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Higher Degree by Research

The College of Arts, Society and Education provides research students with support from academic staff who have national and international expertise in the range of specialisations offered and close links with the educational and wider communities they serve.

Our Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students are supported by our partnerships with The Cairns Institute, the Visual, Digital, Material Research Group, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, the Language and Culture Research Centre, the Anthropological Laboratory for Tropical Audiovisual Research (ALTAR) and the Tropical Archaeology Research Laboratory (TARL).

Discover more about our researchers and potential advisors at the JCU Research Portfolio.

Education provides research students with support from academic staff who have national and international expertise in the range of specialisations offered and close links with the educational and wider communities they serve.

Research Programs

JCU offers a range of degrees and other programs for research students through Education from the Honours program within the BEd degree, through entry pathway research programs such as the Graduate Certificate of Research Methods, to full research higher degrees Master of Philosophy (Research), EdD, PhD.

Important contacts

Graduate Certificate in Research Methods

Discuss topics and possible supervisor(s): caseresearch@jcu.edu.au

Higher Degree by Research (PhD/EdD/MPhil)

Enrolment enquiries:  Graduate Research School

HDR administration and academic enquiries

Your enquiry will be directed to the appropriate staff member: caseresearch@jcu.edu.au

Humanities and Creative Arts provides research students with support from academic staff who have national and international expertise in the range of specialisations offered and close links with the educational and wider communities they serve.

Research Programs

JCU offers a range of degrees and other programs for research students from the Honours program within the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Creative Arts & Media degrees, through entry pathway research programs such as the Graduate Certificate of Research Methods, to full research higher degrees Master of Philosophy (Creative Arts), Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Arts) and Doctor of Philosophy (Society and Culture).

Important contacts

Graduate Certificate in Research Methods

Discuss topics and possible supervisor(s): caseresearch@jcu.edu.au

Higher Degree by Research

Enrolment enquiries:  Graduate Research School

HDR administration and academic enquiries

Your enquiry will be directed to the appropriate staff member: caseresearch@jcu.edu.au

Social Sciences offers exciting opportunities for Higher Degree Research (PhD and Masters) through the College of Arts, Society and Education, supported by our links with The Cairns Institute, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, the Language and Culture Research Centre, the Anthropological Laboratory for Tropical Audiovisual Research (ALTAR) and the Tropical Archaeology Research Laboratory (TARL).

Research Programs

JCU offers a range of degrees and other programs for research students through Education from the Honours program within the BEd degree, through entry pathway research programs such as the Graduate Certificate of Research Methods, to full research higher degrees Master of Philosophy (Research), EdD, PhD.

Important contacts

Graduate Certificate in Research Methods

Discuss topics and possible supervisor(s): caseresearch@jcu.edu.au

Higher Degree by Research (PhD/MPhil)

Enrolment enquiries:  Graduate Research School

HDR administration and academic enquiries

Your enquiry will be directed to the appropriate staff member: caseresearch@jcu.edu.au

Social Work and Human Services provides research students with support from academic staff who have national and international expertise in the range of specialisations offered and close links with the educational and wider communities they serve.

Research Programs

JCU offers a range of degrees and other programs for research students through Social Work and Human Services from the Honours program within the Bachelor of Social Work degree, through entry pathway research programs such as the Graduate Certificate of Research Methods, to full research higher degrees, such as the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying).

Important contacts

Graduate Certificate in Research Methods

Discuss topics and possible supervisor(s): caseresearch@jcu.edu.au

Higher Degree by Research

Enrolment enquiries:  Graduate Research School

HDR administration and academic enquiries

Your enquiry will be directed to the appropriate staff member: caseresearch@jcu.edu.au

Higher Degree by Research students, please note your points of contact for the following enquiries:

Enrolment enquiries
Academic issues to do with your project and thesis
Your advisors
All other enquiries related to the administration of your degrees or resources for your research

Academic Services Officer
caseresearch@jcu.edu.au

The College Office

The main points of contact for any administrative enquiries related to your research are located on the 1st floor of Education Central Building 134, Room 108 in Townsville and Building A4, Room 129 in Cairns.

College Academic Services Officers for Higher Degree Research Students

Maree Searston – Academic Services Officer, Townsville: caseresearch@jcu.edu.au; P: 07 4781 4385
Dominique Sandilant – Academic Services Officer, Cairns: caseresearch@jcu.edu.au; P: 07 4232 1497
You will also be required to visit the Graduate Research School Commencing Students webpage that will provide information on how to get started as a new Higher Degree student.

Information for Travellers

Please follow this step-by-step Travel Package (PDF, 1747 KB) to arrange, book and complete your travel. If you have any specific queries, please email Divisional Travel at DTESTravel@jcu.edu.au.

Seminars

Thesis Preparation

College Process – Submission of final thesis (PDF, 62 KB)

Funding for CASE Higher Degree by research Candidates (PhD, Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Education)

CASE Expenditure Plan for RTP Minimum Resource Funds   (PDF, 687 KB)

Individual Candidate Accounts – Automatic Allocations

  • Application Form and Process to access automatic allocations (coming soon)

Competitive Pool Funds (for CASE HDR Candidates PhD, Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Education)

The Graduate Research School's (GRS) role is to support research education throughout James Cook University (JCU and developing and refining the University’s overall Higher Degree by Research (HDR) strategy. The GDR provides  a range of research administrative services, including managing and overseeing all aspects of the life cycle of candidature from admission to examination. To ensure excellence in supervision, we also coordinate the accreditation and registration of HDR Advisors.