James Cook University

Introduction

James Cook University (JCU) is the second oldest university in Queensland and Australia’s leading
university in the tropics. Offering excellence in teaching and research, JCU is a vibrant, multicampus university with its main sites in the tropical Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns, and modern city campuses in Singapore and Brisbane. Courses are also delivered through our education partners in Asia and the Pacific. Total student enrolments are more than 18,000 and growing, including over 5,000 international students from 100 countries. There are over 300 programs available to international students to study at JCU.

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Global quality degrees


James Cook University offers a full range of courses spanning the arts and humanities, business, creative arts, education, engineering, health sciences, information technology, law, marine biology, medicine, sciences, social sciences and veterinary science. This broad range of study areas
means you can usually combine areas of personal interest into a customised study plan. Our degrees are accredited by leading professional organisations and are internationally recognised.

Practical focus

JCU courses will give you opportunities for hands-on experience from internships, vacation placements, and realworld projects with business, industry and government organisations, to field trips in the natural environments of northern Queensland. JCU works with employers and industry groups to make sure our courses reflect best industry practice.

Supportive study environment

JCU recognises that knowledge has the power to change lives and strives to create a student
centred learning environment where students learn to take full advantage of their university
experience. With friendly campuses, smaller class sizes, accessible teaching staff, and
excellent support services including study skills and student mentor programs, our students
receive the personal attention they need to achieve their best.

Teaching excellence

Study with us and you will learn from expert teachers. Over the past five years, JCU academics
have won more than 31 citations for teaching excellence from the Australian Teaching and Learning Council – more teaching awards than many larger universities. JCU teaching staff are highly qualified and dedicated. Innovation in the use of teaching styles and technologies is fundamental to JCU’s approach to teaching.

Graduates and discoveries that make a difference

James Cook University is about people and place, and we adopt new methods, new approaches
and new technologies to help our students develop the skills, abilities and knowledge base they need to succeed. We bring a diverse array of knowledge, skills and experience through our staff and the broader community to fulfil the potential of our University.

Research intensive


As a leading research university, JCU provides excellent facilities for teaching and learning. The unique location of James Cook University allows nationally significant and internationally-recognised research to be conducted by both staff and students. Much research focus is based on the industries and environments of northern Australia including marine biology, biodiversity, tropical environmental studies, earth sciences/geology, engineering, tropical health and tourism.
Total research related income at JCU reached $45.91 million in 2009, including funding from government, competitive grants and industry. This is expected to rise strongly in the coming years. JCU is a member of the national alliance, Innovative Research Universities and is one of the world’s leading research universities in the tropics.

A natural choice for study

Significant for JCU students in Australia is the university’s unique natural location. Visitors and
residents enjoy a huge range of leisure activities including diving on the Great Barrier Reef, visiting the ancient rainforests and waterfalls in the many national parks, bushwalking, camping, fishing and visiting historic outback regions or the picturesque farming villages of the Atherton Tablelands. Students at the Brisbane campus will experience one of Australia’s most liveable cities and have easy access to the coastal regions of the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. At JCU’s Singapore campus, students will experience quality Australian education in a dynamic yet safe Asian metropolis.

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Programs

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Master

Master of Conflict Management and Resolution

Campus Full time Part time 2 years July 2017 Australia Townsville + 1 more

Gain an advanced understanding of conflict and disputes and learn practical techniques to facilitate successful resolution and strong business relationships. [+]

Master of Conflict Management and Resolution

Gain an advanced understanding of conflict and disputes and learn practical techniques to facilitate successful resolution and strong business relationships.Conflict and dispute resolution skills are now recognised as essential for business relationships to function on small, large, national, international and community levels.Managers and professionals of today deal with dispute and conflict as an everyday element of work. Organisations are placing increased value on mediation, relationship development and conflict resolution skills in the workplace.

Master of Conflict Management and Resolution explores cause and effect of conflict and focuses on developing advanced critical analysis, negotiation, mediation, relationship management and conflict resolution strategies across a range of dispute contexts.... [-]


Master of Development Practice

Campus Full time Part time 2 years February 2017 Australia Cairns + 1 more

Learn the skills and knowledge to tackle the global challenges of poverty, health, conservation, climate change and agriculture. [+]

Master of Development Practice

The Master of Development Practice is a new two-year degree that provides graduate-level students with the skills and knowledge to identify and address the global development challenges of poverty alleviation, health, conservation, climate change and agriculture.

Course Highlights Last semester allocated for practical work in an overseas developing country location. Broad, multidisciplinary program that includes field experience opportunities in northern Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea where students will work in teams to tackle real-world problems. The special challenges to sustainable development in tropical forest and coastal regions will be addressed through a focus on insular South East Asia and the Pacific The course will provide students with the tools they need to understand and address the root causes of extreme poverty while also preserving the environment for future generations. ... [-]

Master of Information Technology

Campus Full time 1.5 years July 2017 Australia Townsville Cairns + 1 more

The Master of Information Technology is designed for information technology and computer science graduates and recognised I.T. professionals who seek to further [+]

Master of Information Technology 

Join one of the world’s most dynamic and interesting industries and become a professional who is in demand across all sectors of the economy in Australia and overseas.The Master of Information Technology is designed for information technology and computer science graduates and recognised I.T. professionals who seek to further their knowledge and skills in computing, programming, networking and business.

James Cook University offers two majors for students to choose from:

Interactive technologies and game design - A degree for information technology and computer science graduates and recognised I.T. professionals who seek to further their knowledge and skills in advanced computing, programming, Interactive Technologies and Games Design. Computing and Networking - A degree for information technology and computer science graduates and recognised I.T. professionals who seek to further their knowledge and skills in advanced computing, programming, information systems and networking. ... [-]

Master of Philosophy – Science (Research)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years January 2017 Australia Townsville Cairns + 2 more

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) offers postgraduate research supervision on a smaller scale than the PhD, towards which it can provide a pathway. [+]

Master of Philosophy – Science (Research)

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) offers postgraduate research supervision on a smaller scale than the PhD, towards which it can provide a pathway.

It culminates in the submission of a thesis that demonstrates the capacity for critical analysis and original research.It is a two year full-time program offered both on and off campus.

 

JCU offers four categories of Master of Philosophy - Science:

Agriculture, Environment and Related Studies Architecture and Building Engineering and Related Technologies Natural and Physical Sciences

 

Your research topic

Applicants need to discuss their proposed research topic with an appropriate research supervisor.... [-]


Master of Professional Accounting

Campus Full time Part time 2 years July 2017 Australia Townsville Cairns + 2 more

The Master of Professional Accounting delivers accredited courses to graduate students in key areas of accounting and finance. Become a qualified accountant and enjoy the benefits of a stable, financially rewarding career that is always in demand. [+]

Master of Professional Accounting

Become a qualified accountant and enjoy the benefits of an interesting, financially rewarding career that is always in demand. Accounting is a vital business role, critical to efficient economic function around the world.

The Master of Professional Accounting delivers accredited courses to graduate students in key areas of accounting and finance. On completing the MPA, graduates are eligible to apply for associate membership of CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Students undertake subjects spanning the full spectrum of business skills including accounting, economics, business law, taxation, statistics, human relations, finance, marketing leadership and strategy, to ensure they have all the skills and knowledge necessary to fulfil the complex role of an accountant.... [-]


Master of Social Work - Professional Qualifying

Campus Full time Part time 2 years February 2017 Australia Cairns Townsville + 2 more

The Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) offers students with an existing undergraduate degree the opportunity to undertake study leading to a professionally accredited social work degree, recognised by the Australian Association of Social Workers. [+]

Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

The Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) enables students with an existing undergraduate degree to undertake study leading to a professionally accredited social work degree, recognised by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Students will develop knowledge and skills necessary for professional practice in a range of practice fields, and the course has a very strong practical component, with students completing two field education placements.

The course offers maximum study flexibility with a range of delivery modes. Students studying in limited attendance mode are supported through print and online materials as well as annual, compulsory, on-campus residential workshops.... [-]


Master of Tropical Urban and Regional Planning

Campus Full time 18 months July 2017 Australia Townsville Cairns + 1 more

Designed for planners in urban, shire and regional settings. Provides scope for allied professionals to widen their knowledge in the field of planning. [+]

Master of Tropical Urban and Regional Planning

JCU’s tropical urban and regional planning programs are designed for planners in urban, shire and regional settings. They also provide scope for allied professionals to widen their knowledge in the field of planning.

Emphasis is placed on the interactions of humans and the environment, and the particular characteristics of settlements and issues in remote and tropical environments.

The course has been designed in consultation with the Planning Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Australian Institute of Architects, and state and commonwealth departments and organisations. The Master of Applied Science is professionally accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia.... [-]


MSc

Master of Science - Marine Biology and Ecology

Campus Full time 3 semesters July 2017 Australia Townsville

Marine Biology at JCU excels in the study of tropical shallow water marine systems with emphasis on coral reefs and surrounding waters, seagrass, mangrove assemblages [+]

Master of Science - Marine Biology and Ecology

 

Marine Biology at JCU excels in the study of tropical shallow water marine systems with emphasis on coral reefs and surrounding waters, seagrass, mangrove assemblages and the adjacent sandy and rocky shores. Marine biology is the study of organisms in the marine environment.

Who is this course for?

You will develop expertise in marine ecology, conservation biology, and the biology, life history and taxonomy of tropical marine organisms. This is a flexible course offering you a range of electives so you can tailor a study program to meet your professional needs and interests.

 

How you will study

Preliminary coursework subjects are offered in the main study periods. Many subjects involve independent research projects and field trips. More advanced subjects are offered by block mode, which are 2-week intensive sessions on campus or at JCU’s research stations.... [-]


Master of Science - Natural Resource Management

Campus Full time 1.5 years July 2017 Australia Townsville Cairns + 1 more

A coursework program in natural resource management for those graduates wishing to extend their knowledge and expertise in the management of the interactions of humans and their environment. [+]

Master of Science (Natural Resource Management)

Coursework programs in natural resource management provide professional development for those wishing to extend their knowledge and expertise in the management of the interactions of humans and their environment.

JCU’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences has an established reputation for research in tropical environments and natural resource management. Our programs take full advantage of the North Queensland environment with many field trip opportunities.

What is natural resource management?

Natural resource management focuses on the way people and natural landscapes interact. It also deals with the sustainability of our environment.... [-]


Master of Science - Protected Area Management

Campus Full time 18 months July 2017 Australia Townsville Cairns + 1 more

This course provides specialist training in the background, principles, techniques and practices of protected area management with particular emphasis on tropical environments. [+]

Master of Science (Protected Area Management)

This course provides specialist training in the background, principles, techniques and practices of protected area management with particular emphasis on tropical environments.

 

What is protected area management?

Protected areas include marine and terrestrial national parks and World Heritage Areas. The protection of these areas is dependent upon their continued management. There are over 120,000 protected areas worldwide, and their success depends on how well they are managed.

Who is this course for?

This program provides specialist training for science graduates already working in this area (national parks and world heritage listed areas), or people wanting to work in this field.... [-]


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