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.
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 an invoice 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 Fees Policy (International).
Overseas 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.
For more information, please visit UNSW OSHC.
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.
For information on student visas, visit UNSW International Visas and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
To help you prepare for your relocation to Sydney, UNSW International provides a summary of approximate living costs including the cost of rest, groceries, and travel and utilities. For more information, visit Cost of Living.
Domestic students 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:
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.
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.