Master of Science

Course code

106904

Version

3

Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Course Structure

Candidature

Progression

Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in Science; or equivalent.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements

Nil

Special admission requirements

Nil

Post Admission requirements

Some majors require attendance at block mode subjects on either the Townsville or Cairns campus.  Students may be required to attend block mode classes at a campus other than that at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Nil

Additional completion requirements

Nil

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced level of scientific knowledge from with their chosen major

  • Critically analyse scientific theory, models, concepts and techniques from within their chosen major

  • Critically read and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research findings from within their chosen major

  • Apply analytic tools and methodologies to define and describe scientific problems from within their chosen major

  • Communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing.

Course Structure

OPTIONS

Select a discipline area (major)

MAJORS

Type of major

Mandatory

Single

Credit points in major

36 credit points

Special requirements

Nil

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aquaculture Science and Technology

Townsville

 

Environmental Earth Science

Cairns

Townsville

 

Environmental Marine Science

Townsville (Suspended 2015-2017)

 

Fisheries Biology and Management

Townsville

 

Marine Biology and Ecology

Townsville

 

Mathematics and Statistics

Townsville (Suspended July 2012 – 2015)

 

Natural Resource Management

Cairns

Townsville

 

Physics

Townsville (Suspended July 2012 – 2015)

 

Protected Area Management

Cairns

Townsville

 

Tropical Agriculture

Cairns (Suspended 2013 – 2015)

Townsville (Suspended 2013 – 2015)

 

Tropical Biology and Conservation

Townsville

 

Zoology and Ecology

Cairns

 

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

5 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points, unless part of an approved articulation process.

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Nil

Award Details

Award title

MASTER OF SCIENCE

Approved abbreviations

MSc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major studied shall appear on the testamur.

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed the appropriate number of credit points, may, depending on the subjects studied, be eligible to receive the award of either the Graduate Certificate of Science or the Graduate Diploma of Science.

Course articulation

Not applicable