Deakin University's Ph.D via Research Info

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by TEKMAN, Mar 26, 2012.


    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    Just in case anyone is interesting in Australia Higher Education Institution, Deakin University’s Ph.D via research. The reason I am looking up this school because it is accredited by DETC (National Accreditation), and because I am using the Post 9/11 GI Bill; the rule that VA specifies distance learning from a foreign institution must be accredited by the US regional or national accreditation body. So far, I don’t see any distance learning program that is accredited/recognized by CHEA and DoE except Deakin University from DETC database. So, I wrote to Deakin University for more information. Here is goes….

    Dear Deakin University Administrator(s):

    My name is Henry Gorman, a United States citizen. I earned a Bachelor of Science from Troy University, Troy, Alabama; a Master of of Science in Telecommunications from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas (; and a Master of Professional in Technology Management from Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia ( I am a former United States Marine, and also the United States Army civilian contractor in Information Technology field. I have a question regarding to your distance learning program. In fact, I am interested in the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) research program in Telecommunications/Management. I could not find any information regarding to research at the distance learning. Would you please provide me further detail whether such as program is offered via distance learning for non-Australian students. If so, what are the requirements such as: tuition, residency, and etc.

    Any further information would be greatly appreciated. I can be contacted via personal contact information: ********

    “Dear Henry,

    Thank you for your interest in applying to study a higher degree by research program at Deakin University.
    Yes a PhD can be completed via distance learning if your principal supervisor is happy with this arrangement.
    Please provide your date of birth for our records.

    Application deadlines
    You can apply for candidature to a research program at any time of the year. Applications for international scholarships must reach Deakin International by September 30 to be considered for the following year.
    How to apply
    Candidates must submit an application via the online application system along with certified/notarised copies of your academic qualifications and English language proficiency.
    Two completed referee reports (117 KB) must also be forwarded to Deakin International by your referees.
    Applicants must supply/send:
    1. Application form
    2. Certified copies of all academic transcripts both undergraduate and postgraduate
    3. Two academic referees’ reports (forms attached)
    4. Curriculum Vitae (resume)
    5. A list of any relevant publications or research experience. Please ensure full bibliographic details are supplied, including author(s), the title of the work, the publisher, year of publication, place of publication, and length in pages. In the case of multiple writers the applicant must note the percentage of work that they contributed.
    6. A research proposal of approximately 300 words plus bibliography. The proposal should include:
    § a statement of the research project/problem/question;
    § the rationale for the proposed research and its significance;
    § a discussion of relevant theoretical perspectives;
    § the context in which the research will be conducted.
    Research scholarships
    If you are interested in a research scholarship, you simply need to tick the box on the application form and your application will be automatically included in the Scholarship round. You will find information on both the International Postgraduate Research Scholarships and the Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarships (DUPRS) at the University's website: Higher degrees by research, Deakin University
    The University offers a limited number of research scholarships for international students studying on campus. These are extremely competitive and are based on academic and research records. Applicants are judged on their track record in research - usually a research thesis such as undertaken in Honours and some post graduate coursework programs, or research papers published in refereed journals.

    *Please note scholarships are available for on-campus study only.
    Applications must be received no later than September 30 (mid year round is available for DUPRS closing late June).
    Research Entry Requirements
    Entry to a research degree at Deakin is based on a demonstrated capacity to undertake significant research in the proposed field.
    Research ability may be demonstrated in a variety of ways:
    • an Australian Honours degree or equivalent overseas qualification (an undergraduate degree plus an additional year of supervised research). To apply for a research masters degree, the minimum standard for the Honours year is 60%, and to apply for a PhD, the minimum standard for the Honours year is 70%.
    • research Masters’ degree with at least 2/3 of the degree comprising a thesis
    • coursework Masters' degrees or graduate diplomas which includes a research project or thesis of 10,000 to 20,000 words to 70%+ standard, and research methodology units
    • comparable qualifications from international universities including a research project or thesis of 10,000 to 20,000 words to 70%+ standard
    • relevant postgraduate research experience
    • independently refereed journal articles, publications, or conference papers
    • professional reporting or prior learning
    • research related awards or prizes
    • other evidence of research ability
    The applicant must provide demonstrated evidence of such achievements, which have been independently assessed. Applicants should include details on the nature of their research ability, such as the length and content of the program or research, with particular attention to the standard of any research component. If the evidence includes publications or reports with several authors, the applicant should describe the contribution they made to the paper. An interview may be requested to discuss this and other matters. The University will assess each case on its merits.
    Note; unfortunately it is not possible to comment on qualifications or publications without full documentation and transcripts, submitted as part of an application. Also, please note that any decision about the standard of research ability is made by the University, not by individual faculty members.
    English Language Requirements
    Applicants for research degrees in the Faculty of Business and Law and the Faculty of Arts and Education must have satisfied the respective faculty English language requirements prior to submission of their application. Please note that English as a medium of instruction in previous studies is deemed comparable to an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with each band score of at least 6.0. Therefore, applicants for admission to these two faculties must present the following scores:
    Faculty IELTS TOEFL
    Arts & Education IELTS (Academic) overall score of 7 with no band less than 7. TOEFL paper-based test (TOEFL PBT) 600 (Writing 5.0) or TOEFL internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) 100 (Writing 24) or better.
    Business and Law IELTS (Academic) overall score of 7 with no band less than 6.5. TOEFL paper-based test (TOEFL PBT) 600 (Writing 5.0) or TOEFL internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) 100 (Writing 24) or better.

    Deakin Research news stories
    To keep up-to-date with Research at Deakin, you may also like to download No Limits - Deakin University's Monthly Research Newsletter.

    I hope the information provided to you has been of assistance in your proposed application.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further queries.

    Kind regards
    Joseph Dwyer
    Deakin International Enquiry Manager
    Deakin International, 70 Elgar Road, Burwood Victoria Australia
    Postal: 221 Burwood Highway Burwood Victoria 3125 Australia
    Tel: +61 3 9627 4877
    Fax: +61 3 9244 5094
    Email: [email protected]
    Web: Deakin International
    Deakin University CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B “

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