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Review fees and financial support

Postgraduate coursework

Postgraduate study is a valuable investment in your future. Knowing the costs and what support is available will help you manage your money.

Fees

Before you apply for university, there are some costs to consider. These include:

Course fees

For most postgraduate coursework programs you'll pay full tuition fees.

Tuition fees vary each year, and can depend on the courses you choose or the program you're enrolled in. You can pay these fees upfront or, if you're eligible, defer them through a FEE-HELP loan.

To help you estimate your costs, each program page shows an indicative annual fee, which is based on average first-year enrolment data. If you multiply the indicative fee by the number of years in the program, you can calculate an approximate total cost.

Actual fees may be lower or higher depending on the courses you choose and the time you take to complete a program. We review fees annually, and fees may be higher in later years.

Some programs also have extra costs for things like equipment or field trips. These costs are listed on the program page.

Commonwealth supported places (CSPs)

Some postgraduate programs have Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) available for eligible students. A CSP is a place that’s partially funded by the Australian Government.

The Government subsidises a CSP by paying part of the fee for the place directly to the university. The subsidy amount isn't a loan – you don’t have to pay this amount back.

You’re required to pay the remainder of the fee, known as the 'student contribution amount', for each course you’re enrolled in. You can pay this fee upfront or, if you're eligible, defer it through a HECS-HELP loan.

Learn more about eligibility for Commonwealth supported places (CSPs)

Programs with all Commonwealth supported places

The following postgraduate program is only offered to domestic students on a Commonwealth-supported basis in 2021:

  • Doctor of Medicine

The following postgraduate programs may be offered to domestic students on a Commonwealth-supported basis in 2021:

  • Doctor of Psychology
  • Master of Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Nursing Studies
  • Master of Psychology
  • Master of Teaching (Primary)
  • Master of Teaching (Secondary).
Programs with limited Commonwealth supported places

A limited number of Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) may be offered to domestic students in the programs below in 2021.

Once all CSPs have been allocated, offers may be made on a full tuition fee basis.

Indicative (approximate) annual student contribution amounts for 2021 are listed below. For graduate certificates, the amount listed is for the whole program (i.e. 8 units (generally 4 courses)). For all other programs, the amount listed is for 16 units (generally 8 courses).

Actual fees may be lower or higher depending on the courses you choose and the time you take to complete a program. Student contributions are reviewed annually and may be higher in later years.

To view the indicative annual full tuition fee, check the relevant program page.

Program name 2021 indicative annual student contribution amount
Graduate Certificate in Agribusiness $4612
Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Science $3475
Master of Agricultural Science (24 unit) $4839
Master of Agricultural Science (32 unit) $4839
Master of Architecture $7950
Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics $3975
Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology $3975
Master of Biotechnology (16 unit) $8230
Master of Biotechnology (24 unit) $8230
Master of Biotechnology (32 unit) $8230
Graduate Certificate in Business $7250
Graduate Certificate in Business Administration $7250
Graduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy $3975
Master of Clinical Pharmacy $7950
Graduate Certificate in Commerce $7250
Graduate Certificate in Computer Science $3975
Master of Conservation Science $8584
Master of Counselling $7950
Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security $4793
Graduate Diploma in Cyber Security $9587
Master of Cyber Security (24 unit) $9587
Master of Cyber Security (32 unit) $9587
Master of Data Science (24 unit) $7651
Master of Data Science (32 unit) $7176
Master of Dietetics Studies $7950
Graduate Certificate in Economics $7250
Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies $7250
Master of Educational Studies (16 unit) $3950
Master of Educational Studies (24 unit) $3950
Master of Educational Studies (32 unit) $3950
Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies $1975
Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science $3975
Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation $4793
Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management $3975
Master of Environmental Health Sciences $10,406
Graduate Certificate in Food Science and Technology $3975
Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science $3975
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology $3975
Graduate Certificate in Interaction Design $4793
Graduate Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Technology $3975
Master of Mental Health Nursing $5950
Graduate Certificate in Molecular Biology $3975
Master of Nurse Practitioner $5450
Master of Occupational Health and Safety Science (24 unit) $8958
Master of Occupational Health and Safety Science (32 unit) $9588
Master of Organisational Psychology $14,500
Graduate Certificate in Pharmaceutical Industry Practice $3975
Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice $3975
Master of Physiotherapy $7950
Master of Public Health $7950
Master of Quantitative Biology (24 unit) $7950
Master of Quantitative Biology (32 unit) $7950
Master of Social Work Studies (24 unit) $7950
Master of Social Work Studies (32 unit) $7950
Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Energy $3975
Graduate Certificate in Tourism Hotel and Event Management $7250
Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning $3975
Master of Urban Development and Design $8593
Graduate Certificate in Urban Development and Design $4793

Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

Most Australian universities charge a compulsory Student Services and Amenities fee (SSAF).

The SSAF is used to fund non-academic services for students, including sports and recreation, employment and career advice, child care and food services.

The maximum annual fee for 2021 is $313. This fee increases annually. The amount you have to pay will depend on whether you're an internal or external student, and whether you study full-time or part-time.

You can pay this fee upfront or, if you're eligible, defer it through an SA-HELP loan.

Learn more about the Student Services and Amenities fee (SSAF)

Administrative fees

Under certain circumstances, you may have to pay additional administrative fees for things like:

  • paying your fees late
  • adding or substituting courses.
  • cancelling your enrolment
  • paying your fees late
  • adding or substituting courses.

For a full list of administrative fees, see our fee schedules.

Other expenses

There's a range of other costs you may need to pay for, including accommodation, textbooks and transport. Our living costs guide can help you budget for common expenses.

There's a range of other costs you may need to pay for, including student visa fees, accommodation, textbooks and transport. Our living costs guide can help you budget for common expenses.

Learn more about the cost of living in Brisbane

Financial support

To help you cover your costs, there's a range of financial support available, including:

Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)

The Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) offers several schemes to support eligible students with the cost of their education. There are 3 main schemes that support postgraduate students:

FEE-HELP

If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be able to use a FEE-HELP loan to cover your tuition fees.

You can apply for FEE-HELP if you are: 

  • an Australian citizen, or
  • a permanent humanitarian visa holder, or
  • a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets relevant residency requirements.

We'll guide you through how to apply for FEE-HELP once you've accepted an offer to study at UQ.

There is a limit to the combined amount you can borrow through HELP loans to cover course fees. This includes HECS-HELP loans incurred from 2020 onwards, and all existing and new FEE-HELP loans.

If you're accepted in a Commonwealth Supported Place, you can't use FEE-HELP – you'll need to use HECS-HELP instead.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

HECS-HELP

If you're enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), you may be able to use a HECS-HELP loan to cover your student contribution amount.

To be eligible for HECS-HELP you must be enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place, and be:

  • an Australian citizen, or
  • a permanent humanitarian visa holder, or
  • a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets relevant residency requirements.

We'll guide you through how to apply for HECS-HELP once you've accepted an offer to study at UQ.

There is a limit to the combined amount you can borrow through HELP loans to cover course fees. This includes HECS-HELP loans incurred from 2020 onwards, and all existing and new FEE-HELP loans.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

SA-HELP

SA-HELP is a loan scheme that helps students pay their Student Services and Amenities Fee.

If you're eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, you'll usually also be eligible for SA-HELP. You can use SA-HELP even if you don't take out any other HELP loan.

We'll guide you through how to apply for SA-HELP once you've accepted an offer to study at UQ.

Learn more about SA-HELP

Scholarships

Scholarships can help make your university experience more affordable. We offer more scholarships than any other university in Queensland, so it's worth taking some time to research and apply.

Application opening and closing dates vary, so search for scholarships as early as possible to ensure you don't miss application deadlines.

Find a scholarship

If you're studying full-time, you may be eligible for student income support payments from Centrelink.

See Centrelink's student payments and services

Fees

Before you apply for university, there are some costs to consider. These include:

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for international students are program-based. This means you'll pay the same tuition fee for each course you study in your program during one academic year.

Tuition fees increase annually. The increase is usually fixed 12 months in advance, so you can plan your finances ahead of time.

To help you estimate your costs, check our indicative fees. The list shows the average annual cost and estimated total cost of tuition fees for full-time study in each of our programs.

Non-tuition fees

Non-tuition fees are other fees you may need to pay to UQ. This includes costs like:

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
  • administrative fees.

This can also include costs for any equipment, accommodation or health insurance organised through UQ.

To help you estimate your non-tuition fees, check our indicative fees.

Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

Most Australian universities charge a compulsory Student Services and Amenities fee (SSAF).

The SSAF is used to fund non-academic services for students, including sports and recreation, employment and career advice, child care and food services.

The maximum annual fee for 2021 is $313. This fee increases annually. The amount you have to pay will depend on whether you're an internal or external student, and whether you study full-time or part-time.

You can pay this fee upfront or, if you're eligible, defer it through an SA-HELP loan.

Learn more about the Student Services and Amenities fee (SSAF)

Administrative fees

Under certain circumstances, you may have to pay additional administrative fees for things like:

  • paying your fees late
  • adding or substituting courses.
  • cancelling your enrolment
  • paying your fees late
  • adding or substituting courses.

For a full list of administrative fees, see our fee schedules.

Other expenses

There's a range of other costs you may need to pay for, including accommodation, textbooks and transport. Our living costs guide can help you budget for common expenses.

There's a range of other costs you may need to pay for, including student visa fees, accommodation, textbooks and transport. Our living costs guide can help you budget for common expenses.

Learn more about the cost of living in Brisbane

Financial support

To help you cover your costs, there's a range of financial support available, including:

Scholarships

Scholarships can help make your university experience more affordable. We offer more scholarships than any other university in Queensland, so it's worth taking some time to research and apply.

Application opening and closing dates vary, so search for scholarships as early as possible to ensure you don't miss application deadlines.

Find a scholarship

Financial aid

You may be eligible to apply for student loan programs offered by your home country to cover some of your educational expenses.

Learn more about financial aid programs