Benefits of doing a Professional Degree at Swinburne

Set yourself apart with a Professional Degree that provides you a full year of work experience before you graduate. A Professional Degree will allow you to:

  • put your knowledge into practice in the workplace
  • explore the avenues your career could take
  • get paid while you’re still at uni 
  • add 12-months full-time relevant work experience to your résumé
  • build your professional network
  • test your work capabilities
  • receive valuable mentoring and unique industry insights before you graduate
  • maintain your student benefits.

Our Professional Degrees feature a mandatory 12-month placement, which is normally undertaken in your third year of study. You’ll be paid at award rates, receive academic credit, and gain real industry experience that will help you be job-ready when you graduate.

Professional Degree entry requirements 

Our Professional Degrees are open to students who have completed the VCE or equivalent Australian Year 12 program and have the relevant ATAR entry score. Professional Degrees require a higher ATAR for entry than their corresponding bachelor degrees. Check the individual entry requirements for your preferred course. 

Are you an international student?

International students who successfully gain a placement will need to transfer to a corresponding Professional Degree. Upon transferring to this degree, you must complete a 12-month placement and pay an extra one year’s tuition fee on top of your standard course fees. 

It’s important to seek reputable advice regarding the visa extensions. Contact us for more information. 

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How long will a Professional Degree take?

A Professional Degree will normally take four years to complete, including the 12-month work placement. The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Professional) will take five years to complete, including the 12-month work placement. 

Your course duration may be longer, depending on your chosen major area of study and other study options. For more information, call the placements team on 1300 794 628 or access our FAQs.

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Your placement

You’ll need to complete a minimum of 150 credit points before you can commence your placement.

You’ll earn these by completing the units (subjects) that make up your Professional Degree. Once completed, you’ll get access to an online learning module, Career Start, to help you apply for a placement. 

After completing Career Start, you’ll gain access to a list of available placements related to your area of study. You can also seek out your own placement.

Securing a placement is a competitive process and relies on the quality of your résumé, cover letter, academic record, interview skills and sometimes a portfolio (all of which Career Start will help you with). Each industry will have a slightly different interview and screening process that may involve job interviews, group assessments and other tasks. 

Prepare for the world of work with your Professional Degree
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Get the advantage

Gain the advantage over other graduates by studying a Professional Degree at Swinburne. Graduate with the skills and industry experience that employers are looking for and put yourself on the path to a successful career. 

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