Master of Science

Advance your professional career in science with independent research or a focused industry project. Through your studies, you will expand your knowledge and understanding of the problems facing natural environments as well as their solutions, using the complex reef and terrestrial environments of the tropics as examples. You will also expand your practical, analytical and communication skills, and gain first-hand experience through your course work classes. You can concentrate your studies by choosing from seven majors.

Top 75 in the world

for Ecology 2023 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

Top 100 in the world

for Earth and Marine Sciences 2024 QS World University Rankings

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  • Townsville: February, July
  • Cairns: February, July




+estimated annual Commonwealth Supported Fee for a full-time study load

^estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible


1.5 years full-time

Entry Requirements

AQF Level 7 bachelor degree in science with minimum GPA of 5.0; or equivalent

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Real stories

  • Student Master of Science: Fisheries Science and Management


    Sheila Villora

    Master of Science, majoring in Fisheries Science and Management

    JCU is one of the world’s leading universities in Marine Science and offers study on Fisheries Management in the Tropics. This was the main reason I travelled from Germany to study here in Townsville. I had the opportunity to work on projects which will help to conserve the marine environment on an international scale.

  • Nut Munpholsri  Master of Science (Tropical Biology and Conservation)

    International Student - Thailand

    Nut Munpholsri

    Master of Science, majoring in Tropical Biology and Conservation

    I was looking for opportunities to study and conduct research in a thriving environment. JCU location provides a great opportunity for my field. My aim is to acquire research skills, build up international networks, and return to Thailand to join a research team.

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    Dr Naomi Gardiner

    Senior Lecturer, Marine & Aquaculture Sciences

    The best part of working at JCU is being part of an incredibly vibrant, active and diverse team of students and staff. Together our JCU Science team regularly makes breakthrough discoveries that change paradigms and practices globally. It is great to be able to contribute to work that really does make a difference.