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Natural and Physical Sciences, M.Phil.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #201 (WUR) , | , | Online
The Natural and Physical Sciences program from James Cook University is a research degree designed for graduates from science and related disciplines who wish to pioneer new knowledge and present the culmination of their research via a thesis.

About

You will do an integrated research project that culminates in the submission of a thesis and demonstrates the capacity for critical analysis and original research.

JCU research areas include:

  • Botany
  • Chemical sciences
  • Climate change
  • Earth sciences
  • Ecology and evolution
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Marine biology
  • Marine ecology
  • Marine science
  • Mathematical sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular and cell biology
  • Oceanography
  • Palaeontology
  • Physics
  • Sustainability
  • Zoology

This is a two year full-time Natural and Physical Sciences program from James Cook University offered both on and off campus.

Graduates of a Masters Degree (Research) will have:

Knowledge:

  • A body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in one or more disciplines
  • Advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning.

Skills

  • Cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and its application
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  • Cognitive and technical skills to design, use and evaluate research and research methods
  • Communication and technical skills to present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge.

Accreditation

Programme Structure

Course structure:

  • Planning the Research: Masters Candidates
  • Situating the Research: Masters Candidates
  • Master of Philosophy Research Thesis (Natural and Physical Sciences)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
    • Duration description
      • Only for national students
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    86

    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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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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 (Grade B2):

    176

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

CRICOS code: 081373M

  • All applicants must normally demonstrate academic capacity at a satisfactory level (Grade Point Average of Credit or equivalent) in their final year of coursework study that was used as part of the basis for admission.
  • If the proposed research involves working with children under 18 years of age, the applicant must be eligible to hold a ‘Positive Notice for Child Related Employment’ (Blue Card), as required by law and the University’s ethics approval process.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    38960 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38960 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Townsville

  • 1500 - 2800 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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