Domestic Candidates

Domestic candidates do not pay fees for a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). The Australian Government currently provides funding to all Australian universities to cover the cost of research degree places through the Research Training Program.

Domestic candidates undertaking Graduate Certificate in Research (X5A) or Graduate Diploma of Marine and Antarctic Science (S6O) must complete an eCAF form via eStudent (eCAF Information). This is for Government reporting purposes, there are no tuition fees or a HECS-HELP debt incurred by the candidate for X5A or S6O.

Other applicable fees, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF) will be the responsibility of the candidate.

International Candidates

International candidates pay a flat annual fee, please see the tuition fee rates (per annum) for 2020 (PDF 152.3 KB).

The Department of Home Affairs requires evidence that applicants for a student visa have sufficient funds to complete their studies.

You need to consider the following expenses:

  • HDR tuition fees
  • Visa and medical (pre-departure) fees
  • General living expenses
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Return airfares

Please also review Department of Home Affairs Student Visa Living Costs and evidence of funds.

International candidates may request UTAS provide a quote for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) as part of the application process. The standard costs for the different levels of cover are:

  Single Cover Couples Cover Family Cover
PhD Course AUD $3,519 AUD $12,468 AUD $19,028
Masters by Research AUD $1,873 AUD $6,391 AUD $9,610

Further information on the OSHC coverage provided at UTAS can be found on the International Future Students website.

Research Costs

The School/Institute you enrol through at UTAS is responsible for meeting all 'direct research costs' that are necessary to undertake your HDR project. This includes:

  • Access to resources or facilities at UTAS or other organisations in Australia or overseas
  • Travel to complete fieldwork, collect data, or to visit libraries or other repositories
  • Training in techniques

External Candidates: As per the HDR Admissions and Enrolment Policy, your College acknowledged that by supporting external candidates, all additional costs related to external candidature can be met by the Candidate, the research project or the academic unit of enrolment.

Funding may be available for supplementary research that is not essential to your project, but will enhance your research experience at UTAS.

Student Services and Amenities Fee

All candidates must pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), which we use to improve student services. This cost is included in international tuition fees, however domestic candidates are charged separately.