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James Cook University is a public university in North Queensland, Australia. The second oldest university in Queensland, JCU is a teaching and research institution. The university’s main campuses are located in the tropical cities of Cairns and Townsville, and one in the city state of Singapore.

Why Study at JCU?

  • Get a world-class education
  • Join global leaders in research, marine
    sciences, biodiversity and tropical ecology
  • Develop job-ready skills in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Achieve exceptional employment
  • Benefit from small class sizes
  • Utilise financial support through JCU
  • Make friends and enjoy on-campus
    accommodation options
  • Hands-on learning in spectacular,
    World Heritage listed reefs and rainforests



Bachelor of Advanced Science

Pursue excellence with JCU’s Bachelor of Advanced Science program. Learn from world-renowned lecturers, meet experts in their field and conduct hands-on research in North Queensland’s unique tropical environment.

Develop your passion for discovery and choose from nine different majors. You will also choose from a set of core advanced skill subjects to develop analytical and modelling skills that are highly sought-after by future employers.

Apply your skills and knowledge to real-world research projects and have the opportunity to be published in international scientific journals. Go on overseas exchange programs and study natural environments in other parts of the world. Use your degree as a pathway to other health professions or higher research.

Become a science and research leader. JCU Advanced Science graduates are elite, innovative professionals who are equipped for the future.

Career Opportunities

JCU Advanced Science graduates are highly-skilled professionals who find employment in a variety of industries.Graduates pursue careers in areas including marine biology, aquaculture, earth science, chemistry, mathematics, molecular and cell biology, physics, and zoology and ecology.You could find employment as a research assistant, laboratory technician, scientific journalist, environmental scientist, physicist, teacher, or patent lawyer. Or you could continue onto further studies with the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours).

Advanced Science graduates may also choose to apply for graduate entry into science, medicine, veterinary science, physiotherapy, dentistry, or other health sciences.

Graduates who major in Chemistry may be eligible to register for non-corporate membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). With an additional three years of Chemistry experience, you may be eligible to register as a Chartered Chemist with Corporate Membership of RACI.


Master of Business Administration (Leadership)

This JCU Master of Business Administration (Leadership) equips you with the thinking skills and knowledge that mindful global leaders of today must possess. With its focus on the way you approach the management of people and change within and outside organisations, this is an MBA that equips you to be part of the next generation of emerging global and social leaders. Importantly, JCU offers you flexible study options and valuable opportunities to establish highly-influential networks within industry and government agencies, while you undertake your studies in leadership.

JCU’s MBA (Leadership) has a strong emphasis on leadership, modern governance and sustainable business practices. Among the study areas you’ll explore are:

  • People in Organisations
  • Leading and Managing Organisational Change
  • Leadership in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Value Leadership
  • Leadership
  • Cultural Leadership
  • International Business
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Accounting and Finance for Managers
  • Marketing Management
  • International Political Economy
  • Economics for a Sustainable World
  • Operations Management
  • Corporate Responsibility and Governance
  • Sustainable Enterprise.

Subjects consist of formative and summative assessment. Formative assessment tasks will be available on a regular basis so that you can assess your learning. Tutorials will ensure that you have opportunities to discuss and question your lecturers or tutors on the subject content in more detail.

On successful completion of the MBA (Leadership), you will be able to demonstrate abilities to:

  • Critically analyse complex business-related knowledge and practice from both historical and recent perspectives
  • Critically analyse leadership theories and skills required for building successful teams
  • Apply responsible leadership principles to effect change
  • Evaluate sustainable economic, social and environmental practices and value systems from different disciplinary perspectives
  • Critically analyse complex contemporary business issues using appropriate models and make reasoned recommendations based on multidisciplinary synthesis of theory and evidence
  • Present complex business analyses and information appropriately to diverse audiences
  • Exercise independent ethical judgment and initiative in solving differing business problems creatively.


JCU International Student Merit Stipend 25% for duration of course
JCU College Pathways Scholarships 25%
JCU College Progression Scholarships TBC
Australia Awards Scholarships 25% for duration of course
Destination Australia Scholarships A$15,000 / year (2021)


Diploma of Higher Education

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree. The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first-year degree subjects, designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right. Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you advanced standing, or credit, for some of the subjects you successfully completed.

Students in the Diploma course will enrol in specific study plans mapped to a target degree. You can choose from a variety of majors including:

  • Business
  • Business Studies
  • Education
  • Engineering and Applied Science
  • General Studies
  • Health
  • Information Technology
  • Psychological Science
  • Science
  • Social Work
  • Society and Culture

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