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Because education should be accessible


  • Semester 1

    If your course has a Semester 1 intake and you'd like to start at the top of the year, you can. Applications are open all year round.

  • Midyear

    Want to start sooner, or in a smaller cohort? Many courses allow Midyear entry. Swinburne's 2024 Midyear intake begins on Monday 29 July.

  • More intakes

    Browse the list of Swinburne intakes and start dates across various courses and study levels. Be sure to check your course page for specific start dates. 

Are you an international student?

Want to find out about entering Swinburne as an international student? See our resources for international students.

Frequently asked questions

You may need to organise supporting documents before you apply, such as proof of name and citizenship, and certified and translated copies of previous academic results.

You'll be notified of the specific requirements for your application as you go through the process, and will be able to save your application and come back to it if you need time to gather the required documentation.

See more on supporting documents

Yes you can. And we've found that in most cases, transferring unis or courses is easier than people think. 

You can start the process by browsing our courses, coming along to an event, or booking an appointment to speak to a course and applications advisor at Swinburne. 

See more about transferring
Vocational Education and Training, or VET (also known as TAFE):

Pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, traineeships, trades, certificates and diplomas.

You might be looking at VET because you’re interested in studying a skills-based vocation like electronics, plumbing, or community services. Maybe you’d like to start small before progressing into further study, or perhaps the eligibility criteria caught your eye. In many cases, it is broader (for example, you can apply for some VET courses without an ATAR).


A UniLink diploma is called so because it serves as a ‘link’ course between you and undergraduate study. These courses are a great choice if you didn’t complete high school in Australia, or didn’t get the ATAR needed for your preferred bachelor degree.

Undergraduate (or UG):

Bachelor degrees, double degrees and associate degrees.

Many undergraduate degrees will take 3 years to complete and will result in a bachelor’s degree. Double degrees are for those who’d like to study a little longer and graduate with twice the qualifications. Associate degrees will take around 2 years, and can either send you off into the world of work or prepare you for further study.

Postgraduate (or PG):

Graduate certificates, master degrees, and doctoral degrees.

Postgraduate study is, in most cases, for those who have completed undergraduate study. In some cases, postgrad study can be undertaken by students with significant industry experience in lieu of undergraduate study.

Completed master and doctorate degrees will result in a ‘Master of’ and ‘PhD’ respectively. Or you could exit your master degree study early having completed sufficient units to achieve a graduate diploma.

Looking at VET (also known as TAFE)?

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are often skills-based, shorter than a full degree, and often have fewer entry requirements. They range from health and carpentry to engineering and education, and can be your road to re-skilling, bolstering your resume, or gaining your first qualification.

See more about VET

Find your course

Ready to discover what study looks like with Swinburne? Start by browsing courses.

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    Start midyear

    Semester 2 begins on Monday 29 July. Start here and find events, start dates, application help, and frequently asked questions.

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    Transferring to Swinburne

    Receive credit for units completed in other courses at other institutions. Check out our credit calculator to see how much credit you may be awarded.

  • Scholarships

    We offer a wide range of scholarships to help selected students from all walks of life reach their academic goals.