Admissions at Swinburne
General admission requirements
Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements for a course may be selected for a course at Swinburne. However, meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.
Applicants may be offered a place once Swinburne has assessed:
- your formal academic qualifications and results
- whether you meet any course prerequisites
- your English language proficiency
- whether you meet any legal or administrative requirements (see below)
- the availability of student places and learning resources.
For some courses, an assessment of your personal capabilities and aptitude is also made.
Visit our Course Search to find out about the specific criteria for entry into individual courses.
Minimum age requirement
Students must be at least 17 years old at time of course commencement to be eligible for entry into any Higher Education course. Swinburne may consider exceptions in some circumstances and will take into account the student’s academic record and availability of appropriate support.
Access to internet
Online learning resources and materials are integral to teaching and learning activities and assessment tasks for Swinburne courses. All online students must have regular access to an internet-connected computer, which is capable of communicating with Swinburne’s online systems.
Informed Choices statements provide information about essential physical and behavioural abilities, skills or acuities needed to perform assessment tasks and professional placements in a field of study and progress to a career in that field. This information is intended to assist you to choose whether you can successfully participate in and complete a course.
Swinburne is an inclusive and welcoming environment for people living with a disability, medical condition, mental illness or primary carer responsibilities. Our AccessAbility advisers can provide information about services and reasonable adjustments that may be available to support you to achieve course requirements.
English language proficiency
All students at Swinburne are expected to be proficient in written and spoken English. Each Swinburne course has minimum English language requirements.
You can satisfy the English language entry requirements in a number of ways depending on your education and experience. These requirements must be met in addition to academic entry requirements.
Use Course Search to find the English language requirements for your chosen course or see English requirements in the table below.
Minimum English Language Requirements for Local Higher Education Students
For UniLink Diplomas
For undergraduate courses: associate degrees, bachelor degrees and honours (except education, law, information technology, honours in psychology and professional degree courses)
For undergraduate courses: education, information technology, law, honours in psychology and professional degrees
For Masters Qualifying Program
|For postgraduate courses: Graduate Certificates||
|For postgraduate courses: Graduate Diplomas and Masters||
* Only specified courses will accept STAT and Work experience as a basis of entry – check Course Search.
For local applicants with overseas qualifications, see the English entry requirements website for international students.
Use Course Search to find the English language requirements for your chosen course or see the English entry requirements website for international students.
If you are applying for undergraduate courses
For more specific information about admission to courses that is relevant to your educational background:
- I am an applicant with higher education study
- I am an applicant with vocational education and training
- I am an applicant with work and life experience
- I am an applicant with recent secondary education (within the past two years)
- I am an indigenous student
- I am a domestic student with overseas qualifications
- I am an international student
If you are applying for postgraduate courses
Swinburne offers a range of entry options into postgraduate courses. For more information, see our pathways to postgraduate study webpage.
The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new undergraduate students at Swinburne. It provides data on all students who commenced undergraduate study in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses, and international students studying in Australia.
Semester 1, 2019
Number of students
|Percentage of all students|
|(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
|(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study||1814||21%|
(C) Work and life experience
|(D) Recent secondary education:|
*The number of students is less than 5
^Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of number in cells with less than 5 students
Further information for students about admissions is available through the following resources:
- Tertiary Education Quality Standards Australia (TEQSA) national register
- Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)
- Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
To submit an application outcome appeal or to express grievances about the admission process, refer to the Swinburne Reviews and Appeals website.