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

Code Course Notes
1447189 Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies (Coursework) See course for full details
1447189 Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies (Thesis)  

Higher Degree Research International Course Fees

Code Course Notes
1258100 Masters by Thesis See full course and fee details
1409100 PhD by Research See full course and fee details

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 [email protected]