Student experience

Get support to launch your research career

The PhD program in the Faculty of Business and Law is designed to prepare students for an increasingly competitive academic job market, as well as high level research jobs in the private and public sectors. As a PhD student in the Deakin Business School or the Deakin Law School you will be part of a highly stimulating intellectual environment, where you will be challenged and encouraged to address the big research issues in your field. We place a strong emphasis on academic rigour and provide students with comprehensive discipline specific and methodological training.

We want our students to reach their maximum potential and to achieve this we offer an extensive suite of workshops and programs that will complement their research work.

Intellectual Leaders Seminar Series

Our Intellectual Leaders Seminar Series exposes students to authorities from a wide range of disciplines, ranging from history, neuroscience, cultural anthropology, and business. This unique seminar series is designed to broaden students’ horizons and stimulate intellectual curiosity. Highly renowned speakers share their research as well as their experiences and tips for achieving success in academia.

Department Research Seminar Series

Each department within the Faculty of Business and Law organises a research seminar series, which allows students to stay on top of the most recent developments in their field. Find out more about department seminars:

Consultant Development Program

The PhD Consultant Development Program is designed to help students apply their research skills to solve real world problems. Participating students receive a brief outlining a problem faced by an organisation, and have a few weeks to come up with a suggested solution and pitch it to senior management within the firm. Students receive training in the skills necessary to engage and consult with industry leaders throughout the process. The program is designed to help students develop skills which will assist them in engaging with industry and pursuing careers outside of academia.

International Study Opportunities

Development economics at Yale

Students working in development economics have the opportunity to apply to visit Yale University for a period of 9 to 12 months, where they will be part of Professor Mobarak’s working group of PhD students. They will also have the opportunity to attend seminars and classes at Yale. To apply, PhD students must have excelled in the first year of our program, and must be working on a topic in development economics. This opportunity is offered on a competitive basis and participation is subject to visa requirements. Successful applicants will receive additional funding which will offset a portion of the costs associated with traveling to and living in the USA.

Behavioural finance at Miami

Students working in behavioural finance have the opportunity to apply to visit University of Miami for a period of 3 to 6 months, where they will have the opportunity to undertake additional research training and work in one of the most active departments specializing in behavioural finance. This opportunity is offered on a competitive basis and participation is subject to visa requirements. Successful applicants will receive additional funding which will offset a portion of the costs associated with traveling to and living in the USA.

Job Market Support

Students in the final year interested in the academic job market receive personalized support to help them maximize their job market package. Candidates take part in job readiness workshops and receive 1:1 coaching from an internationally acclaimed PhD consultant and coach.

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