Associate Degree in Applied Technologies

Swinburne University of Technology

Industry 4.0 is the fourth industrial revolution, bringing together computing, automation, robotics and machine learning into cyber-physical systems. The Associate Degree of Applied Technologies will teach you cutting-edge technical engineering and information technology skills, equipping you to work effectively in and around this digital revolution. You will learn about cloud computing, advanced algorithms, advanced manufacturing practices, automation and robotics, smart sensor and cyber-physical systems, and the machine-to-machine communication of the Internet of Things. Study on campus at Swinburne, while also spending time in paid employment with an industry partner.

Course Fee:

Australian: $18,718

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in English (or equivalent) or 30 in English (EAL); Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics. Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply. To enter this qualification, individuals will be required to attend an interview. Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.


200 credit points comprising sixteen core units of study. The course consists of 12 weeks of workplace learning in addition to coursework requirements.

Subjects you can Study:

Applied technologies

Study Pathways:

Pathways allow students to progress from one qualification to another where the first course is recognised as an entry requirement and/or provides advanced standing to the second. Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Honours year available.

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Higher Education Hawthorn No info No Part time
Higher Education Hawthorn No info No Full time 2 years

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Join the hundreds of thousands of grads before you.

For over 100 years, Swinburne has been creating students and grads who lead the worlds in which they study, work and live. 

  • Dimity Hawkins, a graduate, co-founded the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won a Nobel Peace Prize (2017).
  • Our film and television students win more awards at international film festivals than any other university. 
  • Our engineering students design, build and race their own Formula SAE car and showcase it at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.
  • Our information technology students create live network systems in our three state-of-the-art Cisco networking labs.
  • Our design school is in the Top 40 worldwide (2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject) and our students collaborate with universities in Finland, China and Chile on projects in the Swinburne Design Factory.
  • Many other graduates have gone on to work at places like NAB, Telstra, IBM and ANZ Bank. 

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Beyond that, we prioritise your learning experience above all else. Swinburne was ranked in the top three in Victoria for student satisfaction, outstripping the national average (QILT Student Experience Survey 2016). 

With that goal in mind, we recently launched the Bachelor of Engineering Practice – Australia’s first engineering degree that uses project-based learning, while eliminating lectures and exams. And that’s just for a start.

Levels of study

From master degrees and postgraduate programs to bachelor degrees, diplomas and certificates, Swinburne offers options for everyone. 

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