Why choose Swinburne?

World-class research and researchers

Swinburne has been ranked among the top 500 research-intensive universities in the world according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

In 2014 Swinburne moved into the ARWU top 75 for physics research worldwide – one of only two Australian universities to achieve this. Swinburne hosts three physics research centres: the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, the Centre for Quantum and Optical Science and the Centre for Micro-Photonics. Researchers from the Centre for Micro-Photonics have recently developed a high-quality continuous graphene-oxide thin film that shows potential for ultrafast telecommunications.

In the Australian government's 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation, Swinburne was declared to have 23 areas of research that are either at or above world-standard. Swinburne improved on these results in ERA 2015.

In 2016, Swinburne was also ranked among the world’s top 100 universities under the age of 50 by the Times Higher Education rankings.

At Swinburne, you have access to world-class researchers who are available to take on supervisory roles.

Access to first-rate facilities and equipment

Swinburne is dedicated to providing the best possible facilities and equipment for our research students. We have invested more than $250 million in research over a four-year period.

Our students have access to state-of-the-art research facilities in our flagship research buildings, the Advanced Technologies Centre and the Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre.

Excellent training and support for research students

Swinburne has dedicated and well-established support networks to assist you with your research.

As a Swinburne research student you can attend our research training sessions on topics such as thesis writing, publishing and presenting. We also run a variety of seminars presented by experts from industry and universities around the world. A research student conference is held biennially.

Meet and collaborate with other research students at our social functions, or challenge your presenting and photography skills by entering one of our competitions.

Industry focus

Swinburne is committed to quality research with real-world applications. Our focus on industry-relevant research helps our research graduates take the next step in their careers.

We have partnered with Boeing to create an Australian-based manufacturing research centre, Pilkington to find innovative manufacturing solutions and Suntech to boost the efficiency of solar energy storage.