Rural and Remote Medicine

James Cook University

Master Online
18 months
31400 AUD/year
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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.

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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 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


36 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
94 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

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

Tuition Fee

  • International

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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