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Rural and Remote Medicine, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #201 (WUR) Online
If you are a health professional with a passion for serving rural and remote communities, this postgraduate degree will advance your academic and clinical expertise. In the Rural and Remote Medicine program from James Cook University, you will gain the skills and knowledge to meet the unique health needs of rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical communities.


Consider this Rural and Remote Medicine program from James Cook University if you are interested in:

  • Furthering your knowledge and skills in rural and remote medicine and health or developing clinical expertise in rural medicine, health professional education and research skills?
  • Learning more about primary health care, tropical medicine, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, aeromedical medicine, humanitarian medicine or diving medicine?
  • Finding out about teaching and supervision for increasing numbers of health students who request placements with you?
  • Designing, implementing, communicating and reflecting upon a research project that is relevant to rural and remote medical practice.
You will be able to access new teaching facilities, including a medical research laboratory. JCU’s research partnerships with Indigenous Australian communities and international organisations will enrich your study experience. You can also benefit from our clinical school in Cairns, Mackay, Atherton and the Northern Territory.

Career opportunities

There are a variety of rewarding career opportunities, including: clinical supervisors and teachers, medical educators, developing new clinical skills, rural generalist skills for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

Pathways are designed for experienced and registered health practitioners and for junior doctors and international medical graduates.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Rural or Remote Medicine
  • Rural and Remote Medicine Reflections on Practice
  • Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions
  • Research Methodologies for Health Professionals
  • Communication and Collaboration in Rural and Remote Medicine
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Research Project 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Duration description
      • Only for national students
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

Applicants must be registered health practitioners with AHPRA; and

  • be experienced rural health practitioners; or
  • have completed, or be enrolled in, a training program in rural medicine or general practice as certified by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine or by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; or
  • be a current student of an Australian Medical Council (AMC) accredited medicine program and have their enrolment approved by the Course Coordinator and College Dean; or
  • be a practising international rural health practitioner and have the enrolment approved by the Course Coordinator and College Dean

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31400 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31400 AUD per year and a duration of 18 months.
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