- Indigenous studies, knowledge and culture
- Indigenous community development
- Indigenous intersections with other disciplines
Make a meaningful contribution to the future of Indigenous research and affairs. Master of Philosophy students are equipped with the critical skills required to work in research or to continue on to study a PhD.
View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects, as well as a list of available research areas.
JCU Master of Philosophy (Indigenous) graduates are internationally recognised as experts who produce valuable new knowledge in their fields.
Graduates pursue careers in politics, Indigenous areas of corporate organisations, not-for-profit, media, research and education.
You could find employment as a research officer, policy advisor, community relations officer, journalist, Indigenous programs advisor, politician in Indigenous Affairs, academic, lecturer or school leadership positions. Graduates can also continue their independent research in a Doctor of Philosophy.
Master of Philosophy (Indigenous)
Masters by Research (AQF 9)
Indigenous Education and Research Centre
Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (Level 9) Guidelines for Masters degrees.
Requirements for admission can be found at HDR Degree Requirements
Students with a GPA below 5.5 in their final year of coursework study should contact the Indigenous Education and Research Centre to discuss pathways to admission.
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.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
EFTSL to complete (equivalent full-time student load)
Course learning outcomes
Graduates of a Masters Degree (Research) will have:
Graduates of a Masters Degree (Research) will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
RM7001:03 Planning the Research: Masters Candidates
RM7002:03 Situating the Research: Masters Candidates
MR7011:00 Master of Philosophy Research Thesis (Indigenous)
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Expected time to complete
2 years full-time or equivalent part-time
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
15 credit points of non-core coursework subjects
Allowed coursework subjects
As approved by the Dean, Graduate Research School
Professional accreditation requirements
MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY (INDIGENOUS)
Inclusion of field of study on testamur
The field of research shall not appear on the testamur
Exit with lesser award
Candidates who exit the course prior to completion and have completed the appropriate subjects may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Research Methods [Tropical Environments and Societies] or the Graduate Certificate of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine].
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 Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Research Methods gives you the formal research training you need to enter a professional research degree at JCU’s Graduate Research School.
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.
Dr Ailie McDowall
A Master of Philosophy is quite fun – it’s very different from coursework. It’s self-guided. You get to develop your own projects as you go. You’re coming up with research problems and research questions. You’re learning how to develop data collection tools. You’re learning skills that can be used in any setting.