Doctor of Philosophy

Develop high level independent research skills while making an original contribution of knowledge.

World class or better

in 38 areas of research* *Excellence in Research for Australia (2019)

Learn in cutting edge environments

State-of-the-art facilities

Unique contribution

Specialise your skills


  • Online: January, July
  • Townsville: January, July
  • Cairns: January, July
  • Singapore: January, July


Course fees are not applicable for Domestic students

Student Services and Amenities fee payable
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible


4 years full-time

or part-time equivalent

Entry Requirements

Previous research qualification or equivalent

Course Code

View the handbook for course codes

Course detail

Real stories

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    Naomi Clark-Shen

    Doctor of Philosophy

    Enrolling in JCU for my PhD was an obvious choice – the university is world-renowned for shark research. My research focuses on the biology, ecology and life-history of small coastal sharks and rays in Southeast Asia. I can’t imagine a more appropriate university to advance my career in shark conservation with.

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    International Student - India

    Rishab Pillai

    Doctor of Philosophy

    Undertaking a research degree can be a challenging, yet rewarding experience. At JCU, the incredibly receptive and friendly staff offer support to ensure you are research-ready from day one. With training and professional development as part of your PhD, you are job-ready upon completion of your degree.