Faculty of Business and Law

About us

Welcome to the Faculty of Business and Law. We consist of:

Our Mission is to advance innovation, entrepreneurship and social impact through our career-ready graduates and industry-engaged research. It's grounded in our history and accompanied by a deep commitment to delivery.

Industry engagement goes back to Swinburne’s origins in 1908 as a technical college, and our leadership in industry-based learning in the 1960’s. More than half a century later we are still breaking new ground in industry co-design and co-creation of programs that equip our graduates for the future world of work; for example, through our industry partnerships in the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship.

Social Impact goes back to our beginnings as a vehicle for equal opportunity. In 2005 we introduced Australia’s first dedicated postgraduate course in grant-making and social investment, and in 2008 we were founding members of the nationwide Centre for Social Impact. Today – as the social license to operate becomes more apparent than ever before – social impact pervades our teaching programs, including our core business and law units.

We were also pioneers in entrepreneurship education. In 1990 we created the world’s first Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and in 2000 we launched the world’s first dedicated postgraduate entrepreneurship school. Entrepreneurship and innovation infuse our teaching programs in business and law, which in turn articulate with the brand-new Innovation Precinct to provide and integrated pathway to business creation and commercialisation.

Our staff are great teachers and facilitators. The national Quality Indicators in Teaching and Learning (QILT) show that we deliver the top student experience in business and for universities in Victoria. Our staff are also great researchers. The Centre for Social Impact is a world leader in social enterprise and the measurement of social impact. The Centre for Transformative Innovation is a world leader in innovation economics and social network analysis.

We are big enough to make a difference, but small enough to make a community. Welcome to our community.