Master of Philosophy (Natural and Physical Sciences)

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Master of Philosophy (Natural and Physical Sciences)

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) offers postgraduate research supervision on a smaller scale than the PhD, towards which it can provide a pathway.

Campus
Townsville, Cairns
Start dates
January, July
Duration
2 years full time
Study mode
On campus; Off campus
CRICOS code
081373M

Course overview

The Master of Philosophy (Natural and Physical Sciences) is a research degree designed for graduates from science and related disciplines who wish to pioneer new knowledge and present the culmination of their research via a thesis.

You will do an integrated research project that culminates in the submission of a thesis and demonstrates the capacity for critical analysis and original research.

JCU research areas include:

  • Botany
  • Chemical sciences
  • Climate change
  • Earth sciences
  • Ecology and evolution
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Marine biology
  • Marine ecology
  • Marine science
  • Mathematical sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular and cell biology
  • Oceanography
  • Palaeontology
  • Physics
  • Sustainability
  • Zoology

This is a two year full-time program offered both on and off campus.

Your research topic

Applicants need to discuss their proposed research topic with an appropriate research advisor. To identify an appropriate advisor, use the Find an Advisor service from the Graduate Research School.

What you need to know before applying

You will need to supply the following with your application

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • Grading Scale used at the institution/s you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

Advanced Standing (credit for prior learning)

If you wish to seek credit for previous studies, you can submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject you have already studied. You will need to ensure that previous subjects, that you wish to gain credit for, correspond to a similar JCU subject. View JCU subject outlines and Course Enrolment Planners to assist in this process.

Certified copies and original documents

Posted, faxed, scanned or uploaded copies can be used during the assessment process. However once your application is approved you will need to supply original certified documents. These may be posted to:

International Admissions,
James Cook University,
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If documents are written in a language other than English you will need to provide certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of an original document that has been certified as a true copy and signed by the certifier - public notary, registered agent of James Cook University or a representative of the institution. The certification must be original; photocopies or facsimiles of certified copies are not acceptable.

How to apply

Visit the Graduate Research School Prospective Students for more information, and then:

Apply now through the Online Application Portal.

Handbook

Master of Philosophy (Natural and Physical Sciences)

Handbook year

2019

Course code

110103

Course type

Masters by Research (AQF level 9)

Division

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Requirements for admission can be found at HDR Degree Requirements

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)

2 EFTSL

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of a Masters Degree (Research) will have:

Knowledge:

  • A body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in one or more disciplines

  • Advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning.

Skills

  • Cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and its application

  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice

  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level

  • Cognitive and technical skills to design, use and evaluate research and research methods

  • Communication and technical skills to present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences

  • Technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge.

Graduates of a Masters Degree (Research) will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • With creativity and initiative to new situations and/or for further learning

  • With high level personal autonomy and accountability

  • To plan and execute a substantial piece of research.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

RM7001:03 Planning the Research: Masters Candidates

RM7002:03 Situating the Research: Masters Candidates

MR7001:00 Master of Philosophy Research Thesis (Natural and Physical Sciences)

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

4.5 years

Maximum leave of absence

6 months

Progression

Supervising body

Research Education Sub-Committee (RESC)

Confirmation of candidature

See HDR Degree Requirements

Supervision

See HDR Degree Requirements

Progression

See HDR Degree Requirements

Subsumption of coursework subjects

Subsumption permitted

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

Advanced standing

Not eligible

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Award Details

Award title

MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY

Approved abbreviation

MPhil

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 a Graduate Certificate

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Entry requirements

Completion of a recognised, appropriate undergraduate degree, or equivalent prior learning including appropriate professional experience.

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be issued a JCU degree offer conditional upon achieving the required scores in an approved English test. You can undertake an English program at JCU to improve your skills prior to sitting your English test. If you are interested in doing this please contact enquiries@jcu.edu.au.

Fees and costs

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$38,960 (Estimate only.)

For more information, refer to the relevant course fee information in the 2019 International Postgraduate Guide (PDF, 8305 KB)

A Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions:

Email enquiries@jcu.edu.au
Phone +61 7 4781 5601

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