Swinburne offers Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) programs including PhD, Masters & Professional Doctorates across all faculties. Our HDR programs provide postgraduate students with a unique opportunity to engage in research that makes an important contribution to the development of new knowledge.
- Step 1 - Make Sure You Qualify
- Step 2 - Check Swinburne's Areas of Research Strength and Find a Supervisor
- Step 3 - Complete and Submit the Candidature Application Form
Swinburne offers a number of Scholarships to PhD and Masters by Research candidates.
Step 1 - Make Sure You Qualify
PhD minimum entry requirements
Applicants must have completed at least four years (or equivalent) of tertiary education studies at a high level of achievement. For example, either:
- A four year degree
- A three year degree and a Masters by Research
- A three year degree and an Honours year
- A three year degree and a Masters by Coursework that includes a research component with a duration of at least one semester full time (or part time equivalent)
- A three year degree and a postgraduate diploma in Psychology
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.
Masters by Research minimum entry requirements
A three year degree with a minimum average of Credit in the final year units of study.
English language requirements
International candidates must obtain a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0; OR, a TOEFL (Paper-based) minimum score of 575 (with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5); OR, a TOEFL (Internet-based) (IBT) minimum score of 85 with no band less than 18, or two years full-time equivalent formal study in English.
Detailed English language requirements can be found on the English requirements website.
Step 2 - Check Swinburne's Areas of Research Strength & Find a Supervisor
Check to see if your intended PhD or Masters study falls within Swinburne's areas of research strength.
Step 3 - Complete and Submit the Candidature Application Form
Submit this form to Swinburne International:
By mail or courier:
PO Box 218 Hawthorn
Victoria AUSTRALIA 3122
Ph: +61 3 8676 7002
Facsimile: +61 3 9818 3648
(Remember to mail the original application and supporting documents to Swinburne International office at the address above.)
Level 1, Swinburne Place, West Building
Hawthorn, Victoria 3122
You can scan your application forms in and email them to us.