Why join us?

James Cook University (JCU) is Australia’s leading tropical research university and amongst the top five tropical universities of the world for research in the University’s areas of research excellence (viz. ecology/environment, plant and animal science, geosciences, coral reef science and tourism).

JCU is ranked #1 in Australia for Environmental Science and Management research and was the only Australian university to receive the highest ranking of 5 (well above world standard) in the category 'Environmental Science and Management' in the Australian Government's Excellence in Research Assessment (ERA) exercise in 2010.

TESS represents a cluster of world-class researchers and research students with common interests in the environment and sustainability, with emphasis on the tropics. There are many opportunities to learn with TESS researchers at undergraduate level, and study for postgraduate coursework and research degrees at Masters and PhD levels as part of TESS.

Our students come from all over the world to take advantage of the opportunities provided by our unique location, in the tropics, in Australia, between the Great Barrier Reef, Wet Tropics rainforests and tropical savannas.

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate students are part of TESS but also part of a broader Graduate Research School at JCU that ensures a high quality, comprehensive education and access to generic skills development.

Visit the JCU Courses and Study website for information on courses, entry requirements and scholarships for postgraduate study in ecology, environmental science, sustainability and geosciences.

JCU is one of a network of universities worldwide to develop and offer a two-year (full-time) Master of Development Practice degree with generous funding from the US-based MacArthur Foundation.

Undergraduate study

JCU offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate degrees in environmental science.

JCU's sustainability research and activities are showcased by TropEco, an award winning program that creates opportunities and recognition for sustainability in action.