Demand for Swinburne courses soars in 2017

Wednesday 18 January 2017

students sit on the steps of ATC on a sunny day

Demand for Swinburne’s professional degrees continues to skyrocket, with more than 300 students choosing to study these courses.

In summary

  • Main round VTAC offers released for 2017
  • Swinburne had the second highest increase in main round offers for universities in Victoria
  • 15 per cent increase in students placing Swinburne as top preference

Swinburne University of Technology has seen a significant increase in demand for its courses, as shown in the 2017 VTAC university offers. 

Swinburne had the second highest increase in VTAC offers for universities in Victoria, with a five per cent jump in offers, against an average decline of six per cent across all Victorian universities. 

This a strong result given that in 2017 VTAC reduced the number of preferences each applicant could make from 12 to eight. 

“Swinburne is continuing to be a university of choice for students. This year we saw a 15 per cent increase in students placing Swinburne as their top preference,” Dr Andrew Smith, Vice-President (Students) says. 

“Much of this growth has been in our professional degree and double degree programs, which demonstrates that students value our industry-relevant courses.” 

Degrees with embedded industry experience 

Skyrocketing demand for Swinburne’s professional degrees saw more than 300 students offered a place in one of the professional courses, which include a 12-month paid work placement, normally undertaken during the third year of study. 

prof placement students stand with a camera

When compared to 2016, main round VTAC offers for professional degrees are 56 per cent ahead, with the business and engineering fields seeing the most growth. 

“Swinburne is committed to providing students with authentic workplace experiences, which will equip them with the skills they need upon graduation,” Dr Smith says. 

“The professional degrees complement our other Work Integrated Learning offerings, which include professional internships, industry-linked projects and industry study tours.” 

More scholarships, more opportunities

This year, Swinburne also made a record number of merit-based scholarship offers through VTAC.  Scholarships were offered to 225 eligible students, up from 109 the year before. 

This includes the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, which is available to eligible students who achieve an ATAR score of at least 95. 

So far in 2017, Swinburne has made 3601 offers through the VTAC for its undergraduate and vocational education courses. 

“Students who were not successful in securing their preferred offer, or who did not apply through VTAC in time, can still discuss their options with us as there are limited places still available for some courses,” Dr Smith says. 

Students interested in studying at Swinburne in 2017 can register for the upcoming Swinburne Study Expo, where they can speak to specialist staff and discover what they need to know about study.