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Domestic Postgraduate Tuition and Non-Award Courses Fee Rates

The following fee schedule are available in pdf format.

Postgraduate Courses (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters)

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013  2012 2011  2010 2009 2008 2007 2006-05

Research Courses (Masters, Doctors and Professional Doctorates)

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011  2010 2009 2008 2007

Non-Awards and Miscellaneous (Cross Institutional and Foundation Programme)

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007  2006-05


  • For the purpose of charging fees, graduate certificates, graduate diplomas and masters courses are considered to be discrete courses, even where they belong to a suite of courses. Accordingly, students who upgrade from a graduate certificate to a graduate diploma to a masters course will be charged at the annual rate applicable for the year in which they commence each course.
  • The University of Canberra sets its fees according to an annual rate method. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. For example, if a student only enrols in 3 credit points then the student will be charged 3/24 = 0.125 x annual rate. In 2006 the University changed its fee charging method. The annual rate that applies in the year a student commences will apply until the student completes the degree (as long as the student completes in standard part-time enrolment duration). The only exception to this rule is postgraduate research students. If a postgraduate research student is charged tuition fees then the tuition fee rate approved each year will apply to the student. (i.e. the fees are not fixed and may vary from year to year).
  • The Executive Master of Public Administration is offered in partnership with the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and has restricted entry.

Calculation of Domestic Tuition Fees

Generally, tuition fees are calculated on a fee-per-unit basis to cater for students who wish to study on a part-time basis. There are a number of factors that determine the fee that applies for a unit of study:

  • The annual fee rate for a particular course (please refer to the relevant current fee schedule above);
  • The minimum credit point requirement for course completion;
  • The duration of the course for a standard full-time student; and
  • The credit points achieved by studying the unit. Most units carry a credit point rating of 3 credit points but some units have a much higher rating which indicates that they may run over several semesters. For semester fee purposes, the credit point rating is averaged out across the relevant number of semesters.

All of the above factors are then used to calculate what is known as a student's Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL). The EFTSL for a unit is calculated by multiplying the unit's credit points and the course duration (in years), and then dividing by the minimum course credit points.

The fee for a unit is then calculated by multiplying together the unit load and the annual course fee.


G Dip in Legal Studies annual tuition fee (018AA): $14,175 annual rate
Minimum credit point required for completion: 24 credit points
Standard full-time course duration (years): 1 year
Unit: 5928 Law G1: Introduction to Law: 3 credit point value
Unit Load= (3 x 1)/24
 = 0.125
Unit Fee= 0.125 x $14,175
 = $1,771.90

The same procedure applies for calculating the cost of additional units. Simply add the individual unit fees to determine a total.


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