Postgraduate Research Fees

Domestic Students

The Government's Research Training Scheme (RTS) covers the tuition of domestic students if you complete your research degree within the maximum course duration.

You need not apply for an RTS fee exemption as they are awarded automatically. If you take longer than the specified period to complete your degree, you may be liable for tuition fees. For more advice please contact the HECS and Domestic Fees Office in the Student Centre by or phone +61 2 9351 5062.

For further information see

International Students

International student fees are payable on a semester basis.

Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSA fee)

In October 2011, the Australian Parliament passed the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Bill 2010, allowing universities to charge a Student Services and Amenities fee (SSA fee) of up to $263 from 1 January 2012 (indexed annually thereafter) as an initiative to increase student support and services in Australian universities. The University of Sydney will be charging the fee from 1 January 2012. The fee will be calculated based on the student’ semester load (i.e. full time / part time status) and will be charged on a semester basis. There will be a new component of the HELP scheme, called SA-HELP, which will allow eligible students to defer the payment of their SSA fee. For further information, please visit Domestic Compliance, HECS & Fees Office and payment/refund method.

International Fee Rates

2016 Fee per year
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Doctor of Juridical Studies (SJD)
Master of Laws (LLM) by Research
Master of Criminology (MCrim) by Research

Am I a domestic or an international student?

You are a domestic student if you are:

  • An Australian citizen (including dual citizens)
  • A New Zealand citizen (including dual citizens)
  • An Australian permanent resident

You are an international fee-paying student if you hold a permit for temporary entry to Australia.

For example, you are an international fee-paying student if your status is overseas student, permanent resident of New Zealand, diplomat, temporary resident who holds a permit for work purposes, refugee, or a dependent of any of the above.

For more information visit the International Services.