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 14 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
$274.4m total research income 2010–19
$47m 2019 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
Research degree key achievements (Oct 2018 – Oct 2019)
186 higher degree by research completions
928 accredited supervisors
$4.5m invested in SUPRA stipend scholarships
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 stars create space pollution, research confirms
Using new space imaging technology, researchers have confirmed that the creation of new stars drives a huge amount of material back into the universe, comprising over half the Periodic Table.
Swinburne scores world-leading tech for space manufacturing
A multimillion-dollar collaboration between Swinburne and additive manufacturing company Titomic, will enable the creation of lighter, stronger and more capable structures for space, including rocket nozzles and satellite components using ‘green’ titanium.
1 Total external research income for 2020 2 Higher degree by research completions (Oct 2019 – Oct 2020) 3Scopus indexed publications in 2020 4 16 discipline areas ranked 5 stars (well above world-standard), 2018 ERA report