Develop your independent research skills with the Master of Philosophy. This postgraduate research course is 2 years of full-time equivalent study.
Make a new contribution to knowledge or evaluate existing material in a new light with an MPhil research project. Complete your project with the production of a research thesis.
Gain the skills to take on theoretical and practical approaches to problems and innovate with a broad range of potential applications. Develop yourself professionally within your chosen sector or apply your research, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to new contexts.
Create knowledge, transform your future.
As a JCU Master of Philosophy candidate you’ll undertake focussed research in the Tropics. Explore and generate new knowledge to meet the social, environmental and sustainability challenges facing tropical communities.
Tailor your program to meet your individual interests as a research student. Your research project is the largest component of your course, and you will be guided by a research advisory academic team. Access a range of coursework, professional development and modularised learning materials to help support you throughout the MPhil. You’ll be encouraged to present your research, write research publications and give conference presentations.
View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.
JCU Master of Philosophy (MPhil) 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 develop 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.
The table below can be used to view individual course information for each Master of Philosophy specialisation.
|Master of Philosophy (Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies)
|Master of Philosophy (Architecture and Building)
|Master of Philosophy (Creative Arts)
|Master of Philosophy (Education)
|Master of Philosophy (Engineering and Related Technologies)
|Master of Philosophy (Health)
|Master of Philosophy (Indigenous)
|Master of Philosophy (Information Technology)
|Master of Philosophy (Management and Commerce)
|Master of Philosophy (Medical, Molecular and Veterinary Sciences)
|Master of Philosophy (Natural and Physical Sciences)
|Master of Philosophy (Society and Culture)
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.
To be eligible to apply for entry to a Research Masters degree an applicant must demonstrate the capacity to undertake research at the Research Masters level by the attainment of a Bachelor’s Degree with either a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.5 in the final full time year of study, or with demonstrated research experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.