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Master of Philosophy (Natural and Physical Sciences)

Course Description

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) offers postgraduate research supervision on a smaller scale than the PhD, towards which it can provide a pathway.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of a Masters Degree (Research) will have:


*A body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in one or more disciplines
*Advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning.


*Cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and its application
*Cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
*Cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
*Cognitive and technical skills to design, use and evaluate research and research methods
*Communication and technical skills to present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences
*Technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge.

Graduates of a Masters Degree (Research) will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
*With creativity and initiative to new situations and/or for further learning
*With high level personal autonomy and accountability
*To plan and execute a substantial piece of research.

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Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 2 - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 6.5 (no component lower than 6.0), OR
*TOEFL – 570 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 90 (minimum writing score of 21), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 64

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
JCU scholarship applicants require Band 3a

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

Visit the Master of Philosophy (Natural and Physical Sciences) page on the James Cook University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Completion of a recognised, appropriate undergraduate degree, or equivalent prior learning including appropriate professional experience. Requirements for admission can be found at HDR Degree Requirements View Website .

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