James Cook University

18 months
39120 AUD/year
9527 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Science program from James Cook University is a leader in experiential learning. JCU students learn through practical experiences in diverse environments and work in award-winning teaching facilities. To broaden their perspectives, students can choose to study subjects in Singapore, the Galapagos, Thailand or Vietnam.


By evaluating global challenges, and designing and communicating solutions driven by disciplined innovation, JCU Science graduates are prepared for a changing future.

Students choose from seven majors and can select elective subjects within the same major, or from another discipline to enhance their learning. Only the Environmental Earth Science and Tropical Biology and Conservation majors are available at the Cairns campus.

The Master of Science program is offered by James Cook University.

Career opportunities

Gain significant employability skills to work as a science professional in Australia and internationally. JCU graduates work across the public or private sector for business, government, educational, research and not for profit agencies.

Develop your career as a:

  • Biologist
  • Conservation agent
  • Educator
  • Environmental manager
  • Field or laboratory technician
  • Geologist
  • Research scientist
  • Resource consultant
  • Science communicator

JCU students increase their employability by either diversifying their portfolio of subjects or deepening their areas of specialisations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Aquaculture Science and Technology
  • Environmental Earth Science
  • Environmental Management 
  • Fisheries Science and Management
  • Geology
  • Marine Biology
  • Tropical Biology and Conservation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits


On Campus

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.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).
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

CRICOS code: 074894M

  • Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in Science with a minimum GPA of 5 (65%) or equivalent.
  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39120 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39120 AUD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    9527 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9527 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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