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Masters study in Australasia

Study abroad doesn’t often come much more ‘abroad’ than Australasia, the combined region of Australia and New Zealand (Oceania also includes various other pacific islands). The land down-under isn’t just a destination for holiday-makers and gap-year students. It’s also a popular global higher education hub, with some of the world’s top international universities.

If you’re interested in studying a Masters in Australasia, you can learn more using the guides within this section. We’ve put together advice on postgraduate study in Australia and New Zealand that includes the information you need to know: from course structure to fees and visa requirements.

On this page you can find the answers to a few more general questions about postgraduate study down under.

How popular is Masters study in Australasia?

The flight-times might be intimidating, but you’ll probably be surprised at just how many students make the journey to study a Masters in Australasia.

Australia itself is the fourth most popular destination for study abroad, with nearly 250,000 international students. Meanwhile, New Zealand attracts a healthy 40,000 plus (which isn’t at all bad for a country with only eight research universities!).

Are universities in Australia and New Zealand well ranked?

Australian universities do well in world rankings, with several institutions usually placing in the top 200 and some in the top 50 worldwide. New Zealand’s top universities also place within the top 200 in most years.

In addition to their placement in overall tables, both countries are very well represented in more targeted rankings. For example, the Times Higher Education’s top 100 under 50 ranking of new universities features no less than 15 Australian universities, as well as two institutions in New Zealand. This performance speaks to the innovation and vitality of Australasia’s relatively young higher education sector.

How expensive are Masters degrees in Australasia and New Zealand?

The cost of studying in Australasia varies, both between the two main countries themselves and between their individual universities. As a rule, prices in New Zealand are more consistent, whereas the cost of a Masters at different Australian universities can sometimes differ quite dramatically.

Both countries can be quite expensive study destinations, but they also offer a wide range of scholarships – many of them intended specifically for international students.

If you’re looking for detailed information on the cost of studying a Masters in Australasia you can also check out our dedicated guides to Masters fees and funding in Australia and New Zealand.

Where can I find out more about studying a Masters in Australasia?

For more information about Masters degrees in Australia and New Zealand, check out the study guides in this section. There you’ll find a comprehensive breakdown of each country’s higher education system and the postgraduate opportunities they offer.

If you’re from the UK or Ireland, you can also find helpful information at the Study Options website. Study Options are the official representatives of Australian and New Zealand universities for British students. They’ve partnered with FindAMasters to help produce our guides and can help answer further questions as well as provide advice on your application.

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