Reasons to choose Swinburne
Swinburne’s aim is to get you closer to starting a successful career. We concentrate on an education that prepares you for work, to excel and grow.
It’s an education closely aligned with employers’ needs that gets you up-close-and-personal with the skills and concepts they demand. We make sure you get taught by highly credentialed and experienced staff who have walked-the-walk – so you can too.
Investing in the student experience
Swinburne is continually improving its infrastructure for the education and wellbeing of our students. Our undergraduate students are using multimillion-dollar equipment along with our researchers, whether it is experience in a flight simulator, using a mass spectrometer or the only Physical Containment Laboratory in an Australian university.
You’ll use the latest equipment because that’s what’s used in workplaces today. We’re also big investors in support facilities to make your studies and student experience better, easier and more accessible.
Highly-rated and world-ranked
Swinburne has been rated one of the world’s top 400 research-intensive universities by the Academic Ranking of World Universities – that’s the top three in Melbourne. Our focused research is on show and real, with world-leading astronomers making discoveries across the universe, great advances in solar, advanced manufacturing, and sustainable technologies among the research that is changing our world, improving lives and creating jobs and wealth.
We also rate highly for students in the Good Universities Guide, with four- and five-star ratings in the educational experience category, including for teaching quality and generic (employability) skills.
Industry-engaged, industry-informed teaching
Our close ties with industry are about providing you with opportunities for invaluable business and workplace experiences during your studies. Industry representatives inform, shape and challenge our curriculum, but more importantly, industry provides guest presenters, final-year cross-discipline team projects matched to actual business needs, or six-month or year-long paid work placement in our Industry-based Learning program.
All these experiences aim to provide you with a greater chance of employment – even before you graduate.
Course flexibility and choice
Swinburne’s flexible degree structure allows you to choose from a wide range of subjects across different fields and faculties. This means that during your course you can follow or find out what interests you, and then combine major and minor studies to graduate with the breadth and depth of knowledge you want and need to start the career you want.
There’s also choice in how you study. Options include on-campus, online, distance education, and full- or part-time study. Summer and Winter terms could also allow you to spread out your studies to fit around work and other commitments, or to finish your course sooner.
Providing education opportunity and access
Swinburne also has options for students to commence study and continue to higher education. UniLink provides an academic pathway alternative to first-year uni for students who just miss direct entry but want to go on to a degree. A two-year associate degree is a more practical general course that prepares you for work, but also for further study, while vocational training at TAFE offers credits that can accelerate you into later stages of a degree course.
Get an international experience on your CV
The internationalisation of the curriculum at Swinburne helps prepare graduates for an increasingly globalised and mobile workforce. In partnership with more than 90 educational institutions around the world, Swinburne also offers assistance and opportunity to study internationally on exchange, study tours or study abroad programs.
The university’s Sarawak campus in Malaysia even provides the benefits of cross-cultural learning without leaving Swinburne. You can also benefit from being in a truly international peer group, with the diversity of cultural input and experiences of the many international students, from more than 100 countries, who are studying at Swinburne.