Pathways to further study

Pathways provide an entry option into postgraduate courses based on your individual situation.

Most of our coursework programs have a ‘nested’ qualification structure, providing flexible entry and exit points. You might like to start modestly and build on each qualification as you go. Start with a graduate certificate, move to a graduate diploma and then on to a master degree.

If you have to withdraw from your course early, you could still exit with a formal qualification that recognises your work done to date.

And we may be able to recognise prior skills, experience and study, so that you can gain credit towards your course.

Honours to postgraduate study

Many degrees at Swinburne offer an additional specialised honours (fourth) year. An honours year allows you to take your undergraduate studies to a more advanced level. It involves a substantial original piece of research, presented as a thesis, and is a point of entry into postgraduate research studies.

Degrees with honours

Some degrees in selected study areas, such as design and engineering, have an honours year built into the course. This means that you graduate with the advanced research skills and knowledge needed to progress to postgraduate research studies.

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have on-the-job experience, informal or employer-based training, you may be eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL acts as credit towards a qualification to ensure you aren't training in skills you already have.

When you apply for RPL you may be required to submit a portfolio or undertake a formal assessment. However, there are circumstances where you can obtain credit towards a qualification without formal assessment.

Contact studentHQ to determine how your individual application and circumstances will be assessed.

Credit transfer

If you are switching university and would like credit for previous studies, you can apply for a credit transfer. If your application for credit is accepted, you will still be required to complete a minimum of your postgraduate course at Swinburne.

Credit transfer requirements

For a graduate certificate a minimum of two subjects (25 credit points) must be completed at Swinburne. If you’re studying a graduate diploma a minimum of four subjects (50 credit points) must be completed. For a master degree a minimum of eight subjects (100 credit points*) must be completed and a maximum of eight subjects (100 credit points) of credit will be allowed. *Some exceptions may apply.

Generally, you must obtain a minimum of a credit average in your final year of undergraduate study and pass all units of study.

Exemptions are not normally granted for subjects passed more than 10 years prior to the date of your admission.

Note: Not all postgraduate courses offer credit transfer and exemptions based on undergraduate studies. Where possible, exemptions granted will be matched against specific subjects to ensure that prior studies are not duplicated.

Higher degrees by research

Swinburne offers a range of research degrees where you will develop advanced investigative skills in your field.

English language courses

Our English language and study skills programs are for students who have had little formal education. They are also helpful for anyone from a non-English speaking background.

International students

Find out more about English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students.

Learn about Swinburne's Masters Qualifying Program – Business, a course designed for international students seeking to study a postgraduate degree in business who do not meet the English language and/or academic entry requirements.