- Townsville: January, July
- Cairns: January, July
Course fees are not applicable for Domestic students
Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible
4 years full-time
or part-time equivalent
Pursue your passion for environmental management in the Tropics and advance your chosen field through a unique contribution of knowledge. In the Doctor of Tropical Environmental Management, you will investigate a proposed research topic (discussed with and approved by an appropriate research advisor) through original research and extensive analysis of existing knowledge on that topic.
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 tropical environmental management, science and wellbeing promotion.
As you investigate your chosen topic, you will increase your cognitive skills and intellectual independence as you evaluate existing knowledge and ideas. You will also think creatively to produce your own original contribution to that knowledge. Depending on the type of research you undertake, you will develop expert technical and creative skills applicable to your chosen area of tropical environmental management.
You will also extend your high level communication skills, which will be key for composing your written thesis and for presenting your thesis to the academic panel who will determine the success of your candidature.
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.
JCU Doctor of Tropical Environmental Management [Research] graduates are internationally recognised as experts who discover valuable new knowledge in their field.
Graduates pursue careers in tropical research, environmental management and conservation, and education.
You could find employment as an academic or as an environmental scientist in industry, government or research organisations.
Information valid for students commencing in 2023
Doctorate by Research (AQF level 10)
Graduate Research School
Science and Engineering
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 - www.cdu.edu.au, www.uq.edu.au
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
EFTSL to complete (equivalent full-time student load)
Course learning outcomes
Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will have:
Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
RD7001:03 Planning the Research: Doctoral Candidates
RD7002:03 Situating the Research: Doctoral Candidates
RD7003:03 Professional Development: Doctoral Candidates
PD7001:00 Professional Doctorate Research Thesis (Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies)
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.
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Research Education Sub-Committee (RESC)
Confirmation of candidature
Subsumption of coursework subjects
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
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 credit for work towards the Masters degree. In exceptional cases credit may be given to a candidate for relevant research work undertaken at another university.
The amount of credit to be awarded shall be determined by the RESC on the recommendation of the College Dean
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).
DOCTOR OF TROPICAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
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.
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
JCU, with the support of the Australian Government’s Research Training Program, will cover the costs of tuition fees for Australian citizens/permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.
All candidates can also apply for a competitively-awarded stipend to help with living and tuition costs.
A Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
The pathway into a JCU Doctor of Philosophy is to have achieved a Bachelor’s Degree with at least Honours 2A, a postgraduate qualification with a supervised research component of at least one semester, full-time equivalent or a Master of Philosophy.
Previous professional experience is required for entry into this course.
To be eligible for entry, applicants must have attained at least one of the following:
a) a Bachelor’s degree with at least Second Class, Division A (Honours) in a degree program that included a total of at least a semester of supervised project work, the results of which contributed to the Honours grade;
b) a postgraduate qualification which included: (a) supervised research component(s) of at least one semester or equivalent and resulted in the production of output(s) graded at the equivalent of Distinction or better, and (b) at least one research methods subject;
c) a Research Masters degree, where at least two thirds of the degree consisted of a supervised research component and resulted in the production of a thesis or equivalent;
d) enrolment at this or another Australian university in a higher degree by research for the equivalent of at least 0.5 EFTSL with demonstrated satisfactory performance in the supervised research component(s);
e) a combination of qualifications, research training and experience, considered equivalent to the above by the Dean of the College to which the Candidate is applying, e.g., senior authorship of at least one peer-reviewed publication plus completion of an appropriate research methods subject.
Visit the Graduate Research School website for more information, and then complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.