About James Cook University
One of the world's leading institutions focusing on the tropics, Australia's James Cook University is surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the Wet tropics, the dry savannahs, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef. Its unique location enables students from Australia and overseas to study in a diverse physical environment unparalleled by any university in the world.
Born for the tropics
Ranked in the top 2 percent of the world's tertiary institutions by the respected Academic Ranking of World Universities produced by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, James Cook University is dedicated to creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide, through graduates and discoveries that make a difference.
Dedicated to research
The University conducts nationally significant and internationally recognised research in areas such as marine sciences, biodiversity, tropical ecology and environments, global warming, tourism, and tropical medicine and public health care in under-served populations.
A comprehensive university
Since its establishment in 1970, James Cook have expanded into a multi-campus institution with main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville, with smaller study centres in Mount Isa, Thursday Island and Mackay. They also have a campus in Brisbane, operated by Russo Higher Education.
Total students: 23,000 (24% postgraduate)6
Graduate Satisfaction & Employment
James Cook University performs close to average on most postgraduate outcomes and are most likely to be hired for full-time employment.
Overall satisfaction1: 80.0% (national average 83.0%)
Teaching quality rating2: 71.0% (national average 71.8%)
Skills improvement rating3: 78.1% (national average 79.7%)
Full-time employment4: 91.0% (national average 83.5%)
Median salary5: $80,000 (national average $80,000)
Employer satisfaction7: 90.6% (national average 84.0%)
Source: Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching
Applying for postgraduate study
How we select
JCU's postgraduate degrees have Admissions Requirements which must be met by all applicants.
What we consider
Applicants will generally be considered for an offer on the basis of their undergraduate degree, however some courses also have additional selection criteria such as an interview, referee report or a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) requirement.
- The percentage of graduates who expressed overall satisfaction with their course, based on an individual question in the CEQ.
- The percentage of graduates who agreed they experienced good teaching practices during their study.
- The percentage of graduates who agreed their studies had improved their generic skills.
- The proportion of graduates who were employed full-time four months after completing their course, as a percentage of those who were available for full-time employment.
- The median salary level of graduates who were in full-time employment.
- Department of Education and Training Higher Education Statistics.
- The extent to which employers were satisfied with graduates from Australian Catholic University, as per the 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey.