Master of Science (Professional)

Advance your professional career in science with independent research or a focused industry project. Through your studies, you will expand your knowledge and understanding of the problems facing natural environments, and their solutions, using the complex reef and terrestrial environments of the tropics as examples. You will also expand your practical, analytical and communication skills, and gain first-hand experience through tailored professional internships or research projects that can lead to career opportunities.

Top 75 in the world

for Ecology 2023 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

Top 100 in the world

for Earth and Marine Sciences 2024 QS World University Rankings

Enhance your expertise

Build the skills to progress your career


  • Townsville: February, July
  • Cairns: February, July




+estimated annual Commonwealth Supported Fee for a full-time study load

^estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible


2 years full-time

Entry Requirements

AQF Level 7 bachelor degree in science with minimum GPA of 5.0; or equivalent

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Real stories

  • Headshot of Jana Birkby


    Jana Birkby

    Master Of Science (Professional)

    Studying a Master of Science (Professional) at JCU, I feel like I am walking away with much more than a piece of paper, but with genuine hands-on experience and skills to tackle both industry and further academic studies. Diving and living on an island in the Great Barrier Reef for a field trip was pretty amazing.

  • Taruna Venkatachalam  Master of Science (Professional)

    International Student - India

    Taruna Venkatachalam

    Master of Science (Professional)

    I chose the Professional program so I could take advantage of the 12-credit research/placement option. Having always wanted to study wildlife sciences, I really wanted to get into research, to help myself and the world understand some of the problems facing our wildlife.

  • Studied Master of Science (Professional), majoring in Marine Biology

    International Student – USA

    Aliya Siddiqi

    Master of Science (Professional), majoring in Marine Biology

    The highlight of my experience has definitely been the Fish and Fisheries Lab run under Dr Andrew Chin. We meet weekly and are exposed to projects and research in the fisheries field. He does an amazing job of highlighting the skills that are necessary to be successful, and challenging us to become better scientists.

  • Head shot of Naomi Gardiner


    Dr Naomi Gardiner

    Senior Lecturer, Marine & Aquaculture Sciences

    The best part of working at JCU is being part of an incredibly vibrant, active and diverse team of students and staff. Together our JCU Science team regularly makes breakthrough discoveries that change paradigms and practices globally. It is great to be able to contribute to work that really does make a difference.