Flexible Course Structure
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. International students must study full-time.
Most three-year degrees at Swinburne comprise 24 units of study. You undertake the majority of these units in your primary area of study, which becomes your major.
Your major allows you to broaden your knowledge in a particular area. The number of subjects in a major may vary between courses.
A minor is a set of subjects (shorter than a major) studied throughout a degree. The number of subjects in a minor may vary between courses.
Studying a minor will allow you to expand your career options by adding another area of expertise.
The remaining units that make up your degree are called elective units, which you can use to explore related or non-related areas of interest.
Depending on your course structure and timetable availability, you may be able to use these units to complete a double major, a major and a minor, or a major with two minors.
Please note that some four year degrees may not offer the same flexibility.
Study across Swinburne's diverse range of study areas:
- Arts and and Social Sciences
- Business, Commerce and Management
- Digital Media
- English Language and Study Skills
- Environment and Land Management
- Film and Television
- Health Sciences
- Information and Communication Technologies
- Media and Communications
- Performing and Creative Arts