Deakin University

Rankings and Awards 

Ranked third in Australia for graduate employability by the prestigious Times Higher Education index

Ranked Victoria's #1 University under 50 years old by Times Higher Education (2016 and 2017) and QS (2016)

Top 2% in global rankings (according to the three major international university rankings: ARWU, QS and Times Higher Education)

Leader in graduate satisfaction in Victoria for the sixth consecutive year (in the Australian Graduate Survey (2010–15))

89% of Deakin’s research is rated at or above world class (Excellence in Research for Australia 2015)

Education and training provider of the year (in the 2014 and 2015 Governor of Victoria Export Awards)

Deakin is ranked third in Australia for graduate employability.

All of our courses are taught with post-study employment in mind, and our campuses are suffused with technology to make cutting-edge learning and teaching easy and natural. Deakin produces graduates who thrive on the digital technology of modern workplaces.

Deakin also embeds eight 'graduate learning outcomes' in all of our courses. These ensure our graduates have mastered essential 21st-century workplace skills: digital literacy, communication skills, critical thinking, problem solving, discipline knowledge, self-management, teamwork and global citizenship. 



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 ranks 39 in the QS ranking of the world's top universities under 50 years.


Deakin was awarded a 5-star rating by the prestigious university ranking organisation Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The rating indicates Deakin is world-class in a broad range of areas, has cutting-edge facilities and is internationally renowned for its research and teaching.


Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2015 is a comprehensive quality evaluation of all research produced in Australian universities. Of the research we conduct at Deakin, 89% was rated at or above world standard.

Our course rankings of 5 (well above world standards)

Our courses are ranked five out of five in the ERA, for:

macromolecular and materials chemistry

environmental science and management


materials engineering

human movement and sports science

medical microbiology


nutrition and dietetics

pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences

medical physiology.

Our course rankings of 4 (above world standards)

Our courses are ranked four out of five in the ERA, for:

engineering and medical and health sciences clusters

analytical chemistry

fisheries sciences

manufacturing engineering

paediatrics and reproductive medicine



commercial services

curatorial studies. 


Deakin University has five campuses (including our online Cloud Campus), four research institutes and 13 strategic research centres, four corporate centres, courses on offer at three regional learning centres, and an additional six regional study spaces. Make the most of what we can offer you and explore our locations in more detail.


Why study at Deakin?

With Deakin, you get it all: innovative teaching, award-winning courses and world-class facilities. Our flexible study options, opportunities to study abroad and work placement programs mean you don't just study a course at Deakin – you get a great experience while getting ahead in your career.


Ranked third for graduate employability

Ranked #3 in Australia for graduate employability, Deakin University’s course curriculum integrates real-world expertise with practical skills to give our students a competitive edge.

*2016 Times Higher Education graduate employability ranking 

Get a fresh perspective. Study abroad.

If you want to learn a different language, travel the world or understand more about different cultures, studying abroad could be for you.

We offer lots of short and long-term programs, from volunteering projects and international study tours to internships and exchange programs.

Get out of your comfort zone, you never know what it could lead to – from new friends to an international career.

Courses informed by industry leaders

Our curriculum is informed by the best in industry, ensuring our courses stay relevant.

With such a broad network of industry partners at your disposal, you'll graduate with the knowledge and confidence to successfully enter the workforce and navigate the jobs of the future.

Workplace learning to get ahead in your career

Get real-world work experience when you study at Deakin.

Our breadth of industry contacts means you can get started on one of our workplace internships, paid placements or work-integrated learning programs.

Get involved to pick up the skills you need, gain industry knowledge and develop your professional networks.

Flexible study options to suit you

We know life can be complicated and you might be juggling all sorts of commitments.

We offer flexible study options to suit your lifestyle: choose to study full or part time, take some units online, or study wholly online at Deakin's Cloud Campus.

Find out more about their flexible study options

Innovative technology

Deakin prides itself on being on the forefront of the digital frontier.

That's why we've partnered with IBM to use their Watson supercomputer to help answer student enquiries, 

Integrated technology

We've invested in the latest technology and state-of-the-art learning tools to ensure your time at Deakin is as seamless as possible. In 2015, 89.9% of our undergraduate students rated our IT resources as either good or excellent, the highest score in Australia.*

Your Deakin Card is your key to the university. Use it for campus access, food purchases, printing and copying, borrowing books, paying for course materials and fees – anything that requires ID or payment.


Learn more about Deakin Card

DeakinSync is your personal study dashboard. Manage everything from your enrolment and course material to email, calendar and career plan. It assembles everything you need to succeed in the one place.

Campus Compass is a smartphone way finding app. Just type in the room or building you need to get to, and the app will direct you there. 

* 2015 Department of Education Student Experience Survey

Elite athlete friendly university

As one of Australia's leading sports universities, Deakin is a proud member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) network.

Succeeding as an athlete doesn't mean sacrificing your studies. Our highly-regarded EAFU program helps elite athletes manage their academic aspirations against the demands of training and competition.

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