Master of Philosophy

JCU Master of Philosophy graduates are internationally recognised as experts who discover valuable new knowledge in their fields. The skills you develop during your MPhil will enable you to extend yourself professionally within your existing sector, or to apply your research, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to new contexts. Graduates can also continue their independent research in a Doctor of Philosophy.

World class or better

in 83% of research fields Excellence in Research Australia, 2018

Enhance your expertise

Build the skills to progress your career

Unique contribution

Explore and generate new knowledge


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


2 years full-time

or part-time equivalent

Entry Requirements

AQF level 7 bachelor degree with conditions

Course Code

View the handbook for course codes

Course detail

Real stories

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    Rhys Gillman

    Master of Philosophy Candidate

    The Master of Philosophy has allowed me the freedom to finally focus on and pursue my personal interests in science. I am fortunate enough to have access to state-of-the-art facilities and expert academics for advice, which means that I know I am constantly upskilling and working towards being an employable scientist.

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    Stephen Maxwell

    Master of Philosophy

    The experience and support I gained during my Master of Philosophy gave me the courage to challenge existing theories and make groundbreaking changes to my field of research. I enjoyed the collegial nature of my supervisory team and interactions with fellow postgraduates fostered a community of excellence in research.

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    Professor Mohan Jacob

    Associate Dean of Research Education for JCU College of Science and Engineering

    JCU’s College of Science and Engineering provides a unique opportunity to pursue a Master of Philosophy under the guidance of world-renowned academics with industry linkages across various domains of engineering, mining and exploration, digital technologies, marine, agriculture, and environmental science.

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    Graham Woods

    Principal Engineer, Orana Engineering

    The majority of our engineers are JCU graduates, and we employ them at a range of levels: from graduate roles to senior engineers. They not only have the necessary training and skills but are also willing and able to work on site, which is a major advantage to our business.