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Research

Master of Arts (Thesis only)

  • CRICOS Code: 080604J

Fees & scholarships

Your fees explained

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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.

Research Training Program (RTP) only. Australian fee-paying places not available.

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.

More information about fees for international graduate students

Research Training Program (RTP)

Most domestic graduate research students are offered a Research Training Program Fee Offset Scholarship, which is funded by the Australian Government. If you are enrolled under the RTP you are exempt from tuition fees for the normal duration of your 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 masters degree. RTP-funded places are available to Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand Citizens accepted into the Doctor of Philosophy, Masters of Philosophy, doctorates by research or masters by research.

Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

If you are enrolled in a Research Training Program (RTP), you will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), which in 2018 was $298 for full-time students and $223 for part-time students. SA-HELP, a government funded loan scheme, is available to help eligible students pay all or part of their SSAF. The Government’s Study Assist Study Assist website provides more information about SA-HELP.

Other Financial Assistance

The University's Student Financial Aid Service can provide you with advice and information on: Student loans and bursaries/grants, Government student assistance, including Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance, cost of living advice, budgeting and tax advice. Link

Scholarships

Find a scholarship that's right for you

Financial assistance

There is significantly high demand for research scholarships, making the application field highly competitive.

  • The Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship is usually only offered to domestic students, but in very rare circumstances, can be offered to international students too.
  • The Melbourne Research Scholarship (MRS) is available to both domestic and international students

In addition, you can view further scholarships with international student eligibility through the Faculty of Arts Scholarships web page.

Please note: International scholarship opportunities are extremely competitive, and it is advisable for most students to explore alternative funding sources, including grant and scholarship opportunities from their home countries (where applicable). In some cases, depending upon your individual circumstances, you may find that you are not eligible for any of the scholarships listed at the links above.

Research scholarships

A generous range of University scholarships are available to support domestic and international graduate research students. For further information regarding scholarships please check the Faculty of Arts Scholarships web page.

Scholarship application deadlines are the most important dates to consider when timing your application. Scholarship benefits may include living, relocation, or thesis allowances, and/or tuition fee waivers. As an enrolled research student, you will also have the opportunity to apply for further grants and prizes that assist students to undertake their research.

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.