Doctor of Tropical Environmental Management [Research]

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Doctor of Tropical Environmental Management [Research]

The Doctor of Tropical Environmental Management is a research degree that integrates your professional experience with high-level applied research. It will provide you with the ongoing capacity to generate new knowledge and to apply intellectual independence in professional practice.

Townsville, Cairns
Start dates
January, July
4 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus

Course overview

The research component comprises two-thirds of the program and takes the form of a supervised research and/or development project, culminating in the submission of a thesis that makes a significant contribution to public health.

Your research topic

Applicants need to discuss their proposed research topic with an appropriate research advisor. To identify an appropriate advisor, use the Find an Advisor service from the Graduate Research School.

How to apply

Visit the Graduate Research School Prospective Students website for more information, and then:

Apply now through the Online Application Portal. Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Pathway into course

Previous professional experience is required for entry into this course.


Doctor of Tropical Environmental Management [Research]

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Doctorate by Research (AQF level 10)


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Requirements for admission can be found at HDR Degree Requirements

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements

Relevant professional experience, typically five years but must be a minimum of two years.

Special admission requirements

The course is conducted in collaboration with Charles Darwin University and the University of Queensland.  Students are expected to enrol in subjects at partner institutions -,

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

EFTSL to complete (equivalent full-time student load)


Course learning outcomes

Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will have:


  • A substantial body of knowledge at the frontier of a field of work or learning, including knowledge that constitutes an original contribution

  • Substantial knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning.


  • 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

  • Expert skills to design, implement, analyse, theorise and communicate research that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge and/or professional practice.

Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • With intellectual independence

  • With initiative and creativity in new situations and/or for further learning

  • With full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs

  • To plan and execute original research

  • With the ongoing capacity to generate new knowledge, including in the context of professional practice.

Course Structure



PD7636:00 Professional Doctorate Research Thesis (Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies)

RD7001:03 Planning the Research: Doctoral Candidates

RD7002:03 Situating the Research: Doctoral Candidates

RD7003:03 Professional Development: Doctoral Candidates

The candidate must submit a portfolio of research based on the equivalent of at least two years full-time research.  The research topic(s) will have an applied management and/or multidisciplinary focus.

The research portfolio will normally include:

(1) the outputs (preferably in the form of published or in press research papers) of a research project - equivalent to 18 months full-time (with 6 months placement) or two years full-time (with no placement), plus

(2) a synthesising introduction and discussion.

Note: If the 18 month research project option is chosen, the research outputs must also include the outputs arising from a one semester (full-time equivalent) professional placement (to be approved by the Course Coordinator).



Select 21 credit points of any level 5 or 6 subjects in a field of study that will complement existing professional experience or qualifications and research portfolio (as approved by the Course Coordinator).  This may include approved subjects from other universities such as Charles Darwin University and the University of Queensland.









Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

8.5 years

Maximum leave of absence

6 months


Supervising body

Research Education Sub-Committee (RESC)

Confirmation of candidature

See  HDR Degree Requirements


See  HDR Degree Requirements


See  HDR Degree Requirements

Subsumption of coursework subjects

Subsumption permitted

Maximum credit points of coursework subjects

21 credit points of non-core coursework subjects

Allowed coursework subjects

As approved by the Dean, Graduate Research School

Advanced Standing


A person admitted to candidature on the basis of previous enrolment in a research Masters degree relevant to the proposed Doctoral program, may be given advanced standing for work towards the Masters degree. In exceptional cases advanced standing may be given to a candidate for relevant research work undertaken at another university.

Maximum allowed

The amount of advanced standing to be awarded shall be determined by the RESC on the recommendation of the College Dean

Other restrictions

The University will not normally accept a candidate who has been enrolled at another institution for more than two years (full-time equivalent) or release a candidate who has been enrolled for more than two years (full-time equivalent).

Award Details

Award title

Doctor of Tropical Environmental Management

Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of field of research on testamur

The field of research shall not appear on the testamur.

Exit with a lesser award

After examination of the thesis, and subject to the requirements under HDR Degree Requirements, the RESC may approve the degree be not awarded but that the candidate be awarded an appropriate Masters degree.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.