18 months
41200 AUD/year
30160 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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Learn from research and industry experts and diversify your knowledge studying the unique environments of North Queensland, including coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves, dry savannahs and tropical rainforests. The Master of Science is offered at James Cook University. 


Career Opportunities

  • Graduates from the Master of Science offered at James Cook University are well regarded and highly skilled. You will have the potential to find employment in a wide range of industries in Australia and internationally.
  • Depending on your area of specialisation, you could work across the public or private sector for business, government, education, research or not for profit agencies.
  • You could find employment in roles such as biologist, conservation agent, educator, environmental manager, field or laboratory technician, geologist, research scientist, resource consultant, or science communicator.
  • Students seeking a pathway to full research degrees or a substantive placement program should apply for the Master of Science (Professional) degree from the outset. Subjects completed in the Master of Science degree can be credited towards the Master of Science (Professional). 

Programme Structure


  • 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

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Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS Code: 074894M 

  • AQF Level 7 bachelor degree in science with minimum GPA of 5.0; or equivalent
  • US: Satisfactory completion of one year at a recognised university with a minimum GPA of 2.8. Students with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.7 will be considered for the study abroad program.
  • Germany: Successful completion of six months of study at a recognised German university with an overall grade of Pass or successful completion of Abitur, Fachhochschulreife or Reifezeugnis.
  • Sweden: Successful completion of Upper Secondary School or Kommunal vuxenutbildning with a minimum GPA of 12.
  • Norway: Successful completion of at least six months of study at a recognised higher education institution in Norway; or successful completion of Norwegian Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skolen with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • Denmark: Successful completion of one semester of study at a recognised higher education institution in Denmark with an overall grade of Pass (average of D).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    41200 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 41200 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    30160 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30160 AUD per year during 18 months.

Estimated annual Commonwealth Supported Fee for domestic students for a full-time study load $8,021.00

Living costs for Townsville

1500 - 2800 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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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