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James Cook University (JCU)

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Doctor of Philosophy

  • Doctorate (PhD)

Develop high level independent research skills while making an original contribution of knowledge.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
4 years full-time
Course Code
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Study Mode
Online, In person

About this course

Develop high level independent research skills while making an original contribution of knowledge.

Entry requirements

Previous research qualification or equivalent

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Career pathways

JCU Doctor of Philosophy graduates are internationally recognised as experts who discover valuable new knowledge in their fields.

The future for PhD graduates is diverse. The skills you develop during your PhD allow you to gain a toolkit for theoretical and practical approaches to problems and innovation with social and commercial impact. This will allow you to take on leadership roles across industry, government and academic sectors in a range of roles and contexts including researcher, practitioner, and research manager.

How to apply

To be eligible for entry, applicants must have attained at least one of the following:

a) a Bachelor's degree with at least Second Class, Division A (Honours) in a degree program that included a total of at least a semester of supervised project work, the results of which contributed to the Honours grade;

b) a postgraduate qualification which included: (a) supervised research component(s) of at least one semester or equivalent and resulted in the production of output(s) graded at the equivalent of Distinction or better, and (b) at least one research methods subject;

c) a Research Masters degree, where at least two thirds of the degree consisted of a supervised research component and resulted in the production of a thesis or equivalent;

d) enrolment at this or another Australian university in a higher degree by research for the equivalent of at least 0.5 EFTSL with demonstrated satisfactory performance in the supervised research component(s);

e) a combination of qualifications, research training and experience, considered equivalent to the above by the Dean of the College to which the Candidate is applying, e.g., senior authorship of at least one peer-reviewed publication plus completion of an appropriate research methods subject.

Visit the Graduate Research School website for more information, and then complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

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