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

The Master of Philosophy is a research degree designed for graduates from various disciplines who wish to pioneer new knowledge and present the culmination of their research via a thesis.

You will do an integrated research project that culminates in the submission of a thesis and demonstrates the capacity for critical analysis and original research.

James Cook University will form an advisory panel comprised of a Primary Advisor, Secondary Advisor and Advisor Mentor to assist HDR (Higher Degree by Research) candidates in their research journey.Research areas available include: arts, anthropology, social sciences, game design, banking and finance, tourism, psychology, aquaculture, marine ecology, interdisciplinary topics, and other themes can be arranged to meet the needs of candidates.

Programme Structure

Candidates are required to complete core subjects before embarking on the thesis component, as per course structure below.

Core Subjects

  • Planning the Research: Masters Candidates
  • Situating the Research: Masters Candidates

+ One of the below

  • Master of Philosophy Research Thesis (Architecture and Building)
  • Master of Philosophy Research Thesis (Information Technology)
  • Master of Philosophy Research Thesis (Management and Commerce)
  • Master of Philosophy Research Thesis (Education)
  • Master of Philosophy Research Thesis (Society and Culture)
  • Master of Philosophy Research Thesis (Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies)
  • Master of Philosophy Research Thesis (Health)
Admission Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to undertake research at the Research Masters level by the attainment of at least one of the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with at least Second Class Division B (Honours) in a degree program that included a total of at least a 0.5 semester of supervised project work, the results of which contributed to the Honours grade;
  • A postgraduate qualification, which included: (a) supervised research component(s) of at least 0.5 semester (or equivalent) and resulted in the production of output(s) graded at the equivalent of Credit of better, and (b) at least one research methods subject;
  • A Graduate Certificate or Diploma in Research Methods with a Grade Point Average of Credit or above in addition to a Bachelor’s degree;
  • A combination of qualifications and research experience considered equivalent to the above and deemed appropriate by the university, e.g. junior authorship of a peer-reviewed research publication plus completion of an appropriate research methods subject.

Note: Candidates who do not meet any of the above may apply for a higher degree pathway offered in the form of the Graduate Certificate of Research Methods or the Graduate Diploma of Research Methods.

English Requirements

  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of IELTS 6.5 (no component lower than 6.0) / TOEFL (Internet Based) 86 (no component less than 21) / Pearson PTE Academic 58 (no component less than
    54); or
  • Satisfactory completion of James Cook University Singapore English Language Preparatory Program
    (ELPP); or
  • Successful completion of other qualifications completed in English Language deemed comparable to Australian standards within the last two years on a case-by-case basis
Dates & Fees

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Contact Details

James Cook University (Singapore Campus)
149 Sims Drive
Singapore 387380

Tel: +65 6709 3888