Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne has been ranked as one of the top 400 universities in the world, as assessed by the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014. With qualifications ranging from Foundation Studies, certificates, diplomas and bachelor degrees to master degrees and PhDs, you can choose courses and pathways to suit your individual interests and career aspirations.

Swinburne is a progressive university that aims to increase Australia's capacity in science, technology and innovation. We are committed to quality teaching and learning outcomes, and our courses offer students the skills and knowledge that employers want.

For our students, this means providing access to high-quality teaching, exposure to high-impact global research, and taking benefit from active engagement with both industry and the community. The aim is for our students to graduate with valuable and sought-after skills, knowledge and experiences, so they are in demand by employers, and closer to starting a successful career.

To pursue this aim, curriculum is industry engaged and industry informed. We also employ only highly qualified and credentialed academic staff, with relevant knowledge and experience in the fields they teach. Their impact on students has been consistently recognised by The Good Universities Guide, with some of the highest ratings for teaching quality, graduate satisfaction and generic (employability) skills. Our teachers make themselves available to students, in class, around campus or online, and contribute to the hands-on learning approach that complements their studies.

Focused and selective, our research underpins and invigorates all our activities and ensures the university contributes to and influences the advancement of the fields in which it is engaged. Swinburne has particular research strengths in: business, design, engineering, information and communication technologies, life and health sciences, physical and chemical sciences, and social sciences.

Swinburne has campuses in the inner and eastern suburbs of Melbourne, one in the Melbourne CBD and one in Sarawak, Malaysia. Swinburne's main campus in Hawthorn is just eight kilometres from the centre of the city, just 10 minutes by direct train. It is set among the cafes, boutiques and bookshops of a vibrant business, retail and residential area, with the convenience of supermarkets and the train station.

A truly international institution, Swinburne has developed partner relationships with more than 100 universities around the world, and has been teaching at its Sarawak campus in Malaysia for almost 15 years. We encourage our students to undertake an international learning experience as part of their course.


Swinburne's higher education courses encourage independent learning and provide a supportive framework for you to research, analyse and solve problems in your chosen field of study.

Areas of study:

  • arts and social sciences
  • aviation
  • business and management
  • design
  • engineering
  • film and television
  • games and animation
  • health sciences and community care
  • information and communication technologies
  • media and communications
  • psychology
  • science.

Swinburne invests in major refurbishments and new infrastructure for teaching and research. Cutting-edge new buildings include the $140 million Advanced Technologies Centre and the $100 million Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre at the main campus.

We offer a supportive, secure and peaceful campus environment. Our students enjoy state-of-the-art multimedia lecture theatres, well-stocked libraries, up-to-date computer labs and wi-fi connectivity, as well as on-campus accommodation at Hawthorn - so our students get the most out of their studies.

Swinburne offers a range of services and programs that extend beyond what you learn in the classroom to enhance your qualification and prepare you for your career, including:

  • Swinburne Emerging Leader Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Academic Personal Best
  • Community Engaged Learning
  • Careers and Employment Services.

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Student Profiles

Wan Kimm, Malaysia

Bachelor of Design (Communication Design)

"The communication design course is fantastic. The lecturers are insightful and allow you to explore your creativity while also guiding you accordingly. I chose Swinburne primarily because of recommendations from several acquaintances. It has been wonderful studying at Swinburne's Prahran campus. The library and cafe on campus make it a good place to study and hang out with your classmates when you're working on assignments together. The staff and students are very welcoming and enthusiastic about international students, and there is a good support network. I haven't found it too difficult to adapt to life in Australia, make new friends and explore the sights. You just have to take the initiative to get to know this strange and breathtaking new environment you're in. Make sure you participate in clubs you're interested in and immerse yourself in Australian culture. It's eye-opening, and you'll walk away a wiser, happier and well-rounded student for it."

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