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


Students can commence research studies at any time throughout the year


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

Entry Requirements

Previous research qualification or equivalent

Course Code

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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.

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    International student - USA

    Madeline McKenzie

    Doctor of Philosophy. JCU alumni, 2018, Master of Science, majoring in Marine Biology and Ecology

    As an international student from the US, I’m used to large lecture sizes, which limits the amount of time you get to interact with your professor. The smaller lecture sizes at JCU enables you to learn from leading scientists on a first-name basis, which really adds to the overall learning experience.