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TESS Study with us

Study with us

James Cook University is one of the world's leading institutions focusing on the tropics, conducting nationally significant and internationally recognised research in areas including marine sciences, biodiversity, tropical ecology and environments.

JCU currently ranks #1 in Australia for Environmental Science and Management research and is now the only Australian university to receive the highest ranking of 5 (well above world standard) in this category in every round since 2010^.

The Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science (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 dry savannahs.

^ 2018 Excellence in Research Assessment (ERA) Research Rankings.

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate students are part of TESS but also part of a JCU's Graduate Research School 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.