Fees for Research Degrees

Domestic Students - Research Training Program (RTP)

All commencing higher degree research places for Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens are funded by the Australian Government under the Research Training Program (RTP)(opens in a new window). This applies to the Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Professional Doctorates and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Research Training Program places are awarded to commencing students for a maximum period of two years full-time equivalent for a Masters student, and four years full-time equivalent for a doctoral student. Confirmation of availability of a funded place for eligible students will be made at the time of admission.

There is no stipend attached to a Research Training Program place, however, all research candidates are provided with the resources they need to support their project.

It is Australian Government policy that applicants who have partly completed a research degree, at Western Sydney University or elsewhere, may have the previous period of their candidature deducted from the maximum time allowed.

International Students

International students are required to have genuine access to sufficient funds while studying in Australia. Funds should be sufficient to contribute to the cost of tuition, travel, living costs and school costs of any dependants.

For more information about higher degree research fees, please visit the international course fees page.

Master of Research

Domestic students in the Master of Research are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) students for the first year of the degree. For more information, refer to the domestic postgraduate fees page.

Domestic students in their second year of the Master of Research are Research Training Program (RTP) students and tuition fees do not apply. For more information, please refer to the RTP section above.

Tuition fees apply for international students in the Master of Research. For more information, visit the international course fees page.

Visit the Master of Research page for course-specific information about entry requirements and the course fee structure.

Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is used to fund essential campus services and facilities, and enables Western Sydney University to retain funding for teaching and research. SSAF applies to all campus-based domestic and international students and is payable twice-annually.