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Postgraduate courses

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Enhance your leadership skills through JCU postgraduate study. Strengthen your ability to make independent, ethical judgements and be an effective, responsible leader.

Learn in environments designed to prepare you for professional positions. Receive a world-class education with state-of-the-art facilities and the latest in advanced technology.

Expand employability opportunities. A focus on developing professional skills for career advancement produces graduates who are highly regarded for their insight and knowledge.

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Graduate Certificate

CourseDurationMode
Graduate Certificate of Accounting6 months full timeInternal; External
Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval12 months part-timeInternal
Graduate Certificate of Animal Sciences6 months full timeInternal
Graduate Certificate of Business Administration6 months full timeInternal
Graduate Certificate of Business Administration Global8 months part-timeExternal; Mixed
Graduate Certificate of Career Development8 monthsExternal
Graduate Certificate of Conflict Management and Resolution1 year part-timeExternal
Graduate Certificate of Data Science8 months part-timeExternal
Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education8 months part-timeMixed
Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Studies8 months part-timeMixed
Graduate Certificate of Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance12 months part-timeMixed
Graduate Certificate of Global Development6 months full timeInternal; External
Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education1 year part-timeExternal
Graduate Certificate of Infection Control1 year part-timeExternal
Graduate Certificate of Information Technology6 months full-timeInternal
Graduate Certificate of Nursing8 months part-timeExternal
Graduate Certificate of Pharmaceutical Public Health1 year part-timeExternal
Graduate Certificate of Public Health6 months full timeMixed; External
Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation1 year part-timeExternal
Graduate Certificate of Research Methods [Tropical Environments and Societies]6 months full timeInternal; External
Graduate Certificate of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine]6 months full timeInternal; External
Graduate Certificate of Science0.5 years full-timeInternal
Graduate Certificate of Travel Medicine6 months full timeMixed; External
Graduate Certificate of Tropical Veterinary Science6 months full-timeInternal

Graduate Diploma

CourseDurationMode
Graduate Diploma of Accounting1 year full timeInternal; External
Graduate Diploma of Animal Sciences1 year full timeInternal
Graduate Diploma of Business Administration Global16 months part-timeExternal; Mixed
Graduate Diploma of Data Science16 months part-timeExternal
Graduate Diploma of Global Development1 year full timeInternal; External
Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education2 years part-timeExternal
Graduate Diploma of Medical Science1 year full timeInternal
Graduate Diploma of Midwifery1.5 years part-timeMixed
Graduate Diploma of Nursing16 months part-timeExternal
Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics2 years part-timeMixed
Graduate Diploma of Psychology1 year full-timeInternal
Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging)20 months part-timeExternal
Graduate Diploma of Public Health and Tropical Medicine1 year full timeInternal; External
Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation1 year full-timeExternal
Graduate Diploma of Research Methods [Tropical Environments and Societies]1 year full timeInternal; External
Graduate Diploma of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine]1 year full timeInternal; External
Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine1 year full-timeInternal; External
Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice1 year full timeMixed; External
Graduate Diploma of Science1 year full-timeInternal
Graduate Diploma of Social Science1 year full-timeInternal
Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy1 year full-timeMixed
Graduate Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene1 year full-timeInternal; External
Graduate Diploma of Tropical Veterinary Science1 year full-timeInternal

Masters - Coursework

CourseDurationMode
Master of Animal Sciences1.5 years full timeInternal
Master of Business Administration1.5 years full timeInternal
Master of Business Administration (Leadership)2 years full-timeExternal; Internal
Master of Business Administration Global2 years part-timeExternal; Mixed
Master of Business Administration-Master of Conflict Management and Resolution2 years full-timeInternal; External
Master of Conflict Management and Resolution1.5 years full-timeInternal; External
Master of Data Science2 years full timeInternal
Master of Data Science [JCUOnline]2 years part-timeExternal; Mixed
Master of Education1.5 years full-timeExternal
Master of Engineering (Professional)2 years full timeInternal
Master of Global Development2 years full-timeExternal; Internal
Master of Governance and Leadership1.5 years full timeInternal; External
Master of Guidance and Counselling1.5 years full timeInternal; External
Master of Health Professional Education3 years part-timeExternal
Master of Information Technology2 years full-timeInternal
Master of Information Technology - Master of Business Administration2 years full-timeInternal
Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management2 years full-timeInternal
Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management - Master of Business Administration2 years full-timeInternal
Master of Medical Science2 years full timeInternal
Master of Nursing2 years part-timeExternal; Mixed
Master of Pharmaceutical Public Health1.5 years full-timeExternal
Master of Planning and Urban Design2 years full-timeInternal
Master of Professional Accounting2 years full timeInternal; External
Master of Professional Accounting - Master of Business Administration2 years full timeInternal; External
Master of Psychology (Clinical)2 years full-timeInternal
Master of Public Health1.5 years full-timeInternal; External
Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine1.5 years full timeInternal; External
Master of Public Health-Master of Business Administration2 years full-timeInternal; External
Master of Rehabilitation1.5 years full-timeExternal
Master of Rural and Remote Medicine1.5 years full-timeExternal
Master of Science1.5 years full-timeInternal
Master of Science (Professional)2 years full-timeInternal
Master of Social Science1.5 years full-timeExternal; Internal
Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)2 years full timeInternal; Mixed
Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary)2 years full-timeExternal; Internal
Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary)2 years full-timeInternal
Master of Tropical Veterinary Science1.5 years full-timeInternal

Masters - Research

CourseDurationMode
Master of Philosophy (Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies)2 years full-timeExternal; Internal
Master of Philosophy (Architecture and Building)2 years full timeInternal; External
Master of Philosophy (Creative Arts)2 years full timeInternal; External
Master of Philosophy (Education)2 years full-timeExternal; Internal
Master of Philosophy (Engineering and Related Technologies)2 years full timeInternal; External
Master of Philosophy (Health)2 years full-timeExternal; Internal
Master of Philosophy (Indigenous)2 years full timeInternal; External
Master of Philosophy (Information Technology)2 years full-timeExternal; Internal
Master of Philosophy (Management and Commerce)2 years full-timeExternal; Internal
Master of Philosophy (Medical and Molecular Sciences)2 years full timeInternal
Master of Philosophy (Natural and Physical Sciences)2 years full timeInternal; External
Master of Philosophy (Society and Culture)2 years full-timeExternal; Internal

Doctorate - Research

CourseDurationMode
Doctor of Education [Research]4 years full timeInternal; External
Doctor of Health Professional Education [Research]4 years full-timeExternal; Internal
Doctor of Philosophy (Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies)4 years full-timeExternal; Internal
Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture and Building)4 years full timeInternal; External
Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Arts)4 years full timeInternal; External
Doctor of Philosophy (Education)4 years full-timeExternal; Internal
Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering and Related Technologies)4 years full timeInternal; External
Doctor of Philosophy (Health)4 years full-timeExternal; Internal
Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology)4 years full-timeExternal; Internal
Doctor of Philosophy (Management and Commerce)4 years full-timeExternal; Internal
Doctor of Philosophy (Medical and Molecular Sciences)4 years full timeInternal; External
Doctor of Philosophy (Natural and Physical Sciences)4 years full timeInternal; External
Doctor of Philosophy (Society and Culture)4 years full-timeExternal; Internal
Doctor of Tropical Environmental Management [Research]4 years full-timeInternal

Postgraduate study options explained

Graduate certificate

A graduate certificate is a more specialised qualification than a Bachelor's degree. It is a great option if you are seeking foundational knowledge and understanding in a specialist area, or if you are wanting to signal to employers that you are serious about improving your skills. A graduate certificate can also offer a pathway into a Master's degree. A graduate certificate will take approximately six months of full-time study to complete.

Graduate diploma

A graduate diploma will build on your existing knowledge and skills gained, and focuses on developing a specific skillset and practical knowledge in your chosen field. A graduate diploma can also be undertaken by those who would like to start a new career direction. Once you have completed your graduate diploma, you may be eligible to transfer into a relevant masters degree. A graduate diploma will take approximately one year of full-time study to complete.

Masters by coursework

A masters degree is an advanced study option that is designed to extend your professional understanding and knowledge in a particular subject area through a combination of lectures, classes and seminars. JCU postgraduate coursework programs often have flexible study options to suit busy lifestyles and fit in with your current employment situation. A coursework masters will take approximately 1.5 to two years of full-time study to complete.

Masters by research

During a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) you will undertake an original research piece in a specific area of interest, under supervision, and submit a thesis. At least two-thirds of the degree is devoted to research, research training, and independent study. Upon graduation, you’ll have a depth of expertise in a specific discipline and a range of skills that you can apply in your career. A Master of Philosophy will take approximately two years of full-time study.

Doctorate

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a highly-specialised degree that involves in-depth supervised research and study that may be undertaken in a range of fields. Learning is undertaken independently, with no lectures or classes to attend. You will submit a thesis and, upon completion, may pursue a career in academia. A Doctor of Philosophy will take approximately four years of full-time study.


Real stories

Meet Tiffany Nay, Master of Science in Marine Biology and Ecology

Harsh Perekh "The Master of Engineering (Professional) in IOT and data engineering gives me internationally recognised qualifications, which means I can work in a variety of places around the world. The best part of the degree is that it gives an overall picture of everything. So when I go to work in the industry I’ll have knowledge in each area."

Harsh Perekh  
International student. 1 year into the degree and from Mumbai, India


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