James Cook University




University Location Townsville or Cairns, Queensland
City Population 194,000
Student Population 22,000
Int'l Student Population 6,640
Main Campus Townsville
Program Campus Townsville or Cairns
Program Duration 2 years
Semester Intake February & July
Application Deadline No set deadline*

Studying STEM at James Cook University

Located in Australia’s wet tropics, James Cook University teaches across two main campuses, in Townsville and Cairns. Each location a mix of small-town charm and bustling city, nestled in a thriving coastal landscape.

Here you’ll enjoy smaller class sizes, opportunities for one-on-one learning and positive interpersonal relationships with your educators and fellow students alike—honestly, some of the friendliest, most passionate educators we’ve ever met!

As part of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, the College of Science and Engineering champions the study of STEM. The college is a comprehensive provider of world-class research and undergraduate and postgraduate programs in a range of science, technology, and engineering disciplines.

As a student at James Cook University, you will be situated in one of the most biologically diverse locations in the world. The Great Barrier Reef is right at your doorstep! Studying here will allow you to develop and utilize your skills across a broad range of fields in the STEM world.

JCU practices what they preach! The recently upgraded Science Place facility was designed with innovation and a minimal impact footprint in mind.

JCU is the university for the Tropics. Your studies will equip you with the knowledge and skills to promote the conservation of most of the world’s biodiversity. Gain in-depth experience through field trips, laboratory-based classes, research projects and professional internship opportunities through JCU’s unique access to learning environments including the JCU Orpheus Island Research Station, the new Technology and Innovation Centre at the JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas, the Marine and Aquaculture Research Facility (MARF), as well as the Advanced Analytical Centre (AAC) and high-performance supercomputer.

On this page you’ll find a list of available study areas for international students. Because we can’t highlight all available programs, we have chosen a few popular programs for Canadians. If what you’re looking for isn’t shown, please reach out to [email protected].

STEM Study Areas

Master of Marine Biology
Duration: 2 years
Campus: Townsville
Intakes: January & July

Develop a comprehensive knowledge of marine biology as well as a diverse skill set with this interdisciplinary marine biology degree. Participate in specialized, hands-on training in unmatched locations like the JCU Orpheus Island Research Station on the Great Barrier Reef. Gain extensive experience in research methods and data and laboratory analysis while honing your data science and communication skills to bring your practice and research to the next level.

In the three-month internship option, you can gain professional experience in conservation science, environmental management, fisheries, eco-tourism, science communication, big data, or policy development.

#1 in the world for Marine and Freshwater Biology

Master of Global Development
Duration: 2 years
Campus: Cairns, Online
Intakes: February & July

Gain the expertise and specialist skills to help direct development initiatives like poverty alleviation, sustainable planning, and global health. Consolidate and extend your expertise in Global Development and join a new generation of ethical global citizens and change-makers. JCU’s central, tropical location gives global development graduates a unique platform for engaging with pressing global development issues.

Benefit from a multifaceted approach to learning. Undertake an individual research project and take advantage of a domestic or international internship that will expand your professional network. Develop and apply leadership skills by partnering with leading global organizations.


Information Technology & Engineering
Information technology is an ever-evolving discipline and a degree at James Cook University will allow you to thrive in this dynamic industry. Programs are designed to create agile thinkers and innovative developers. You can be assured that an education at JCU will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to impress future employers.

Study areas include data science and information technology.

Engineering gives you the opportunity to bring your own creativity to the table. When research becomes daunting, take comfort in the opportunities that you will be given to demonstrate your skills in a real-world setting. Go beyond the books with a degree that encourages innovation, creative thinking and problem-solving.

Designed based on feedback from industry leaders, you will develop the necessary abilities to enter the world of engineering and delve into the issues that are being addressed today and in the future.

Master of Information Technology
Duration: 2 years
Campus: Brisbane, Cairns
Intakes: February, May, September

Expand your career and enhance your employability by gaining expert skills in information technology (IT) including computer programming, data analysis and multimedia. Learn how to identify and diagnose technical issues, create solutions, and improve technical systems.

In the Master of Information Technology degree, you will study four foundational subjects: internet fundamentals; database modelling; problem solving and programming; and either web design and development or e-strategic management. Students enrolled in Cairns can major in computing, while students enrolled in JCU Brisbane can also choose from a Business Informatics major and a Game Design major.

Connect with Us

If you’re interested in applying to a graduate STEM program at James Cook University, please reach out to the OzTREKK admissions officer listed below. Together, we’ll find a program that fits!

Admissions Timeline

*While there is no set application deadline, you are encouraged to submit your application a minimum of 6 months prior to the program start date.


Here are some of the most frequently asked STEM questions we receive. Of course, if you don’t see your question listed here, please feel free to email us!

Are there any scholarships for international students?

Scholarship options in Australia are usually limited for international students as they tend to be reserved for those undertaking postgraduate research degrees; however, we can advise you where to look and whether specific programs have a history of offering scholarships.

Occasionally, scholarships are granted to high achievers—those with very high marks. In previous years, we have seen $5000- to $10,000-scholarships given to OzTREKK students.

Check out OzTREKK’s Financing page to learn more about scholarships and paying for your degree.

What does “rolling admissions” mean?

Rolling admissions means the university assesses applications as they are received, or on a “first come, first served” basis. As soon as they’ve met the quota and the program is filled, they close the applications. So, for a program that has rolling admissions, the earlier you apply the better!

How does OzTREKK know if my application will be competitive?

The majority of Canadians applying to full-degree programs in Australia (i.e., not study abroad courses, which usually only last a semester or two) apply through OzTREKK. They’re studying medicine, dentistry, law, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, etc.

Since they’re using OzTREKK’s services, this gives us a good idea of the starting point of a competitive application each year, allowing our admissions officers to help you determine which universities/programs are most likely to present you with a letter of offer!

You can get started on determining your chances by reviewing the admissions requirements on each program page. Then, visit our GPA Conversions and Eligibility pages for details and suggestions to help you get into the program of your dreams. Of course, OzTREKK is always here to help if you have questions.

What is a 5.0 GPA in Australia?

Unlike in Canada, GPAs in Australia are simple. They are standardized, so they mean the same thing to everyone.

In Australia, a 5.0 / 7.0 would roughly translate to a 2.7 / 4.0 or approximately 70% – 72%, but keep in mind all universities assess slightly differently.

Learn more on our GPA Conversions page where we list the most common Canadian GPA scales to their corresponding Australian GPA grade.

Which prerequisites do I need?

Prerequisite courses vary by university and by program. We’ve listed university- and program-specific requirements on each program’s page under “Admissions Requirements.”

Can I do my courses online?

Some programs may offer online delivery, although it is important to note that international students in an online program are not eligible for an Australian student visa. If you choose to study online, you will have to study this program from your home country.

Can I transfer credits from my Canadian university?

Typically, international universities do not allow an automatic transfer of studies; however, you can apply for credit based on your previous studies, and if the university determines your previous courses are equivalent to those in their program, they will offer you credit for those subjects.

To apply for credit, you will need to provide a list of subjects from your undergraduate degree that you feel are relevant to this program or which might overlap with program content. You will then need to collect the detailed course outlines for each of these subjects, and we can submit these to the Australian university with your application.

What does an “Honours” program mean?

Honours studies in Australia differ from Honours studies at Canadian universities. In Australia, an Honours degree is typically awarded after an additional year of research has been completed following the standard 3-year undergraduate degree program. In Canada, an Honours degree is usually awarded after four years of undergraduate study and may or may not include an undergraduate thesis, depending on the school and program.

What are official transcripts, and how do I send them?

Currently, our Australian universities require original transcripts to assess your application—certified by OzTREKK, which means we have to put our stamp on paper. Literally.

Usually, students order transcripts from their high school, college and/or university and have them mailed to our office. Alternatively, you can pick up your transcripts and mail them to OzTREKK, as long as they remain in their original, sealed envelopes.

You will need to submit final transcripts (showing your degree/diploma is completed) from every institution you have attended. We only require one copy of each transcript, even if you apply to multiple universities or programs.

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Alternatively, your high school, college and/or university can email them to [email protected].

P.S. Try sending your documents via FedEx and Purolator, especially when you need your documents to arrive at our office ASAP. If you use Canada Post’s courier Xpresspost, please don’t request a signature, as this can add unexpected delays!

As soon as your transcript arrives, we’ll let you know!

When should I apply?

Applications typically open a year in advance of the program start date. We recommend that you begin your application in January/February and aim to have your documents in by the spring/early summer.

What if my transcripts / documents are not in English?

If your documents are not in English, you must provide full translation of each document, either prepared by your university or by a registered translator. You must not translate the documents yourself.

Please note OzTREKK must receive the official translation directly from the university or translator in order to certify the document. Please read How Do I Send My Transcripts for more information.