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.
Successful completion of the program offers guaranteed entry into the Master of Information Technology at Swinburne Sydney.
By combining English language training and academic studies, students are equipped with the skills they need to succeed in postgraduate study.
If you’re an international student living outside Australia, you can currently only study this course online from your home country. Before applying, please make sure you meet the minimum English language entry requirements (we now accept some take-home English tests).
February 2021, June 2021, September 2021
Study feesSee ‘Course fees & requirements’ below
Course information in detail
- Course detail, course structure and units of study.
The Postgraduate Qualifying Program is available to international students only, and can be used as an optional entrance to the Master of Information Technology at Swinburne Sydney.
To complete the Postgraduate Qualifying Program students must complete units comprising of:
4 core non-award units
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$13,960 (4 units – total course fee for 2020)
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.
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.