English language entry requirements

Each Swinburne Sydney course has a minimum English language entry requirement. 

Postgraduate courses

IELTS (Academic module) Overall 6.5. No individual band below 6.0
PTE Academic 58 (no communicative skill less than 50)
TOEFL iBT 79 (no less than 13 in reading, 12 in listening, 18 in speaking, 21 in writing)
C1 Advanced* 176, no band less than 169
ELSIS English Language Schools EAP2 Program with a minimum A grade

 * formerly Cambridge English: Advanced [CAE].

Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP)

IELTS (Academic module)

Overall 6.0. No individual band below 5.5

PTE Academic

50 (no communicative skill less than 45)


60 (no less than 10 in reading, 9 in listening, 16 in speaking, 19 in writing)

C1 Advanced* 169, no band less than 162

 * formerly Cambridge English: Advanced [CAE].

Alternative English language entry

You may not require a standard English test score to apply for a Swinburne course if you:

  • had English as the language of instruction during previous education
  • have studied English in Australia or another country

Applicants who studied secondary and/or tertiary studies at an institution where English is the only or main language of instruction and assessment may qualify to meet the English language requirements for study at Swinburne:

  • Students must have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of two years of full-time study (four standard full-time semesters), not more than two years prior to commencing studies at Swinburne.
  • Documentary evidence in the form of a letter or transcript is required from the institution at which the study was undertaken. Each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
See entry requirements for international students for more details on gaining entry to a Swinburne course.