Information about Costs involved with undertaking a PhD or research masters at UON.

PhD and Research Masters degrees

Costs

Domestic Students - Research Training Scheme

Domestic students are exempt from paying fees for research higher degree programs under the Australian Government's Research Training Scheme (RTS). 

RTS funding is limited to:

  • four years full-time (or part-time equivalent) for a PhD candidate
  • two years full-time (or part-time equivalent) for a Research Masters candidate

All students are required to complete their degree within the RTS entitlement period.

* The Federal Government has indicated that from 1 January 2016, universities are able to introduce student contributions up to a maximum annual amount of $3,900 p.a.(equivalent full-time student). Subject to legislation.


International Students

The indicative annual cost of a research degree with the University of Newcastle is between AU$22,480 and AU$30,240 depending on your chosen degree.

Costs for International Students

As an international student, you may receive sponsorship from your home government, university or employer.

Sponsorships recipients must compare their funding to the amount of money provided by University of Newcastle research scholarships, as living off less than this base rate is extremely difficult. Check if your sponsorship will cover tuition fees, health cover, allowances and living costs.

Please be aware that the University cannot provide any additional subsistence to research students who choose to come to Newcastle with insufficient funding.

To check what support is available for international research students, visit International Student Support.

Overseas Health Cover (OHSC) must be arranged for the full duration of your student visa. If your scholarship includes OHSC, it is only for the duration of the scholarship. The maximum amount of cover is:

  • three and a half years full-time (or part-time equivalent) for a PhD candidate
  • two years full-time (or part-time equivalent) for a Research Masters candidate

You are required to pay the difference between your scholarship covered OHSC and the full duration of your student visa. The University's preferred OHSC provider is Allianz Global Assistance

Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

A Student Services and Amenities fee is applicable to all students. This money is used to improve student services offered by the University.

Please note that this fee is not covered by any research degree scholarship. Off-campus, online and distance students are also required to pay a service and amenities fee.

This fee is not covered by any research degree scholarship. Off-campus, online and distance students are also required to pay a service and amenities fee.