form.
  2. Candidates who pass the first review will be asked to send a 5 minute video presentation addressing their reasons for applying for a PhD, what they want to achieve during their time at Deakin, and summarizing their understanding of a particular academic literature that they are interested.
  3. GMAT/GRE score – It is not compulsory to submit your GMAT/GRE scores with your application, but it is advisable to do so. GMAT/GRE scores will feature heavily when considering a student for the scholarship top-up.

Check the deadlines

Deakin Business School and Deakin Law School have two PhD intakes each year: one in Trimester 1 (March) and the other in Trimester 2 (July). Submission deadlines are specified below:

Please note: the Departments of Economics and Accounting only accept PhD students in the Trimester 1 (March) intake.

ApplicantFaculty EOI submission deadlinePreferred intake
Domestic + international *15 September for T1(March) of the following yearTrimester 1 (March)
Domestic + international *9 February for T2 (July) of same yearTrimester 2 (July)

*Visa processing times for international applicants are determined by the Australian government and are consequently outside the control of Deakin University. Typical visa processing times are available from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, although applicants from countries that have been placed under sanction by the UN and/or Australia are advised that they may face additional visa processing times. If you are from a country that has been placed under sanction, please submit your Faculty EOI form by the deadline for the intake preceding your preferred intake. For example, if you would like to be in the Trimester 2 2019 intake, please submit your Faculty EOI form by the deadline for the Trimester 1 2019 intake (i.e., September 30, 2018).

Ensure you have supplied all requested information

It is each applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they provide all requested information in the Faculty EOI by the submission deadline. Failure to include all requested information may result in an application not being considered.

What happens after I submit my Application package?

Following each Faculty EOI submission deadline:

  1. Applicants will be screened on the basis of the information they provided in their Faculty EOI form to determine whether:
    • They meet the PhD admission requirements
    • Supervision in their proposed project area is available
    • Their proposed project aligns with University and Faculty strategic goals.
  2. Applicants who pass this screening process will be screened again by the Department to further refine and rank the shortlisted applicants.
  3. Applicants who pass the first screening process will be asked to send a 5 minute video presentation addressing their reasons for applying for a PhD, what they want to achieve during their time at Deakin, and summarizing their understanding of a particular academic literature that they are interested
  4. Applicants who pass the second screening process will be interviewed by a selection panel of their discipline in September or early October (for those intending to start in Trimester 1) or in late January or early February (for those intending to start in Trimester 2).
  5. Applicants who have been successful in gaining an interview will be evaluated against each other from other disciplines to determine which applicants will be offered scholarships and/or candidature.
  6. Applicants who will be offered a scholarship and/or candidature will be given between 2-4 weeks to submit a formal application, certified copies of the information provided in the EOI form via post to receive a firm offer.

The internal process of screening applicants varies from discipline to discipline with some disciplines having one screening process before applicants are interviewed.

What happens after I am admitted into the PhD program?

To satisfy the requirements for the PhD, a student will need to satisfactory complete:

  • Coursework requirements
  • Confirmation of candidature (defence of thesis proposal)
  • A doctoral dissertation
  • The course learning outcomes associated with the PhD degree.

All PhD candidates are admitted on a provisional candidature basis and must satisfy the Faculty’s requirements for transferring to full candidature, which is referred to as confirmation of candidature. The confirmation process includes a Faculty presentation and meeting with a panel, which will include your Supervisors and other members of academic staff. The confirmation of candidature process must be completed within one year of candidature for full-time PhD candidates.

Candidates will also be required to complete a series of coursework units relevant to their discipline as part of their research program.

Should you have any questions concerning the application process and/or any matter relating to a PhD opportunity within the Faculty of Business and Law, please email bl-phd@deakin.edu.au

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