Swinburne University of Technology - TAFE

Students come first at Swinburne. We equip our students with the knowledge and capabilities they need to establish successful careers through high-quality teaching and industry-engaged learning.

Offering vocational certificate and diploma courses as well as bachelor degrees, Swinburne makes it easy to move between different course levels. 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.

With a reputation for quality education and focused research, we 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.

Swinburne is a research-intensive university, ranked in the top 10 in Australia and top three in Melbourne by the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014. Our researchers have earned a reputation for high-impact research, partnerships and commercialisation in concentrated areas of expertise.

Swinburne has campuses in the inner and eastern suburbs of Melbourne, one in the Melbourne CBD and one in Sarawak, Malaysia.

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TAFE diplomas and certificates focus on learning for work and help you to build the skills and technical expertise that make you employable. They offer independent learning with an emphasis on workplace and practical skills.

Areas of study include:

  • business and management
  • community care
  • design
  • digital media
  • engineering
  • film and television
  • information and communication technologies
  • science.

Foundation Studies and UniLink diplomas

Foundation Studies and UniLink diplomas are specifically designed to prepare you for direct entry to a bachelor degree at Swinburne. You'll enjoy smaller classes, more contact hours and one-on-one time with your teachers, giving you every opportunity to succeed in your university studies.

Foundation Studies courses are offered in arts/social sciences, business, design and science/engineering and prepare you for direct entry into the first year of a bachelor degree.

UniLink diplomas provide a pathway to the second year of a range of business, design, engineering and information technology degrees offered at Swinburne.

Swinburne continues to channel significant investment into major refurbishments and new infrastructure at all of our campuses. The development of new buildings, renovation of existing buildings and landscaping have enhanced the study environment and education experience we offer our students. Cutting-edge new buildings include the $140 million Advanced Technologies Centre and the $100 million Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre at Swinburne's Hawthorn campus.

We offer supportive, secure and peaceful environments with state-of-the-art multimedia lecture theatres, many brand-new buildings, 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.

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Student Profiles

Samantha, Australia

Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing)

"I have enjoyed every moment of my course. The teaching staff are friendly and accessible outside the classroom. This course has given me the confidence to achieve my goal of becoming a midwife."

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