Economic Geology Research Centre Honours and Higher Degree Research

Honours and Higher Degree Research

Discover our Geoscience Honours Program!

The aim of the Honours Program in Earth Science is to develop and assess your ability to undertake independent research. Above all, the training you receive while undertaking an Honours degree will instill essential research skills and the development of research report writing skills. Honours students are traditionally required to complete a thesis which will assess a candidate's capacity as a potential scholar and researcher; in addition, the completion of coursework subjects as professional development training, will enhance a candidate's depth of knowledge.

Honours is available as full-time or part-time study. It should be considered as an important step in contributing to your future employability.

A degree in Earth Science Honours (Geology) is available with

Students are interested in Honours are advised to attend an Information Session held each September or directly contact the Honours coordinator

Applications are accepted for commencement in Study Period 1 or 2 annually

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EGRU Scholarship

The Economic Geology Research Centre (EGRU) Scholarship is designed to provide incentives for JCU students or students from other Universities, to continue their studies in geology. This scholarship is made available through the generous support of our member companies.

Applications open October and close mid December annually. More Information

The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) at James Cook University Queensland Australia, invites highly qualified students to apply for postgraduate studies in the field of geosciences.

Studying at James Cook University will provide access to the outstanding Precambrian geology of tropical Australia, Papua New Guinea and the SW Pacific, with easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, savannah landscapes, and numerous world-class mineral deposits. JCU's research in geology, geochemistry and physical geography is recognised internationally.

Scholarships in all fields of geosciences are available for highly qualified students and additional scholarships may be available to incoming students to supplement their income.

On-going research projects in natural and physical sciences include the study of:

  • Biogeochemistry
  • GIS and mineral prospectivity
  • Isotope geochemistry
  • Marine geosciences
  • Ore deposit geology
  • Petrology and geochemistry
  • Paleoenvironmental reconstruction
  • Palaeontology and Paleoanthropology
  • Radiogenic isotope geochemistry
  • Sedimentology
  • Tectonics

To discuss your interest in postgraduate studies email any of our Research Staff to discuss your options.

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Current Opportunities

Fully-funded PhD Opportunities in Geoscience

James Cook University (JCU) is the leading Australian University in tropical North Queensland, with strong geology, geochemistry and environmental programs supported by world-class analytical facilities.  JCU is looking for strong students to undertake their PhD within the College of Science and Engineering on the projects listed.

  • The role of ductile shear zones in the formation of skarn deposits
  • Feedbacks between high pressure metasomatism and structures in subduction channels.
  • Developing the use of metal isotopes as disease diagnostics: Methods & applications
  • Combining conventional and non-conventional stable and radiogenic isotope systems in fossil vertebrates to reconstruct environmental and dietary frameworks
  • Refining tephrostratigraphic approaches in deep time through glass melt inclusion and isotopic fingerprinting of heavy mineral separates in heavy minerals
  • Vertebrate palaeontology and sedimentary geology of the Early-Late Triassic succession in central Queensland.
  • Helium prospectivity of the East African Rift System, with a focus on reservoir and seal potential, and fluid migration
  • Magmatic-hydrothermal processes and critical mineral (Sn-W-In-Sb) genesis in the Herberton Mineral Field
  • Assessing alkaline magmatism in Mount Isa Inlier – the link to REE mineralization, the potential to host REE mineralization and tectonic significance
  • Integrating radiogenic and stable isotope tracers to constrain the evolution of the mantle in the southwest Pacific

Applications for fully-funded PhD opportunities (tuition + stipend) for the start of 2023 are being offered through a competitive scholarship scheme open to both international and domestic students.

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Scholarship application deadline for this program is 31 July 2022, but we encourage you to contact us well in advance.

In addition, we have a small number of PhD scholarships that we are looking to fund immediately through the W.R. Lacey Scholarship Fund with the possibility of a mid-2022 start is possible.

For details on Faculty and Staff in Earth Sciences at James Cook University

If you are interested, please contact EGRU ( with your CV and a Cover Letter indicating your project(s) of interest and background.