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Indigenous Education and Research Centre

Master of Philosophy (Indigenous)

Townsville, Cairns
January, July
2 years full time
Part-time available
Attendance mode
Internal, External
Entry Requirements
See the handbook for details
Not applicable
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JCU Master of Philosophy (Indigenous) graduates are internationally recognised as experts who produce valuable new knowledge in their fields.

Graduates pursue careers in politics, Indigenous areas of corporate organisations, not-for-profit, media, research and education.

You could find employment as a research officer, policy advisor, community relations officer, journalist, Indigenous programs advisor, politician in Indigenous Affairs, academic, lecturer or school leadership positions. Graduates can also continue their independent research in a Doctor of Philosophy.

A JCU Master of Philosophy (Indigenous) provides exceptional students with the opportunity to complete a significant independent research thesis.

Identify and outline a relevant issue in your chosen research area. Develop advanced skills in research principles to plan and produce an original contribution to the field of Indigenous studies. Studies will culminate in a presentation of your thesis.

Benefit from the guided support of experienced supervisors, as well as access to resources across all disciplines and colleges at JCU. Engage and network with leading researchers, world-class lecturers, and fellow students.

Choose from a broad range of research areas to suit your professional qualifications and interests. Research areas include:

  • Indigenous studies, knowledge and culture
  • Indigenous community development
  • Indigenous intersections with other disciplines

Make a meaningful contribution to the future of Indigenous research and affairs. Master of Philosophy students are equipped with the critical skills required to work in research or to continue on to study a PhD.

View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects, as well as a list of available research areas.

To be eligible to apply for entry to a Research Masters degree an applicant must demonstrate the capacity to undertake research at the Research Masters level by the attainment of a Bachelor’s Degree with either a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.5 in the final full time year of study, or with demonstrated research experience.

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

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Master of Philosophy (Indigenous)

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Masters by Research (AQF 9)


Indigenous Education and Research Centre

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (Level 9) Guidelines for Masters degrees.

Requirements for admission can be found at HDR Degree Requirements

Students with a GPA below 5.5 in their final year of coursework study should contact the Indigenous Education and Research Centre to discuss pathways to admission.

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.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

EFTSL to complete (equivalent full-time student load)


Course learning outcomes

Graduates of a Masters Degree (Research) will have:


  • A body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in one or more disciplines

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


  • Cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and its application

  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice

  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level

  • Cognitive and technical skills to design, use and evaluate research and research methods

  • Communication and technical skills to present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences

  • Technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge.

Graduates of a Masters Degree (Research) will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

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

  • With high level personal autonomy and accountability

  • To plan and execute a substantial piece of research.

Course Structure


RM7001:03 Planning the Research: Masters Candidates

RM7002:03 Situating the Research: Masters Candidates

MR7011:00 Master of Philosophy Research Thesis (Indigenous)











Expected time to complete

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

4.5 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

15 credit points of non-core coursework subjects

Allowed coursework subjects

As approved by the Dean, Graduate Research School



Professional accreditation requirements


Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of field of study on testamur

The field of research shall not appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Candidates who exit the course prior to completion and have completed the appropriate subjects may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Research Methods [Tropical Environments and Societies] or the Graduate Certificate of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine].

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

The pathway into a JCU Masters of Philosophy degree is to have achieved a Bachelor’s Degree with GPA 5.5 in the final year or demonstrated research experience.
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