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To apply for a postgraduate degree  like a Masters you usually must already hold an undergraduate degree (a Bachelor's degree). 

For some students, a Masters is the next step towards a PhD programme and eventually an academic career. For others, specialised postgraduate training helps link their undergraduate experience to specific career goals. In some cases a postgraduate programme can also offer time to reflect on different options and ‘try out’ more specialised academic study or professional training whilst gaining an additional qualification.

Costs for most degree programmes in Australia are calculated per unit. Each unit (or module) of your course will fall into one of three bands, depending on its course content and subject area. In order to calculate the entire cost of a specific programme you’ll need to work out which units you expect to study and combine their cost. Many Australian universities offer fee calculators on their websites to assist you with this.

You may be able to receive Commonwealth support for a taught Masters (or, ‘Masters by coursework’) in Australia. Instead of paying the entire cost of your programme you will pay a smaller ‘student contribution fee’. This can be as little as AU$1,000-2,000 per year, though the actual cost will depend on the units you study and the grade bands they fall into.

Students who do not qualify for Commonwealth support pay fees in Australia at the full rate set by their university. This is the case for the majority of Masters students, due to limitations on the number of Commonwealth supported places at postgraduate level. As a ‘full-fee’ Masters student in Australia you will pay between AU$10,000 and AU$40,000 for a typical one-year course. The exact cost will depend on your specific programme and the units of study it includes.