As a JCU PhD candidate, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake focused research in the tropics. You’ll explore and generate new knowledge to meet the social, environmental and sustainability challenges facing tropical communities.
Work closely with experienced advisors to identify a research question, design and implement a project, analyse the results and document the research as a thesis. The PhD generally has no required coursework, although some can be taken as an option.
Manage your project challenges and timeline pressures with structured milestones built into the program. Benefit from professional development activities, participate in international conferences and publish your work along the way.
Graduates of the Natural and Physical Sciences program from James Cook University 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.
- Cognitive skills to demonstrate expert understanding of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that theory and practice
- Cognitive skills and use of intellectual independence to think critically, evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake systematic investigation and reflect on theory and practice to generate original knowledge
- Expert technical and creative skills applicable to the field of work or learning
- Communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions
- Communication skills to present cogently a complex investigation of originality or original research for external examination against international standards and to communicate results to peers and the community
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
DisciplinesPhysics Chemistry Natural Sciences View 4 other PhDs in Natural Sciences in Australia
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
CRICOS Code: 081389C
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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.
International39120 AUD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 39120 AUD per year during 48 months.
Living costs for Townsville
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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