Tuition Fee Structure

There are two types of fee structures at the University of Canterbury - Banded Fees or Special (Set) Programme Fees.

International Fees are set in April for the following year while Domestic Fees are set in October.

Banded Fees

Banded fees apply to

  • Domestic undergraduate qualifications
  • International undergraduate qualifications
  • Domestic postgraduate qualifications

The tables below show the tuition fees for one year of full-time study (120 points) comprised entirely of courses from the specified band for both domestic and international students. 

You can enrol in courses from a range of subject areas (in different bands) and may enrol for more or less than 120 points.  This means the total tuition fees you pay per year will depend on which courses you choose, whether you are a domestic or international student, and whether you are studying at undergraduate or postgraduate level. 

Notes:

  • All fees are inclusive of NZ GST, or any equivalent overseas tax
  • Non-tuition fees will apply

 

Band Subject Areas 2021
Based on
120 Points
2021
Based on
15 Points
1 Arts, Social Science, Education $6,281 $785
2 Business, Accountancy, Law $6,648 $831
3 Non-Bench Science, Fine Arts, Music, Computer Science, Theatre & Film, Computational Maths $7,015 $877
4 Bench Science, Antarctic Studies, Health Science $7,281 $910
5 Engineering, Forestry $7,884 $986
6 Information Systems $6,880 $860
7 Communication Disorders $7,828 $979
8 Ecology $7,562 $945
9 Mathematics, Statistics, Art Curatorship $6,306 $788

 

Band Subject Areas 2020
Based on
120 points
2020
Based on
15 points

2021
Based on
120 points

2021
Based on
15 points

1 Arts and Social Sciences $27,000 $3,375 $28,000 $3,500
2 Business and Accountancy $29,500 $3,688 $31,000 $3,875
3 Fine Arts and Law $32,000 $4,000 $33,600 $4,200
4 Science (including non-bench and Health Sciences) $34,000 $4,250 $35,500 $4,450
5 Engineering $44,000 $5,500 $44,000 $5,500
7 Communication Disorders and Forestry $38,400  $4,800 $39,500 $4,950

Domestic students - Postgraduate Study (Taught and Research)

Postgraduate study is broken down further with differing costs depending if it is taught- or a research-based course.

Due to the flexibility in combinations of taught and research based postgraduate study, there is a variety of fee possibilities depending on which route you decide. The fees for postgraduate study are based on taught prices (these are slightly more expensive therefore showing the upper possibility of the band). If you are studying research-based courses, an indication on the difference can be seen on the tables below.

Tuition fees for thesis based study is based on 120 points per year. If your thesis takes longer than one year, you will be invoiced for each additional quarter. This is not a total set programme fee.

Postgraduate estimates are indicative only and dependent on individual preferences and programme structure. 

Please note: Fees are based on one academic year of study and therefore if your qualification takes longer, you will be subject to price increases in subsequent year(s). 

Postgraduate - Taught Course Fees

BAND SUBJECT AREAS 2021
Fee FOR
120 POINTS
2021
FEE FOR 
15 POINTS
1 Arts, Social Science, Education $7,618 $952
2 Business, Accountancy, Law $7,938 $992
3 Non-Bench Science, Fine Arts, Music, Computer Science, Theatre & Film, Computational Maths $8,264 $1,033
4 Bench Science, Antarctic Studies, Health Science $8,525 $1,066
5 Engineering, Forestry $8,911 $1,114
6 Information Systems $8,044 $1,006
7 Communication Disorders $8,867 $1,108
8 Ecology $8,635 $1,079
9 Mathematics, Statistics, Art Curatorship $7,996 $1,000

Postgraduate - Research Course Fees

BAND SUBJECT AREAS 2021
FEE For
120 POINTS
 
1 Arts, Social Science, Education  $7,099  
2 Business, Accountancy, Law  $7,432  
3 Non-Bench Science, Fine Arts, Music, Computer Science, Theatre & Film, Computational Maths  $7,768  
4 Bench Science, Antarctic Studies, Health Science  $8,035  
5 Engineering, Forestry  $8,552  
6 Information Systems  $7,641  
7 Communication Disorders  $8,503  
8 Ecology  $8,262  
9 Mathematics, Statistics, Art Curatorship  $7,429  

Note: International Postgraduate Fees are Set Fees

Examples of Banded Tuition Fee calculations

Example 1

An undergraduate domestic student in their first year of a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) might pay the following tuition fees in 2021:

Example 1 Tuition Fees Calculation


Example 2 

An undergraduate international student taking the same courses will pay the following tuition fees in 2021:

Example 2 Tuition Fees Calculation

Example 3

A domestic student studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) with a major in Environmental Science might pay the following tuition fees in 2021:

Example 3 Tuition Fees Calculation

 

Special (Set) Programme Fees

There are a number of qualifications that have a Set Programme Fee which means you pay a set amount for the programme regardless of which courses you choose or how long you take to complete the qualification.

Please note:
All students are required to pay non-tuition fees each academic year in addition to the programme fees.
All fees are inclusive of NZ GST, or any equivalent overseas tax.

International Students

All international qualifications have a Set Programme Fee which must be paid before commencement of study. The following programmes are exceptions, where fees are paid annually and are subject to annual price increases:

  • Bachelor degrees
  • 240 point Masters qualifications taught over 24 months

Domestic Students

The following programmes have a Set Programme Fee for domestic students:

Undergraduate:

  • Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching
  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary)
  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary)
  • Certificate in University Preparation
  • STAR Courses

Postgraduate:

  • Master of Applied Finance and Economics
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Information Systems
  • Master of Business Management
  • Master of Engineering in Management
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
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