Course fees

Before applying for a course it is a good idea to find out how much it will cost. At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. Find out how postgraduate fees work, and whether you’re eligible for financial assistance to help you pay them.


The amount that you pay depends on several factors, including:

  • your citizenship and residency status
  • your course type and the units that you choose 

At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. Some units cost more than others. This may be due to the number of credit points the unit awards or the level of resources involved in teaching that unit.

Domestic students

You are a domestic student if you are:

  • an Australian citizen
  • a New Zealand citizen
  • an Australian permanent resident
  • an Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder

As a domestic student your fees will differ from those of international students.

Some postgraduate courses at Murdoch are Commonwealth Supported, which means they are subsidised by the Australian Government. Others are full fee-paying courses, and therefore the unit fees will be significantly higher. It is important to take this into consideration when planning the financial aspects of your study.

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

In a Commonwealth Supported Place, the government pays part of the cost of your course fees each semester and you pay the rest. The part you pay is known as your student contribution.

Australian citizens, eligible New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent humanitarian visas can pay their student contribution either:

  • upfront directly to the university.
  • by deferring payment to a HECS-HELP loan.

A HELP loan allows you to defer the payment of your student contribution until your income reaches a certain level. When you’re earning enough money to start repaying your loan, it is repaid through the tax system as a percentage of your salary.

If you’re a non-eligible New Zealand citizen or non-humanitarian permanent resident, you’re not able to defer your fees and would need to pay your student contribution in full each semester.

For more information on the HELP loan scheme, and to find out whether you’re eligible, check out the Australian Government’s StudyAssist site.

Domestic fee-paying places

If your course is not Commonwealth Supported, you will need to pay the full domestic student fee for each unit you study. This applies to some postgraduate courses.

If you are an Australian citizen, an eligible New Zealand citizen or a holder of a permanent humanitarian visa, you can choose to either pay your fees upfront or to defer them to a FEE-HELP loan.

For more information on the HELP loan scheme, and to find out whether you’re eligible, check out the Australian Government’s StudyAssist site.

International students

If you’re an international postgraduate student studying in Australia, you are only eligible for an international fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported Places are not available to international students.

You’ll find an estimated fee detailed in your Offer Letter. To determine the exact amount you will have to pay, you can use the Tuition Fee Calculator.

Transnational students

Transnational students are students who study a Murdoch course through our Murdoch Dubai, Kaplan or Murdoch Singapore campuses.

If you are an international student studying at an offshore campus, your tuition fees are managed by the local institution and paid directly to them.

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