Farrago talks higher ed: research degree fees

Friday, 6 June, 2014


Words by Michelle See-Tho


Research higher degree students will start to make contributions to the cost of their courses as part of the Budget.

As of 2016 students undertaking Masters by Research or Doctoral degrees will pay up to $3,900 in student contributions.

A full-time student in a high-cost course will be required to pay up to $3,900 per year. High-cost courses are science, engineering, medical studies, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary studies, human movement and psychology.

A full-time student in a low-cost course will be required to pay up to $1,700 per year. Low-cost courses are everything that is not high-cost.

Because students will be contributing money to research higher degrees, the government can decrease its own funding. Thus the government will reduce the Research Training Scheme (RTS). The RTS initially exempted research higher degree students from paying student contributions.

In 2014 the University of Melbourne was given a total of $189,233,158.00 in research funding from the Department of Education. This was part of the RTS.

The government plans to reduce the RTS by 10 per cent as of 1 January 2016. However this will only happen if the Budget passes through the Senate.