Expression of Interest for the Cohort Doctoral Studies Program

If you are considering applying for a research degree in any of the following disciplines:

  • Biomedical
  • Dentistry
  • Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Medicine
  • Molecular
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Psychology
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Veterinary Sciences

You should also consider applying to the Cohort of Doctoral Studies Program!

Eligibility criteria for Cohort Doctoral Studies Program at JCU

Any prospective or current HDR candidate (PhD, Professional Doctorate, MPhil) within the College of Medicine and Dentistry, College of Healthcare Sciences or College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences is eligible. Previous experience in research or research qualifications is not necessary, although applicants who cannot demonstrate research expertise will be required to successfully complete a bridging program (e.g. Graduate Certificate or Diploma of Research Methods). However, candidates must be eligible for any of the above mentioned degrees as per JCU policies and have applied to their course before they can commence with the Cohort Program.

Candidates may enroll full- or part-time, and can be located on or off campus. If candidates are employed full-time, they will be expected to show evidence of support from their employer to undertake the Program. We recommend that candidates in full-time employment seek a research project that closely aligns with their work.

Eligibility criteria for Higher Degree Research at JCU

Previous Qualification/ExperienceEntry to Master of PhilosophyEntry to Doctorate
Bachelor’s degreeGPA 5.5 or above in final year of study & research methods subject*NOT ELIGIBLE
Bachelor’s degree with HonoursYESMinimum one semester supervised research with at least Class IIA Honours
Postgraduate qualification
(e.g. Grad Cert/Grad Dip Research Methods)
YESOne semester supervised research with distinction average plus one research methods subject*
Research Masters- Research thesis produced from a supervised research component of 2/3 degree
Enrolment in a research degree at another Australian universityAt least 6 months enrolment (or part-time equivalent)At least 6 months enrolment
(or part-time equivalent)
Other-Bachelor’s degree plus senior author publication
& research methods subject*

* Research methods subject could be undertaken in the first period of research degree in some circumstances.

Further information can be found here.

Applications are accepted all year round but the Cohort Doctoral Studies Program only has two formal intakes a year.

Intake 1: April for commencement in June

Intake 2: October for commencement in February the following year

Expressions of interest and applications are welcome all year round

(Town and State)
Are you a current JCU staff member or student? *
Your answer will help us discuss with you your potential study plan and workload.