Work placements

On-the-job experience before you graduate will give you the edge in today’s job market. Complete a professional work placement and graduate knowing what your future career really entails and whether it’s right for you.

Professional placements

Through our partnerships with leading companies, we offer you the opportunity to work in a professional placement directly related to your area of study. You are paid and receive academic credit towards your degree.

Incorporating a professional placement into your course is optional, and it gives you the chance to:

  • put theory into practice in authentic work situations
  • develop critical and creating thinking
  • widen your horizons and learn "how the world works"
  • explore your career options
  • network with colleagues and potential employers.

Professional placements have replaced the Industry-based Learning (IBL) program. They are available to all eligible students from 2017. Read testimonials from some of our placement students.

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Professional placements are full-time positions undertaken for either 6 or 12 months, depending on the roles available.

Undertaking a placement will extend the total duration of your degree.

Course credit

  • 25 credit points may be earned towards your degree, provided you have two spare electives
  • if sufficient electives are not available, eligible local students will still be allowed to enrol and complete a placement
  • enrolment in ‘Work Experience in Industry A’ and ‘Integrated Professional Placement A’ for a 6-month placement
  • further enrolment in ‘Work Experience in Industry B’ and ‘Integrated Professional Placement B’ for a 12-month placement
  • as students undertake a full-time study load while on a professional placement, overloading by enrolling into additional units of study is not permitted.


Local Students

Local students will be charged a tuition fee for the Professional Placement units (each unit is 25 credit points). This will vary depending on the study area and duration of the placement. A one-off placement fee of $1500 will also be charged to local students only.

International Students

International students who successfully gain a placement will need to transfer to a corresponding professional degree. Upon transferring to this degree International Students should expect to pay up to 1 years extra tuition fee on top of their standard course fees.


You will be paid as part of your professional placement. Pay is at industry award rates applicable to the sector in which you are undertaking the placement.


Students who undertake a professional placement will be covered by Swinburne’s Public Liability insurance.

Disability support

If you have a disability or ongoing health issue and are undertaking a placement or internship, Swinburne offers a range of of disability support services.


To be eligible for a professional placement, you must:

  • be a local or international undergraduate student enrolled in a standard three- or four-year degree program
  • have a weighted course average of 60.0% or higher
  • have completed a minimum of 150 credit points in your degree and have a minimum of 37.5 credit points remaining at the completion of the placement.

Selection is via a competitive process and may include an interview with the industry partner.

International students who successfully gain a placement will need to transfer to a corresponding professional degree and apply for a new visa that reflects the longer duration of their course. Note that there is no corresponding professional degree for any double degree. International students must complete a 12 month placement as part of the professional degree so will not be eligible to apply for any 6 month placement opportunities.

Note: Students studying through Swinburne Online (SOL) or Open Universities Australia (OUA) are not eligible for a professional placement.


  • Register your interest in the professional placements program. You don't need to register your interest if you are enrolled in a professional degree.
  • Your eligibility will be confirmed within 1–3 working days.
  • You will be added to Placement Ready, a compulsory Blackboard module that assists with CV and cover letter writing as well as interview skills.
  • When you have completed the Placement Ready module in Blackboard, you will be provided access to view and apply for available placement opportunities.
  • Securing a professional placement is a competitive process and will rely on the quality of your CV, cover letter, academic record, interview and folio (where applicable).