Master of Arts (Thesis only)

  • CRICOS code: 080604J

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Fees for domestic students

This course is supported by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP). Under the RTP, domestic students are exempt from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course. This exemption is valid for up to four years for students enrolled in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master’s degree.

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As a domestic student, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Australian Government under either the FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP loan schemes. They are a loan from the government which cover the payment of your tuition fees. You don’t have to pay anything back until you start paid work, and earn above the compulsory repayment threshold.

Fees for international students

Course fees are calculated as if a student undertakes one year of full-time study. This is called 1 x EFTSL (Equivalent Full Time Study Load). If course duration is less than one year, or the student studies less than a full-time study load, fees are adjusted accordingly.

The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments and does not take into account any advanced standing for prior studies. Fees are reviewed annually by the University and vary depending on subjects within the course.

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Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset Scholarship

The University of Melbourne offers a range of scholarship for students undertaking graduate research training. These scholarships are funded by the University, philanthropic gifts or Government grants.

All domestic students who are admitted to a Master by research or Doctoral degree at the University of Melbourne will receive a Research Training Program Fee Offset Scholarship to acknowledge the contribution from the Australian Government towards the cost of their tuition.

Other scholarships may provide a stipend towards the cost of living and a relocation allowance. International students may also receive Overseas Student Health Cover and a tuition fee offset.

Learn more about the RTP Fee Offset Scholarship and Graduate Research Scholarships

Other financial assistance

The University's Student Financial Aid Service can provide you with advice and information on student loans and bursaries/grants, cost of living, budgeting and tax advice.


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Graduate Research Scholarships

Scholarship benefits may include living, relocation, or thesis allowances, and/or tuition fee waivers. There is significantly high demand for research scholarships, making the application field highly competitive.

  • Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship is usually only offered to domestic students, but in very rare circumstances, can be offered to international students as well
  • Melbourne Research Scholarships are available to both domestic and international students
  • Domestic students experiencing compassionate or compelling circumstances (including illness, disability, care responsibilities or personal hardship), may be eligible to apply for the Fay Marles Scholarship or the Frederick Blake Shepherd Scholarship. Applications close on 31 October.
  • PhD Scholarships are also available for specific projects from time to time. Please check the Faculty of Arts future graduate research students web page for updates.
  • As an enrolled research student, you will have the opportunity to apply for further grants and prizes that assist students to undertake their research, as outlined on the Faculty of Arts Scholarships web page.

Scholarship application deadlines are the most important dates to consider when timing your application.