Swinburne University of Technology

Study on your own terms with this forward-thinking university

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology leads the way when it comes to innovation, science and technology. Naturally, the university also delivers a top-class online study experience.

Find courses across business, communications, technology and science that you can customise to suit your schedule. All bachelor degrees include an industry placement or project so that you can build real-world skills—even when studying from a distance. 

We’re here to help you navigate the Swinburne Online enrolment process, from start to finish.  


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Swinburne University ranking

How does Swinburne University of Technology score on academic excellence, student/staff ratios and graduate employability?


in Australia on the QS World University Rankings 2024


in Australia on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024

Meet a student

After realising on-campus study wasn't for her, Amelia enrolled in her Swinburne Bachelor of Business through us.

With the freedom to work and study at the same time, she quickly landed her dream job as a business development manager at Dogue.

Read Amelia's story

Swinburne University FAQs

Where is Swinburne University?

Swinburne University's main campus can be found in Hawthorn, an inner-eastern suburb of Melbourne. The university also has two smaller Melbourne campuses in Wantirna and Croydon, and an international campus in Sarawak, Malaysia. 

Swinburne Online courses are available to students based anywhere in Australia.

When was Swinburne University established?

Swinburne University was established in 1908 by George and Ethel Swinburne, who wanted to create a technical college for Melburnians without access to further education. The institution officially gained university status in 1992, becoming the Swinburne University of Technology.  

Throughout its history, Swinburne has focused on making industry-led education available to everyone. In 2011, the university reached its greatest milestone yet with the launch of Swinburne Online, which allows students from all over Australia to study the same qualifications as on-campus students. 

What is Swinburne University known for?

Swinburne University is a leader in the fields of science, technology, business and design. The university ranks among the top 150 in the world for computer science, and the top 250 for business, economics and psychology. 

In fact, Swinburne’s Business School is AACSB accredited, which is the most specialised accreditation that a business institution can earn. Its online MBA is ranked as a Tier-1 MBA by CEO Magazine, meaning it has the highest reputation for academic quality.  

Swinburne is also renowned for providing students with real industry experience. Courses are co-created with industry partners, to ensure that what you learn is directly applicable to the workplace. 

All bachelor degree students (including online students) have access to a unique Work Integrated Learning program, which allows you to take part in paid work placements, internships or industry-linked projects while you study. Many students walk into jobs as soon as they graduate thanks to the connections they gain through this program. 

How many students attend Swinburne University?

There are 30,000 students enrolled with Swinburne University. More than 10,000 of those students study online.

Is Swinburne University good?

Swinburne ranks among the top 300 universities in the world on the QS University World Rankings. 

The university also beats nearly all other Victoria-based universities for teaching quality. In the Good Universities Guide 2023, 80% of undergraduate students and 82% of postgraduate students said they were satisfied with the quality of their educators.

Who are Swinburne University’s most notable alumni?

Swinburne University has welcomed many innovative minds over its 100-year history. Students who have gone on to achieve recognition include: 

  • Dimity Hawkins AM, co-founder of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and a Nobel Peace Prize winner
  • Houman Younessi, renowned information technology researcher
  • Leonie Walsh, the first Lead Scientist in Victoria
  • John Drummond, the astronomer who discovered one of the first known Earth-massed planets
  • Gillian Armstrong, director of My Brilliant Career
  • Garth Davis, director of Lion
  • Andrew Dominik, director of Blonde
  • Bridget Hustwaite, radio host
  • Mark Beretta OAM, sports journalist
  • Matt Levy OAM, retired Paralympic swimmer
What is it like to be a Swinburne Online student?

Swinburne Online students have access to exactly the same courses as on-campus students. But they have the flexibility to earn their qualification when and where they want. 

Once you're enrolled, you will find everything you need to study on the Swinburne Online Student Hub. This includes:

  • Your classes, readings and lecture recordings
  • Learning groups for your subjects
  • Calendars and to-do lists
  • Your student email
  • Swinburne library
  • Swinburne Connect, a social networking tool
  • Technical support
  • Study support

You’re always welcome on campus, if you’d like to take advantage of university facilities, research laboratories or the Swinburne Innovation Precinct.  

If you’re studying a practical area where you need hands-on experience, you’ll also have the chance to go on work placements or join industry projects, just like an on-campus student. And when you graduate, you’ll have the option to attend an in-person ceremony so you can celebrate your achievement with all your classmates.   

Why should I study with Swinburne University through Open Universities Australia?

When you enrol through us, we handle all the administration for you, but you will study directly with Swinburne University. 

There are a few reasons to consider enrolling in your online course this way. 

You can skip entry requirements

We have a unique open-door policy that makes it possible for everyone to get into uni, regardless of their academic history. If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a Swinburne degree, we can help you enrol through single undergraduate subjects. 

You have more control over how you study

If you’re worried about the impact uni could have on your work, family or social life, it’s worth giving us a call. We’ll introduce you to flexible study options you’ve never even heard about. 

We’re always here to guide you

As a not-for-profit, we’re able to give you truly unbiased advice about Swinburne courses. Our only priority is finding a course that makes sense for you. We can also advise you on your Swinburne enrolment, your study plan, and government loans. We will be by your side throughout your time as a student. 

How do I enrol with Swinburne University through Open Universities Australia?

Navigate to the course you’re interested in on our website. If it’s a subject or short course and there is an upcoming start date, you will be able to enrol instantly. 

If it’s a degree, select ‘Apply’ and follow the prompts to begin your Swinburne University application. You will be asked to supply some supporting documentation, including proof of your identity, your tax file number, and a unique student identifier (USI).

We’ll submit everything to Swinburne University on your behalf. The university will then email you to confirm whether your application has been successful.

Please note that enquiries and applications for some Swinburne courses are handled directly by Swinburne University of Technology. If this is the case, it will be indicated on the course listing page.  

Different courses are open at different points throughout the year. Check our key dates page to check Swinburne application dates. 

For more information about enrolment, read our online self-service enrolling instructions

Where can I get Swinburne University enrolment help?

If you need help enrolling in your Swinburne University course, get in touch with one of our friendly student advisors

You can ask them about anything, including subject selection, applying for a HELP loan, and submitting your documentation. They can even walk you through the enrolment process, step-by-step, over the phone.   

You can also find a direct Swinburne University contact here.


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Swinburne University student stories and study advice

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Proving herself capable

As a young adult, Lee felt shut out of uni because of her marks. Decades later, she decided that 'no' wasn't good enough, and is now earning her first degree.

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  • Choosing a course that suits you best.
  • Enrolling and planning your studies.
  • Understanding your funding options.

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