Social Science

James Cook University

18 months
32280 AUD/year
6684 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Social Sciences program from James Cook University is a leader in empirical learning with a focus on contemporary social economic and environmental issues in tropical societies. JCU students learn about the critical processes of transformation that will shape communities’ and environments’ future wellbeing.


During this 1.5 year full-time (or part-time equivalent) master’s course, JCU postgraduate social science students study a combination of core subjects and specialist electives, deepening their knowledge in their selected major. All major streams include a research thesis.

The Social Sciences program from James Cook University focusses on equipping students with the knowledge and practical skills to work towards solving complex contemporary issues of social policy, governance, cultural heritage, and resource management. JCU students benefit from a unique learning environment, dedicated to the advancement of Asia-Pacific and Tropical societies.

Career opportunities

A JCU Master of Social Science equips students with the knowledge, skills and strategies that provide the key proficiencies for a broad range of occupations. Postgraduate students have the advanced capability to identify complex problems and pose creative solutions to social and environmental challenges facing societies around the world.

The skills gained from a JCU Master of Social Science are sought by organisations such as government agencies, the education sector, industry and commerce, and indigenous organisations.

Job opportunities include:

  • Public health services policy analysis and development
  • Research roles that involve analysis and critical evaluation of social systems, institutions, structures and practices
  • Advocacy for diverse social sciences-related programs

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Post-Graduate Research Methods for the Social Sciences
  • Social Science Coursework Masters Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits


On Campus

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: 072634C, DE

  • AQF level 7 bachelor degree in social sciences with GPA 5.0 or AQF level 8 qualification, both completed within 5 years of application
  • 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

    32280 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32280 AUD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    6684 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6684 AUD per year and a duration of 18 months.


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