Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar)(Honours)

Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar)(Honours)

UNDERGRADUATE

Take your research skills further with this flexible and intensive degree that offers hands-on involvement with real research projects. 

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Not published*

Duration:
Full-time 4 years
Next intake:
Not applicable
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Not published

Duration:
Full-time 4 years
Fees:

AU$37,440 (2023 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

This selective-entry, research-oriented honours degree is designed for capable and highly-motivated students who want hands-on involvement in research projects.

As an honours student, you'll have the opportunity to engage with research groups and provide support for your projects. This program is also a pathway into higher degrees by research, such as a PhD.

The first year provides a transformative learning experience, in which you will learn and explore core science concepts across physical, life, data and mathematical science disciplines and develop and strengthen key scientific and transferable skills that will underpin your future studies and careers.

In preparation for a higher degree course, you'll choose to major in one of the following areas:

  • biology
  • biotechnology
  • chemistry
  • physics
  • computer science
  • geospatial science
  • food science
  • environmental science
  • applied mathematics and statistics

VTAC entry to first year of the program in 2022 will be restricted to the core applied science majors (biology, biotechnology, chemistry and physics), but high performing students in other science and computer science disciplines are encouraged to apply to transfer into the Dean’s scholar program after completing first year.

Why study science at RMIT?

Shape your degree

RMIT’s science degrees give you the flexibility and freedom to shape your own path and explore a broad range of scientific disciplines.

Access cutting-edge facilities

Studying with leading researchers in state-of-the-art facilities means the skills you gain can take you anywhere in the world.

Gain hands-on experience

You’ll go beyond the classroom and apply what you’ve learned to real-life problems, working in teams during local and international field studies and excursions.

Details

Projects that involve community groups or companies allow you to put your skills into action and make an impact before you graduate.

These include local field trips to Lakes Entrance, mapping the environment at Camp Jungai, exploring the aquatic environment at Lizard Island, or even going overseas to tackle environmental challenges in China.

Blended learning options

Courses offered as part of blended learning programs include a meaningful blend of online, on-campus, and workplace based learning tailored to the type of study you undertake. This learning is active, prioritising tasks that involve exploration and development of skills and knowledge through interaction and engagement.

Online aspects provide positive benefits such as flexibility and adaptability using digital activities and materials, while also strengthening the interaction and connection with timetabled and on-campus experiences such as tutorials, practicals, or workshops.

You'll have the opportunity to work on research projects and practical activities, often undertaken with industry.

Mentored research placements in second and third years provide an opportunity for Dean’s Scholar students to experience research at the cutting edge under the mentorship of research-active academics in the School of Science.

Research projects at third and fourth year levels will also provide you with the opportunity to carry out independent research projects, which can involve an industry partner.

Global work, exchange and study experiences

RMIT offers a range of opportunities for our students to study abroad through global work, exchange and study experiences with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

Biology and Biotechnology courses run at both the City and Bundoora campuses.

All other courses run at the City Campus.

During this program, you'll develop a strong background in the basic knowledge of your major discipline.

Year 1

You will gain a solid foundation across the sciences to help you choose your specialty or your major field of study.

Year 1 will provide you with a transformative learning experience, where you’ll learn and explore core science concepts across physical, life, data and mathematical science disciplines. You’ll also develop and strengthen key scientific and transferable skills that will underpin your future studies and careers.

Year 2

During second year, you’ll take part in the first of two research placements where you will be mentored by a research-active academic. You will also continue to study courses from your chosen major.

Year 3

You'll complete the second mentored research placement and study more advanced courses from your chosen major.

You will continue your research focus with a small research project under supervision in Science Project or an equivalent subject, where you may collaborate with an external organisation.

You'll also prepare for the workforce through work-integrated learning opportunities as part of a relevant professional practice subject relevant to your discipline.

Year 4

You will plan and complete a significant research project in your chosen major, under the supervision of a research active academic.

In addition to this, you will undertake advanced coursework and learn the skills to develop a research proposal and carry out experimental design and data analysis.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar)(Honours)
Program code: BH101

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Biology) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full time or 8 years part time
BH101BI
097606A
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full time or 8 years part time
Plan code
BH101BI
CRICOS
097606A
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Biology) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full time
BH101BI
097606A
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full time
Plan code
BH101BI
CRICOS
097606A
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Biotechnology) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full time or 8 years part time
BH101BT
097607M
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full time or 8 years part time
Plan code
BH101BT
CRICOS
097607M
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Biotechnology) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full time
BH101BT
097607M
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full time
Plan code
BH101BT
CRICOS
097607M
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Chemistry) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full time or 8 years part time
BH101CH
097608K
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full time or 8 years part time
Plan code
BH101CH
CRICOS
097608K
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Chemistry) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full time
BH101CH
097608K
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full time
Plan code
BH101CH
CRICOS
097608K
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Computer Science) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full time or 8 years part time
BH101CS
097609J
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full time or 8 years part time
Plan code
BH101CS
CRICOS
097609J
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Computer Science) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full time
BH101CS
097609J
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full time
Plan code
BH101CS
CRICOS
097609J
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Geospatial Science) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full time or 8 years full time
BH101GS
097610E
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full time or 8 years full time
Plan code
BH101GS
CRICOS
097610E
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Geospatial Science) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full time
BH101GS
097610E
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full time
Plan code
BH101GS
CRICOS
097610E
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Mathematics) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full time or 8 years part time
BH101MA
097611D
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full time or 8 years part time
Plan code
BH101MA
CRICOS
097611D
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Mathematics) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full time
BH101MA
097611D
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full time
Plan code
BH101MA
CRICOS
097611D
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Physics) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full time or 8 years part time
BH101PH
097612C
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full time or 8 years part time
Plan code
BH101PH
CRICOS
097612C
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Physics) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full time
BH101PH
097612C
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full time
Plan code
BH101PH
CRICOS
097612C
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Food Science) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full-time (International), 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time (Domestic)
BH101FS
0100986
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full-time (International), 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time (Domestic)
Plan code
BH101FS
CRICOS
0100986
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Food Science) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full-time
BH101FS
0100986
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full-time
Plan code
BH101FS
CRICOS
0100986
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Environmental Science) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full-time (International), 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time (Domestic)
BH101ES
0100985
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full-time (International), 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time (Domestic)
Plan code
BH101ES
CRICOS
0100985
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Environmental Science) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full-time
BH101ES
0100985
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full-time
Plan code
BH101ES
CRICOS
0100985
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Applied Mathematics and Statistics) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full-time (International), 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time (Domestic)
BH101AMS
0100995
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full-time (International), 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time (Domestic)
Plan code
BH101AMS
CRICOS
0100995
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Applied Mathematics and Statistics) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full-time
BH101AMS
0100995
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full-time
Plan code
BH101AMS
CRICOS
0100995
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Analytics) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full-time (International), 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time (Domestic)
BH101AN
0100984
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full-time (International), 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time (Domestic)
Plan code
BH101AN
CRICOS
0100984
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Analytics) (Honours)
City Campus
4 years full-time
BH101AN
0100984
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full-time
Plan code
BH101AN
CRICOS
0100984
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar)(Honours)
City Campus
Eight semesters full time
BH101
079790A
Location
City Campus
Duration
Eight semesters full time
Plan code
BH101
CRICOS
079790A
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar)(Honours)
City Campus
Eight semesters full time
BH101
079790A
Location
City Campus
Duration
Eight semesters full time
Plan code
BH101
CRICOS
079790A

VTAC Code

If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.

  • Plan BH101 - 3200332253
  • Plan BH101AMS - 3200310733

Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

Please note: The BH101BI, BH101BT, BH101CH, BH101CS, BH101GS, BH101MA, BH101PH, BH101FS, BH101ES, BH101AN plans are not available for new commencing international students.

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

This degree will provide you with the strong background in your discipline and in research practice needed for success in a higher degree.

After graduating, you will also be qualified to work in a research support role in government, industry or academic research laboratories such as CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, Defence Science and Technology and ANSTO. Graduates will be prepared with the research skills and advanced knowledge needed to solve real-world problems.

Admissions

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent qualification).

Prerequisites

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL and units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics, or equivalent studies.

Rankings and adjustment factors

Entry to this program is competitive. Eligible applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement plus any adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors include equity access schemes and/or subject adjustments.

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. The highest level of education you have previously completed will usually determine how you are ranked.

Selection criteria by applicant type

Please select the highest level of education you have or will be completing in order to find out the selection criteria that applies to you, in addition to meeting the above entry requirements.

Entry to this program is competitive. Eligible applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement. You will be ranked on your ATAR plus any adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors available only to applicants currently studying Year 12

School Network Access Program (SNAP)

  • The SNAP access scheme is designed to increase tertiary participation by giving priority access to RMIT diploma and degree programs to eligible applicants currently studying Year 12 at a SNAP partner school.

Adjustment factors available only to applicants currently studying Year 12 or whose highest qualification is a completed Year 12.

Subject adjustments

  • A study score of 25 in any Information Technology or any Science equals 2 aggregate points per study.
  • A study score of 30 in Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 8 points.

Regional adjustments

  • RMIT automatically allocates adjustment factors to applicants from a low socio-economic status area for all programs that select primarily on ATAR. 
  • Low socio-economic status areas are determined by applying the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Socio-Economic Index for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Education and Occupation.

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • This program has been recognised as being under-represented by female applicants. Additional adjustment factors may apply to those applying to category 1 of the Special Entry Access Scheme or RMIT access application.
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., level of TAFE qualification completed (including any adjustment factors).

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. The highest level of education you have previously completed will usually determine how you are ranked.

You will be assigned a selection rank (comparable to an ATAR) based on your highest completed qualification:

  • Advanced Diploma: 81
  • Diploma: 72
  • Certificate IV: 54

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice.

If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with vocational education training, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and
  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and
  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program.

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • This program has been recognised as being under-represented by female applicants. Additional adjustment factors may apply to those applying to category 1 of the Special Entry Access Scheme or RMIT access application.
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., GPA (including any adjustment factors).

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. Previous fail grades in similar courses may affect your eligibility.

You must have satisfactorily completed at least four courses (subjects) (0.5 EFTSL) at an Australian undergraduate level (or overseas equivalent). You will be assigned a selection rank (comparable to an ATAR) based on your GPA.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice. If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with higher education study, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and

  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and

  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

Personal statement

If you have been excluded from a program due to academic progress you are encouraged to submit a personal statement outlining the strategies you will adopt to ensure academic success.

If you are applying to RMIT through VTAC you can complete and submit the VTAC personal statement via your online VTAC account.

If you are applying direct to RMIT you can upload your completed personal statement via your online direct application.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • This program has been recognised as being under-represented by female applicants. Additional adjustment factors may apply to those applying to category 1 of the Special Entry Access Scheme or RMIT access application.
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) score (including any adjustment factors).

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent qualification) and meet the stated prerequisites. 

Work and life experience does not provide any additional consideration for entry to this program. You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice. If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with work or life experience, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and

  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and

  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Subject adjustments

BH101AMS, BH101BI, BH101BT, BH101CH, BH101CS, BH101ES, BH101FS, BH101GS & BH101PH: 
  • A study score of 25 in any Information Technology or any Science equals 2 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 8 points.

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • This program has been recognised as being under-represented by female applicants. Additional adjustment factors may apply to those applying to category 1 of the Special Entry Access Scheme or RMIT access application.
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Additional information

View the ATAR profile and selection rank from students offered a place into this program wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most relevant recent intake period.

The student profile provides insight into the likely peer group for this program.

*ATAR refers to the lowest selection rank to which an offer was made (including consideration of any adjustments) for current and recent Year 12 applicants.

RMIT is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your undergraduate study options. Find out more about admission to RMIT.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 75% (see calculator below).

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.

Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.

Entry score calculator
Minimum Score Required

Don’t meet the requirements?

Higher Mathematics; or Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4 in Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics, with a study score of at least 25.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

To study this course you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

Understanding pathways

Even though there are no formal pathways into this course, there are often other ways you can gain entry. For more information, use our Pathways finder or contact Study@RMIT to discuss your options.

Even though there are no formal pathways into this course, there are often other ways you can gain entry.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

When you successfully complete this program, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT postgraduate program or RMIT Masters by Research or Doctoral (PhD) program.

You can gain entry to this degree from RMIT Foundation Studies or a range of vocational study programs.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

When you successfully complete this program, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT postgraduate program or RMIT Masters by Research or Doctoral (PhD) program.

Fees

2023 indicative fees

In 2022, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$4,124 to AU$15,142*.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$326 maximum fee for 2023.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

You may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

New government eligibility rules in 2022 - low completion rates

From 2022, there are new government rules about eligibility for higher education student funding as part of the Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates legislation. If you're starting a program in or after 2022 and are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or have a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, these changes affect you. For details, please see Low completion rate and government funding.

If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.

How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?

The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package

The fees in the table below apply to students who commence their program in 2023. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Each course (subject) falls into a band. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.

Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.

You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2023 for commencing students

Student contribution band by course (subject)

Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2023

Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture $4,124 per standard year
$515 per standard (12 credit point) course
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology $8,301 per standard year
$1,037 per standard (12 credit point) course
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science $11,800 per standard year
$1,475 per standard (12 credit point) course
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture $15,142 per standard year
$1,892 per standard (12 credit point) course

HECS-HELP Loans

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.

You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2023 is $326. 

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

The annual tuition fee for 2023 is AU$37,440.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2023 commencement is AU$149,760.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

Use our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the application process and its equity access schemes, find out how to accept or defer your offer or request a leave of absence, discover information about your fees, refunds and scholarships, and explore the various student support and advocacy services, as well as how to find out more about your preferred program, and more.

This program is not available to local (domestic) students.

If you are an international student please select 'switch to international' below to view the information about this program.

 

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.