Submit an application

Once you have decided on a research topic and found an appropriate and willing supervisor, you must complete and submit the appropriate application form.

Application form for local applicants

From 6 July 2017 local applicants for Higher Degrees by Research use the online application form:

Application form for international applicants

International applicants for Higher Degrees by Research continue to use this PDF application form:

Please be sure to attach in full all relevant supporting documents. We may not be able to accept incomplete applications.


If you are applying for a scholarship, you will need to ask at least two referees to complete one of the following forms and return it to your referee can comment on your Academic history and performance, please provide them with the Academic Referee Report Form. If your referee is a non-academic referee, please request that they complete the Non-Academic Referee Report Form.

Where possible, it is preferable that the references are academic in nature but it is understood that this may not always be possible.

Applicants for the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology) and Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) programs are also required to submit references online. Please refer to the faculty supporting documentation for information on how to submit your references.

You will receive email notification from a Swinburne staff member when your application has been received.

Application review process

The review process usually takes up to eight weeks to complete. Swinburne will advise you of the outcome of your application.

We consider applications on a case-by-case basis. We ensure the university has the ability to provide supervision and resources to support your nominated project before approving your application.

The process may take longer if:

  • your application is incomplete
  • we require additional information from you
  • the review committees require additional time to assess your application.

Please contact us for assistance with your application.