Postgraduate Commonwealth Support

Most Postgraduate students pay tuition fees, however, limited Postgraduate Commonwealth Supported Places are available to eligible students in some UNSW programs, listed below. Commonwealth Supported Places are not available to students undertaking study at UNSW Canberra at ADFA or the UNSW Business School (including AGSM MBA Programs).

A Commonwealth Supported Place is a higher education place for which the Government makes a contribution towards the cost of the student's education. Students pay a Student Contribution amount (previously known as HECS charges), which varies depending on courses undertaken. For a definition of Commonwealth Support refer to Study Assist.

How to apply

Eligible students entering designated Commonwealth Supported programs are required to complete the Request for Commonwealth Support and HECS-HELP form as part of the online acceptance and enrolment process. Forms are also available from Student Central (Kensington campus). The completed form must be lodged by the relevant census date. Applications cannot be accepted after the census date.

Available programs in 2017

Important: Commonwealth supported places are subject to availability at the time of application. If you are enrolled or intending to enrol in the following programs please note that a Commonwealth Supported Place is not guaranteed. We advise you to contact the Student Financials Office for further information at and/or read your letter of offer carefully before accepting a place.

Art & Design


9314 Master of Art - all plans

5307 Graduate Diploma in Art - all plans

7307 Graduate Certificate in Art - all plans

Curating and Cultural Leadership

9318 Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership - all plans

5312 Graduate Diploma in Cultural Leadership - all plans

7318 Graduate Certificate in Cultural Leadership - all plans


9313 Master of Design - all plans

5306 Graduate Diploma in Design - all plans

7306 Graduate Certificate in Design - all plans


Arts & Social Sciences


8930 Master of Counselling Social Work

Development Studies

8942 Master of Development Studies - all plans


8910 Master of Education - all plans

8926 Master of Teaching (Secondary) - all plans

7327 Graduate Certificate in Teaching - all plans

7401 Graduate Certificate in Education - all plans

8960 Master of Educational Leadership

7960 Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership

7375 Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching

Indigenous Studies

8223 Master of Indigenous Studies - all plans

5223 Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Studies - all plans

7223 Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Studies - all plans

Interpreting and Translation

8202 Master of Interpreting 

8203 Master of Translation

8204 Master of Translation and Interpreting

Built Environment


8143 Master of Architecture - all plans


8148 Master of City Planning - all plans


Biomedical Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Computer Science and Engineering

Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Photovoltaics and Solar Energy

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9150 Juris Doctor - all plans

Note: This program offers both DFEE and CSP rates. See for more information.


Health Management*

8901 Master or Health Management - all plans

8902 Master of Health Management (Extension) - all plans

5509 Graduate Diploma in Health Management - all plans

7360 Graduate Certificate in Health Management - all plans

Public Health*

9045 Master of Public Health - all plans

5507 Graduate Diploma in Public Health - all plans

7368 Graduate Certificate in Public Health - all plans

9046 Master of Public Health (Extension) - all plans

International Public Health

9048 Master of International Public Health - all plans

5567 Graduate Diploma in International Public Health - all plans

7367 Graduate Certificate in International Public Health - all plans

Infectious Diseases Intelligence

8362 Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence

5362 Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases Intelligence

7362 Graduate Certificate in Infectious Diseases Intelligence

Dual Degrees

9047 Master of Public Health / Health Management - all plans

9043 Master of International Public Health / Master of Public Health - all plans

9044 Master of International Public Health / Master of Health Management - all plans

9052 Master of Int’l Public Health (Extn)/ Master of Public Health

9053 Master of Int’l Public Health (Extn)/ Master of Health Mang’t

9054 Master of Int’l Public Health/ Master of Public Health (Extn)

9056 Master of Public Health (Extn)/ Master of Health Management

9057 Master of Public Health/Master of Health Management (Extn)

9058 Master of Int’l Public Health/Master of Health Mang’t (Extn)

* Note: All programs in Public Health / Health Management offer both DFEE and CSP places. Please refer to for more information



8719 Master of Mathematics - plan MATHNS8719

8161 Master of Financial Mathematics - plan MATHFS8161

Ocular Therapy

7436 Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics - plan OPTMDS7436


8256 Master of Psychology (Clinical) - all plans

8257 Master of Psychology (Forensic) - all plans

8258 Master of Psychology (Organisational) - all plans


5304 Graduate Diploma (Research) - plans BABSAS5304 and PHYSLS5304


8750 Master of Statistics - plan MATHTS8750

5659 Graduate Diploma in Statistics - plan MATHTS5659

7659 Graduate Certificate in Statistics - plan MATHTS7659