The Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP) prepares international students who do not meet Swinburne’s English language and/or academic entry requirements to undertake postgraduate study at Swinburne Sydney.
By combining English language training and academic studies, students are equipped with the skills they need to succeed in postgraduate study.
February 2023 | June 2023 | September 2023
Study feesSee ‘Course fees & requirements’ below
Course information in detail
- Course detail, course structure and units of study.
To complete the Postgraduate Qualifying Program students must complete units comprising of:
4 core non-award units
Upon completion of the Postgraduate Qualifying Program, students’ English competency will be deemed equivalent of IELTS 6.5 to proceed to their Masters destination program.
Academic Progress – Special Requirements
In addition to the standard academic progress rules, this course has the following additional academic progress rules which are established in accordance with Academic Courses Regulation 62 (2):
- A student is classified as 'at risk' of unsatisfactory progress if they:
- (a) fail any unit of study
- A student is classified as 'unsatisfactory progress' if they:
- (a) Fail a further unit of study in their next PQP Block after being declared 'at risk' status
Students who are identified as having unsatisfactory progress will be subject to the show cause provisions in the Progress Review section of the Academic Progress Policy.
Units of study
Students must complete all 4 non-award units:
- COM10010 Academic Practices and Communication Skills
- LAL10003 Applied Academic Literacies
- MFP30001 Critical Thinking for Further Study
- MFP30002 Research Techniques for Further Study
Careers and graduate outcomes
- Course aims and objectives
Aims and objectives
The purpose of the Postgraduate Qualifying Program is to provide an entry pathway to international students who have completed a non-NOOSR (National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition) accredited degree. This program builds on students' prior study to prepare them for entry into a Swinburne postgraduate coursework program.
This program is not available to domestic students.
Course fees & requirements
- Fees, entry requirements and English language requirements
A$14,400 (total for 2023)*
Students holding an international student visa are required to study full-time and on site. Programs that are taught solely online are not available to onshore international students who hold an international student visa.
*Fees displayed are relevant to 2023 and are subject to annual review. Fees are based on a student’s study load in each semester
Fees are estimates for students commencing in 2023 only: Tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply for units studied in 2023 only and may change for units studied in future years.
Satisfactory completion of a 3-year post-secondary qualification (after Australian equivalent Year 12 completion).
English language requirements
- IELTS (Academic Module): Overall 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5
- Swinburne English Language Centre: EAP 5 Advanced level with overall 65% and all skills 60% or above
- TOEFL iBT: minimum score 75 (no band less than 17)
- English Language School in Sydney (ELSIS): EAP2 with a minimum A grade
- English Language School in Sydney (ELSIS): APP3 (10 weeks) A grade
- Or equivalent measures. Find out more about English Language requirements.