Swinburne University of Technology is a dual-sector institution, defined and inspired by technology and innovation, and renowned for our strong industry and community engagement.
With a vision to bring people and technology together to build a better world, our people are driven by a shared purpose: to create tomorrow’s technology and the human capital and talent required for a digital, tech-rich future.
We are building Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of technology, of innovation and of entrepreneurship. Our researchers are collaborating with industry, communities and government to co-create the technology solutions our world needs.
Swinburne is consistently ranked in the top three per cent of universities globally with an esteemed reputation for world-leading research in astronomy, physics, engineering, materials science, computer science and information technology, design and innovation, health sciences, neurosciences and mental health.
Swinburne has three campuses in Melbourne offering tertiary education for higher education and Vocational Education and Training (VET) students. Our campus in Parramatta, Sydney also offers a suite of sought-after Swinburne courses. Our international campus in Sarawak, Malaysia, and new locations in Vietnam and China connect Swinburne to some of the fastest-growing regions in the world.
Conditions for PhD enrolment
Applicants must have completed at least four years (or equivalent) of tertiary education studies in a relevant discipline at a high level of achievement, and must have been approved for the award of the degree(s) for which they studied.
A high level of achievement is defined as the equivalent of a four year Swinburne Honours degree that includes a significant research component in the fourth year, leading to an Honours degree class 1 (average grade between 80-100) or class 2A (average grade between 70-79) level.
Four years of tertiary studies can be demonstrated by the completion of any of the combinations of qualifications below, at the required standard of achievement:
• a bachelor degree (three or four years) and a Masters by Research or
• a bachelor degree (three or four years) and an Honours year or
• a bachelor degree (three or four years) and a Masters by Coursework or
• a bachelor degree (three or four years) and a postgraduate diploma in Psychology or
• a bachelor degree (four years) in an approved discipline.
International applicants must also provide evidence of one of the following English language requirements:
• minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0 or a TOEFL iBT (internet-based) minimum score of 79 (with a reading band no less than 18 and writing band no less than 20); or Pearson (PTE) 58 (no communicative skills less than 50) no longer than 24 months before submitting your application
• satisfactory completion of Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced level certificate at the postgraduate level (EAP 5: PG-70%)
• successful completion of a total of 24 months (full time equivalent) of formal study where the language of instruction and assessment was English at AQF level 7 or above (or equivalent) at an approved university no longer than 60 months before submitting your application
• successful completion of a degree where the language of instruction and assessment was English at AQF level 8 or above (or equivalent) at an approved university no more than 60 months prior to submitting their application for candidature