How to apply - Postgraduate courses

James Cook University (JCU) offers two types of postgraduate degrees: Research* or Coursework~. The following information will help you apply for coursework degrees.

Application deadlines:

  • 31 January for Teaching Period 1 (Semester 1)
  • 30 June for Teaching Period 2 (Semester 2)

How to apply

Our preferred method of application is via the online application portal.

Online applications

  1. Choose a course from the International Postgraduate Prospectus or use the Courses and Degrees search. Ensure you meet the academic and English entry requirements.

  2. Register as a first time applicant on the Online Application Portal

  3. Upload copies of your documentation:
    Previous and current degree certificates (if completed at time of application) 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)
    - Copy of your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

  4. Submit your application. You may save your application to return to at any time. However you need to click “submit” to lodge your application.

  5. Post your original certified^ documents (if not applying through a registered JCU representative or university partner) to: International Admissions, James Cook University, Building 10, 
    Townsville Qld 4811, Australia.

Paper or email applications

  1. Choose a course from the International Postgraduate Prospectus or use the Courses and Degrees search. Ensure you meet the academic and English entry requirements.

  2. Complete an application form (you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to use this form). Ensure you use your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

  3. Gather the following documentation:
    - 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)
    - Copy of your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at the time)

  4. Submit your application and documentation via:
    Email*: International Admissions
    Fax*: +61 7 4781 5988
    Post: International Admissions, James Cook University, Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA
    Education Agent: JCU has a number of in country representatives who can help you lodge your application

    *You will also need to post your completed application and original certified^ copies of documentation.

Important notes

Original documents: You will be required to post original certified^ copies of all your documentation. If your documents are not in English, you will need to supply a certified English translation.

English language requirements: Students who do not meet JCU’s direct entry English language requirements may be issued with a packaged offer for Academic English studies in addition to their chosen degree. This applies to courses from bands 1 and 2 only. The James Cook International team will be able to advise you on the appropriate pathway to achieve your goals.

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.

More information

^Certified Copy: A photocopy of an original document that has been certified as a true copy and signed by a public notary, a representative of James Cook University or a representative from the institution where the document originates.  The certification must be original; photocopies or facsimiles of certified copies are not acceptable.

*Research degree: a program of supervised original research in a chosen discipline. Research qualifications are awarded following the completion of a major thesis, involving original research, under the supervision of a senior academic. When taking a research degree, leaning is done independently meaning there are no lectures or classes.

~Coursework degree: Coursework study at a postgraduate level is a continuation of the type of study usually found in a Bachelor degree, but at a more advanced level. Students complete a set course of postgraduate subjects and attend lectures, go to tutorials, hand in assignments and sit examinations. A small thesis may form a part of the degree (up to one third), but the program is fundamentally coursework.