Why choose Swinburne?

At Swinburne, students are at the centre of everything we do.

Producing career-ready graduates informs what we teach and how we teach it. Our commitment to high-quality teaching, over our 100-year history, is what makes us educational leaders in science, technology, innovation, business and design.

We can help you to reach your study and career goals through a wide range of courses and pathways. You’ll receive individual attention and attend small, manageable classes. You’ll enjoy an exciting and dynamic experience, whether studying at our modern campuses, in the workplace or online.

Our impressive network of industry links inform our programs and provide you with valuable work experience opportunities. In fact, our Industry-Based Learning Program has just celebrated its 50th anniversary.

We are a progressive university with a focus on innovative research that has real impact and is recognised internationally.

All of these things mean you develop the necessary skills and knowledge to contribute to the modern, global economy.

Top-ranked research with impact

Swinburne produces outstanding internationally recognised research.  

We are ranked among the world’s top 400 research-intensive universities by the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2014. The ARWU also ranked us in the top 75 in the field of physics. These rankings prove the success of our focus on and investment in targeted research and research infrastructure.

Join other students and researchers in using multimillion-dollar flight simulators, mass spectrometers and the only physical containment laboratory in an Australian university. Contribute to advancements in solar sciences, advanced manufacturing and sustainable technologies.

Our focused research creates jobs, improves lives, connects science and technology with business and the community, and elicits real change in the world.

Cutting-edge facilities that enhance learning

Swinburne has made significant investments in major refurbishments and new infrastructure at all of our campuses.

New buildings include a $100 million Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre and an Advanced Technologies Centre, which includes a state-of-the-art Smart Structures Laboratory for research into structural engineering – the only one of its kind in Australia.

Industry-engaged teaching

Swinburne’s aim is to get you career ready.

The Good Universities Guide 2014 awarded us five stars for graduate satisfaction and four stars for teaching quality and staff qualifications.

Learn from experienced teachers who remain connected to their industries. Make contacts, receive valuable career advice and become immediately competitive in the global job market.

Our courses are well recognised by professional organisations. We have close ties with industry and provide invaluable workplace experience. Industry representatives shape our curriculum, providing guest presenters, team projects and six- to 12-month paid placements in our Industry-Based Learning program.

All of these experiences empower you with a greater chance of employment – even before you graduate.

Opportunities for overseas study

Broaden your horizons and immerse yourself in another culture for one or two semesters, through an overseas exchange program. Or internationalise your course through one of our short-term study abroad programs.

We have exchange arrangements with more than 100 international partner institutions in more than 20 countries. The university’s campus in Sarawak, Malaysia even provides the benefits of cross-cultural learning without leaving Swinburne.

Your international study experience is usually credited towards your course. There are a wide range of scholarships and travel grants available, too.

Accessible and flexible study options

At Swinburne, there’s a course and a pathway for everyone. Choose from a wide range of study options to get to where you want to go.

Build your technical expertise with a vocational education (formerly TAFE) course, and receive credits to accelerate your entry into a degree course. Or prepare rapidly for the workforce with a two-year associate degree. Tailor an undergraduate degree to suit your interests. Or take that next step in your career with a postgraduate coursework program.

There are even UniLink pathways for students who just miss first-year direct entry in their chosen degree.

Choose how and when you study. Depending on your course, there’s on-campus, online, distance education, block release, Summer and Winter terms and full- or part-time study. Complete your course quickly, or spread out your studies to fit around work and other commitments.

To make studying accessible, we offer Commonwealth supported places, government HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP student loans, and scholarships for commencing and current students.