Higher Degree Research Fees

Domestic Fees

Domestic applicants who are offered a place in a Higher Degrees Research (HDR) program at Southern Cross University will be provided with an Australian Government RTP Domestic Fee Offsets. This tuition fee offset is funded through the Australian Government’s Research Training Program and is supplemented by support from Southern Cross University to cover the cost of the program tuition fees.

The maximum period for an Australian Government RTP Domestic Fee Offset is up to four years (full-time equivalent) for a Doctoral program. Up to 2 years (full-time equivalent) for a Masters (Research) program, calculated from the date of commencement in the HDR program. Up to 2 years (full-time equivalent) once enrolled into the thesis component for a Professional Doctorate (full-time equivalent) and a maximum of four units (48 Credit Points) for the Graduate Certificate in Research and Communication.

The Dean, of Graduate Studies offers the RTP funded places at his discretion and on a case by case basis and are normally only awarded to highly competitive applicants who must satisfy the admission criteria for an HDR award.

Domestic Professional Doctorate Fees

CodeCourse2022 Fee
1447189 Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies (Coursework) $3050 per 12CP unit
1447189 Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies (Thesis) RTP

Higher Degree Research International Course Fees

CodeCourse2022 Fee Per Annum
1253600 Master of Arts and Social Sciences $26,000
1252620 Master of Business $26,000
1254620 Master of Business (Tourism) $26,000
1251600 Master of Education $26,000
1255625 Master of Engineering $30,000
1259604 Master of Indigenous Philosophies $26,000
1256600 Master of Laws $26,000
1254601 Master of Science (ES&M) $30,000
1257259 Master of Science (Geoscience) $30,000
1255610 Master of Science (Health) $30,000
1257251 Master of Science (Plant Science) $30,000
1403800 Doctor of Philosophy (Arts & Social Science) $26,000
1402803 Doctor of Philosophy (Business) $26,000
1401800 Doctor of Philosophy (Education) $26,000
1404804 Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) $30,000
1404800 Doctor of Philosophy (EnvSc&Mgt) $30,000
1407271 Doctor of Philosophy (Geoscience) $30,000
1405800 Doctor of Philosophy (Health Sci) $30,000
1409800 Doctor of Philosophy (Indig Studies) $26,000
1406800 Doctor of Philosophy (Law) $26,000
1407253 Doctor of Philosophy (Plant Science) $30,000
1404801 Doctor of Philosophy (Tourism) $26,000

International Tuition Fee Waiver

A request for a tuition fee offset can only be approved by the Dean, Graduate School, providing support from the Principal Supervisor, DHDRT and Associate Dean (Research). For a request to be considered, the following criteria need to be taken into account:

  • The academic quality of the student is of high standing
  • The appropriate level of English proficiency — International English Language Test Score (IELTS) Academic, or equivalent, equal to or above 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in Writing and no other band less than 6.5
  • Expected research outcomes, quality of the project and how it fits with the Supervisory team research areas
  • Whether the Faculty and Supervisory team have the resources and facilities to support the project
  • If the HDR applicant is not on a scholarship, evidence must be provided that they can support themselves during their candidature.

Tuition Fee Offsets that are not approved will mean the applicant will be required to pay full fees. If it is not obvious that the HDR applicant’s project will enhance the research output of the University and that of the Supervisory team, fees will apply.

All HDR enquires should be directed to the Graduate School or email gradschool@scu.edu.au