Required standards and experience

You must reach the required standards of achievement and research experience for entry into one of Swinburne's PhD programs. 

The required standard of achievement is based on your research experience to date.

  Qualification / Equivalent research experience Required standard of achievement
(1) Masters degree (research) at AQF level 9 of which at least two thirds is devoted to research, research training and independent study as required by the AQF. Pass.

A Masters degree (research) will automatically be deemed as being equivalent to an H1 grade unless a specific grade is stated on the transcript.

In such cases, to be deemed H1 equivalent, the overall average result must be equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 80%. To be deemed H2A equivalent, the overall average result must be equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 70%.
(2) Masters degree (course work) at AQF level 9 which includes a research component equivalent to at least 50 credit points in the Swinburne program structure.

An average overall grade for the course equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 70%; and a grade equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 70% for the research component.

To be deemed H1 equivalent, the research component of a course work degree must achieve a grade equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 80% and the overall average result for the coursework component must be equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 80%.

To be deemed H2A equivalent, the research component of a course work degree must achieve a grade equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 70% and the overall average result for the coursework component must be equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 70%.

(3) Honours degree at AQF level 8 (either an Honours year following a Bachelor degree; or an Honours year embedded in a Bachelor degree).

An average overall grade for the course equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 70%; and a grade equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 70% for the research component.

To be deemed H1 equivalent, the research component of an Honours degree must achieve a grade equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 80% and the overall average result for any coursework component must be equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 80%.

To be deemed H2A equivalent, the research component of an Honours degree must achieve a grade equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 70% and the overall average result for any coursework component must be equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 70%.

(4) Four year Bachelor degree at AQF level 7 in one of the following fields:
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Mathematics

An average overall grade equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 70% in the final year units of study.

To be deemed H1 equivalent, the overall average result must be equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 80% in the final year units of study.

To be deemed H2A equivalent, the overall average result must be equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 70% in the final year units of study.

(5) Three year Bachelor degree at AQF level 7 An average overall grade equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 70% in the final year units of study.
(6) Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology at AQF level 8 which includes a research component equivalent to at least 50 credit points in the Swinburne program structure.

An average overall grade for the course equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 70%; and a grade equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 70% for the research component.

To be deemed H1 equivalent, the research component of a postgraduate diploma in Psychology must achieve a grade equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 80% and the overall average result for the coursework component must be equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 80%.

To be deemed H2A equivalent, the research component of a postgraduate diploma in Psychology must achieve a grade equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 70% and the overall average result for the coursework component must be equivalent to a Swinburne grade of at least 70%.

(7) Prior learning equivalent to a tertiary qualification at AQF level 8 or higher, and research experience with outputs which is sufficient to prepare the applicant for doctoral research candidature.

Disciplinary knowledge and skills must meet at least AQF level 8 criteria.

Sufficiency of research experience and standard of research outputs to be determined with reference to evidence. Such evidence may include:

  • Peer-reviewed publications; or
  • Research-related awards and/or prizes; or
  • Professional reports that demonstrate ability to develop and maintain a coherent, sustained and well-articulated argument.