Fees and Costs

All research higher degree candidates are required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Apart from this fee, the costs associated with enrolment in a research higher degree program vary depending on whether you are a domestic or international candidate.

More information on the fees and costs associated with research candidature at UNSW is outlined below.

 

International Candidates

Tuition Fees

If you are an International candidate, you are required to pay Tuition Fees for the duration of your candidature unless you have been granted a scholarship or sponsorship that covers these fees. You are required to pay a tuition fee deposit before your initial enrolment. Once you are enrolled, you will receive a fee statement each semester.

If you enrol in approved coursework as part of your research higher degree program, you will not be charged any additional tuition fees.

For further information relating to fee payment and policy, please refer to the Student Fee Policy and Procedure.

 

Other costs

In addition to tuition fees, there are a number of additional costs associated with your candidature. 

Overseas Student Health Cover

As an International candidate, it is a condition of your student visa that you have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of your stay in Australia. You need to purchase your OSHC up front before you can enrol in your program, unless you have been granted a scholarship or sponsorship that covers this cost.

The University's preferred provider is Medibank, however you can choose an alternate OSHC provider if you wish to do so. If you do decide to obtain your OSHC with Medibank, the University may receive a commission - this is used to improve services to students.

Visa Processing Fee

You may need to pay a processing fee to the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection when you apply for your student visa.

Living Costs

When undertaking a higher degree research program, it's important to consider the living costs associated with residing in Sydney including the cost of rent, groceries, transport and utilities.

A summary of the estimated costs for undertaking a research program at UNSW is outlined below. These estimates are per year of study except for the estimated cost of OSHC, which must be paid upfront for the duration of your visa. 

 

PhD

1st year

2nd year

3rd year

4th year

Total

Tuition Fees*

$31,680 - $42,000

$33,950 - $44,680

$35,270 - $46,430

$36,640 - $48,240

$137,540 - $181,350

Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)**

$294

$294

$294

$294

$1,176

Visa

$560

 

   

$560

OSHC Medibank (single)

$2,500 - $21,000

 

 

 

$2,500 - $21,000

Cost of Living

$20,000

$20,000

$20,000

$20,000

$80,000

Total

$55,034 - $83,854

$54,244 - $64,974

$55,564 - $66,724

$56,934 - $68,534

$221,776 - $284, 086

* This is one example of estimated tuition fees. If you are applying for UNSW Sydney, visit UNSW Indicative Fees for further details. if you are applying for UNSW Canberra, visit UNSW Canberra tuition fees

** Currently not required for candidates at UNSW Canberra.

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Domestic Candidates

Tuition Fees

Domestic postgraduate research candidates at UNSW may be offered a Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset Scholarship.

Funded by the Australian Government, an RTP Fees Offset Scholarship is used by the university to offset your tuition fees so that you may receive free research training.

A summary of the scholarship arrangements is as follows:

 

Scholarship Name              

Period of Scholarship Support       

RTP Fees Offset

4 years for PhD

2 years for Masters

If you enrol in approved coursework subjects as part of your higher degree research program at UNSW, you will not be charged any additional tuition fees.

For more information on the Research Training Program, please visit the Department of Education and Training. For further information on UNSW tuition fees, please refer to the Student Fee Policy and Procedure.

 
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Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

Domestic and International students at UNSW are charged a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) each semester.

The SSAF contributes to the provision of amenities and non-academic services for students. These services include counselling, employment, orientation, career advice, childcare, financial advice, health services, food services, sporting and recreational activities, student advocacy and legal services.

For further information, visit the Australian Government SSAF page, or the UNSW SSAF page

 
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