Social Impact and Philanthropy

We believe that creating positive, meaningful and sustainable social change benefits our community. That’s why we offer courses in social impact and philanthropy at Swinburne.

Our courses in social impact and philanthropy provide the skills and knowledge needed to lead organisations creating social and environmental value. You’ll learn about the practices and principles of impact measurement, social impact and innovation, and emerging models of social impact investment. Gain the knowledge and skills to develop and manage effective grant-making programs.

Whether you're just starting out or already work in the field, by the time you graduate you'll have the practical foundations needed to become a social leader.

Sarah Wickham completed the Masters of Philanthropy and Investment (now Social Impact) in 2015.

Graduate experience


Less than a year after finishing the Master of Social Investment and Philanthropy, Sarah landed her dream job as Philanthropy Manager at Equity Trustees and started her own social enterprise, co-founding Good Mob.

Sarah and fellow alumna Bryony Green were recipients of the 2015 Nexus Innovator of the Year Award for the concept of their new social enterprise.

The Swinburne Advantage

We turn knowing into know-how.

We believe an undergraduate education must be about more than knowledge. In today’s competitive job market, it must be about true job readiness.

Work Integrated Learning allows you to gain professional experience as part of your studies at Swinburne. It’s just a matter of choosing the opportunity that suits your future.

Choose from professional degrees, professional placements, professional internships, industry-linked projects, industry study tours and accreditation placements. There are also a range of other opportunities you can create.

You’ll build invaluable skills and confidence in knowing you have what it takes to land a job in your field by graduation.

We think it’s an approach that makes the adventure worth taking. See for yourself.
The Swinburne Advantage. Available to all new undergraduates.

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Student experience


Swinburne is the first university outside North America to offer studies in experiential giving.

Thanks to the Experiential Giving Program, students enrolled in the Master of Social Investment and Philanthropy have access to $10,000, allowing them to gain experience in philanthropy and grant-making.

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Social impact and philanthropy courses

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