Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology

Top reasons to study here

  • We encourage collaboration that underpins success through mutual respect, open communication and the sharing of responsibility.
  • We thrive on leading through educational excellence, business and research innovation, and creativity in solving real-world problems.
  • We celebrate and respect the strength that difference creates.

Distance Learning Courses



Founded in 1908 by the Honourable George and Ethel Swinburne as the ‘Eastern Suburbs Technical College’, Swinburne has continued to evolve, gaining university status in 1992. 


We offer courses in a broad range of disciplines and our close ties with industry provide students with opportunities for valuable workplace experiences during their studies. 


Swinburne researchers have a reputation for high-quality research with particular strengths in astronomy, physics, engineering, materials science, computer science and information technology, design and innovation, health sciences, neurosciences and mental health. Underpinned by leading digital technology platforms, our researchers are collaborating with industry through embedded partnerships to drive innovation and create impact.


At Swinburne, we’re dedicated to providing you with the strategies to manage your career success. If you’re a student or recent graduate, you can access an array of resources, such as workshops, events, job-boards and individual support, depending on your level of needs. 


Housing services

At Swinburne, you can stay in college rooms, studio apartments or shared apartments. Explore your options with our virtual tours.

  • College rooms: Living on campus in the college rooms can be a life-changing experience.
  • Shared apartments: Apartments on campus accommodating two to four people offer greater independence and are perfect for students wanting more privacy than college rooms.
  • Studio apartments: Studio apartments on campus offer the ultimate in privacy and independent living.

ICT services

Student systems are the web tools you use for many of your interactions with Swinburne. From timetables, results, assignment submission portals and lecture recordings, these are the student systems you'll use most often.

Medical services

Access a broad range of health and wellbeing services, including nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and social workers. Make an appointment at Hawthorn or via telehealth.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Swinburne has three campuses located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne — at Hawthorn, Croydon and Wantirna — offering tertiary education for higher education as well as Pathways and Vocational Education (PAVE). We also have a fourth campus in Sarawak, Malaysia. 
  • The National Institute of Circus Arts is located in Prahran, Melbourne and we also offer a range of qualifications online through Swinburne Online and Open Universities Australia.
  •  We unveiled new locations in Sydney and Vietnam, each offering a small suite of sought-after Swinburne courses, and also opened an office in Nanjing, China — further connecting us to some of the fast-growing regions in the world.

Sports facilities

With an array of sports clubs, fitness facilities and assistance for elite athletes, we have various programs available to help you burn off some steam or hone your craft to reach your sporting potential. You can even represent the Swinburne Razorbacks on a national level!

Student clubs

  • Join a club or student organisation and meet like-minded people, explore new hobbies and get involved with the issues you care
  • Joining a club is a great way to make new friends outside of the classroom. Through joining a club, you will meet like-minded people who are into the same things that you are. You will also learn new skills to add to your CV by doing the things that you love.

Hawthorn East, Victoria, Australia

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