Aquaculture Science and Technology
Environmental Earth Science
Fisheries Science and Management
Global Change Biology
Develop the technical skills and knowledge necessary for environmental conservation, research and analysis in a rapidly changing world.
Gain in-depth knowledge of global changes, patterns of biodiversity, conservation planning and evolutionary adaptation and be equipped to address the threats and challenges to global biodiversity. Learn how to identify major issues impacting species and ecosystems, analyse the contributing factors and formulate methods of solving some of our world's biggest problems.
With the natural environment changing at an unprecedented rate, it has never been more important to understand and reduce the accelerating impacts on our ecosystems.
Tropical Biology and Conservation
Master of Science (Professional)
Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
Science and Engineering
Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in science with a minimum GPA of 5.0 (65%) or equivalent.
Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 9) Guidelines for Masters degrees.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Post Admission requirements
Some majors require attendance in intensive mode subjects on either the Townsville or Cairns campus. Students may be required to attend intensive mode classes at a campus other than that at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
48 credit points as per course structure
|Additional Course Rules||The Research or Professional Employability stream subjects should not be undertaken until all other subjects are satisfactorily completed.|
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Master of Science (Professional), graduates will be able to:
Select a major from Table A
Select Option 1 or 2
Option 1 – Research Stream
To be eligible for this stream, students must attain a GPA of 5.5 or above from their preceding 24 credit points of JCU level 5 subjects, or approval of the Course Coordinator
SC5912:06 Research Project (Part 1 of 2)
SC5913:06 Research Project (Part 2 of 2)
Option 2 – Professional Employability Stream
To be eligible for this stream, students must satisfactorily complete the pre-requisite subject SC5200 Professional Employability and at least 24 credit points of level 5 JCU subjects
SC5009:12 Postgraduate Internship
Credit points in major
36 credit points
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Not all majors available at JCU Cairns
Expected time to complete
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
The Research or Professional Employability stream subjects should not be undertaken until all other subjects are satisfactorily completed
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Students admitted to the Master of Science (Professional) do not have a mandatory professional placement however are required to undertake either a Postgraduate Internship or a Research Project as their course capstone option.
The Research Project option is available to students who have achieved a GPA of 5.5 from their preceding 24 credit points of study in the Master of Science (Professional), or approval of the Course Coordinator.
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
A student who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject.
Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
Credit will only be granted for subjects aligned to the current course’s learning outcomes and if the applicant demonstrates sufficient prior knowledge and skills to achieve the course learning outcomes in the time available in the course.
Up to 12 credit points may be granted for an AQF Level 7 qualification in a Cognate* Science discipline as determined by the College of Science and Engineering.
Up to 24 credit points may be granted for an AQF Level 8 qualification in a Cognate* Science discipline as determined by the College of Science and Engineering.
*Cognate discipline: Applicants must have degree qualifications for a discipline that is closely aligned or related with the major being undertaken.
24 credit points
Where a student transfers from one JCU award to another, then credit may be granted for more than two-thirds of the new award, where there is subject equivalence between the awards.
Credit will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 16 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
Studies and/or professional experiences undertaken to fulfil the entry requirements to JCU awards may not be used for credit
MASTER OF SCIENCE (PROFESSIONAL)
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Exit with lesser award
Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have successfully completed 36 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Master of Science.
Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have successfully completed 24 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Science.
Students who have completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate of Science.
Credit may be available upon completion of the Graduate Certificate of Science or Graduate Diploma of Science. The Master of Science degree is a pathway for direct entry into the Master of Science (Professional).
Students can undertake a substantive research project, or professional project aligned to an industry or management partner within the JCU Master of Science (Professional).
The Master of Science (Professional) is the pathway towards a JCU PhD.
Master Of Science (Professional)
Studying a Master’s 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.
International Student - India
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.
International Student – USA
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.
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.