Swinburne’s reputation as a leader in research and innovation is growing year-on-year. Our world-class researchers focus on projects that cross disciplines and make real-world differences.
Our combination of focused research, valuable industry collaborations and investment in cutting-edge technologies, has driven significant research achievements and attracted recognition from around the world. Our six dedicated research institutes and 15 research centres ensure we are at the forefront of discovery.
A growing list of important research findings, business partnerships and spin-off companies along with a steady increase in government grants and international rankings, puts Swinburne in an advantageous position for the future.
16 discipline areas ranked at a 5 (well above world standard)
20 discipline areas ranked at a 4 (above world standard)
20 specific fields of research ranked at a 3 (at or above world standard)
External research income
$66m 2022 total external research income
Our international footprint
Swinburne Sarawak Campus
INDIA Madras and Hyderabad
Joint Research Centre with Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM)
Joint Research Hub with Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IITH)
Arena 2036 Research Hub, University of Stuttgart
USA Silicon Valley, San Francisco
CSIRO-Swinburne Strategic Partnership
CHINA Weihai and Hong Kong
Joint Research Centre in Advanced Manufacturing with Shandong University Weihai, Weihai Economic and Technological Development Zone and the Australian Education Management Group
Hong Kong Productivity Council PhD Hub
Higher Degree by Research achievements (2022)
220 higher degree by research completions
More about our research achievements
Rankings and ratings
Our standing in prestigious world academic rankings reflects our commitment to high-quality teaching, research and graduate outcomes.
Swinburne's research findings have a far-reaching impact on science, industry and the broader community. The university's researchers have made discoveries that have dramatically changed the face of fields ranging from medicine to social services, astronomy and aeronautical safety.
Explore some of our most recent research outcomes below:
New report reveals shocking state of prisoner health. Here’s what needs to be done
A new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report on the health of people in Australian prisons makes for sobering reading. It reveals that compared to the general population, people in prison have higher rates of mental health conditions, chronic disease, communicable disease, and acquired brain injury. This is despite the fact the prison population is relatively young.
Australia just won the netball world cup. Why isn’t there room for multiple women’s world cups in our sports media?
With the Matlidas progressing to the quarter finals of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Australia’s sports media is focussed on this global mega event and the potential it has to change the women’s game.
Our researchers are dedicated to driving economic and social impact. We are searching for solutions at the intersection of technology and humanity, pushing the boundaries of what is possible and inventing the future.
1 Total external research income for 2022 2 Higher degree by research completions (Oct 2021 – Oct 2022) 3Scopus indexed publications in 2022 4 16 discipline areas ranked 5 stars (well above world-standard), 2018 ERA report