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James Cook University

Location Townsville, Townsville Australia
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# =424

QS World University Rankings
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44

Undergraduate programs
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65

Postgraduate programs
stars

5

QS stars

James Cook University (JCU) is a world-class university that ranks consistently as one of the world’s top 300 universities, having also recently attained the prestigious QS 5 Stars ranking in 2021 for our achievements in the categories of teaching, employability, research and facilities. We are also the second-oldest university in Queensland and Australia’s leading university in the tropics.

Our work is driven by the belief to empower students to help them realise their potential and be a catalyst for innovation and connection to give back to the societies they exist in. JCU students explore, discover and grow through research and teaching that makes a difference to people and societies, the natural world and built environment and leave university prepared for the competitive demands of the global workforce.

In our constant pursuit of excellence in teaching and research, we have expanded our reach within Australia to ensure local relevance while also attaining global perspective with a comprehensive overseas presence spanning 14 discipline areas across 7 campus locations in 2 countries in Australia (Townsville, Cairns, Brisbane, Mackay, Mount Isa and Thursday Island) and Singapore. 

 We have a focus on:

• Allied Health and Pharmacy

• Biomedical Sciences

• Business, Law and Finance

• Marine Science

• Medicine and Dentistry

• Nursing and Midwifery

• Pathways and Preparation

• Planning, Development and the Environment

• Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

• Society and Culture

• Sport and Exercise Science

• Teaching and Education

• Tourism

• Veterinary and Animal Science


For more information on JCU, please visit: https://www.jcu.edu.au or https://www.jcu.edu.sg or https://www.jcub.edu.au

James Cook University (JCU) is a world-class university that ranks consistently as one of the world’s top 300 universities, having also recently attained the prestigious QS 5 Stars ranking in 2021 for our achievements in the categories of teaching, employability, research and facilities. We are also the second-oldest university in Queensland and Australia’s leading university in the tropics.

Our work is driven by the belief to empower students to help them realise their potential and be a catalyst for innovation and connection to give back to the societies they exist in. JCU students explore, discover and grow through research and teaching that makes a difference to people and societies, the natural world and built environment and leave university prepared for the competitive demands of the global workforce.

In our constant pursuit of excellence in teaching and research, we have expanded our reach within Australia to ensure local relevance while also attaining global perspective with a comprehensive overseas presence spanning 14 discipline areas across 7 campus locations in 2 countries in Australia (Townsville, Cairns, Brisbane, Mackay, Mount Isa and Thursday Island) and Singapore. 

 We have a focus on:

• Allied Health and Pharmacy

• Biomedical Sciences

• Business, Law and Finance

• Marine Science

• Medicine and Dentistry

• Nursing and Midwifery

• Pathways and Preparation

• Planning, Development and the Environment

• Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

• Society and Culture

• Sport and Exercise Science

• Teaching and Education

• Tourism

• Veterinary and Animal Science


For more information on JCU, please visit: https://www.jcu.edu.au or https://www.jcu.edu.sg or https://www.jcub.edu.au

University information

Admissions Philosophy

As North Queensland's leading institution of higher education, JCU recognises its integral and unique role in the education opportunities and research capacity of its graduates. JCU seeks to create a brighter future for life in the tropics worldwide, through graduates and discoveries that make a difference.

 Students are at the heart of JCU, and we understand the role that people from rural, regional and remote communities play in shaping future decisions made about life in the tropics. JCU is committed to ensuring appropriate pathways and opportunities are available for all students to pursue higher education and achieve their fullest potential.

JCU works with students to create opportunities and enduring, sustainable benefits for our region and beyond. To this end, we seek to admit students from all parts of Queensland, as well as other states and countries who aspire to:

  • Excellence in academic achievement, intellectual pursuits and creative endeavours
  • An understanding of, and respect for, intellectual, social and cultural differences
  • A commitment to community through public involvement, school activities, leadership and/or family, and
  • The ability to benefit from and contribute to a culturally and intellectually diverse community of scholar-citizens.


 To serve a student body of highly qualified, intellectually curious and actively involved students, JCU is committed to providing excellence in its learning and teaching environment, to promoting high levels of student engagement, and to offering appropriate support services.

By identifying students with outstanding potential and fostering continued personal development in the classroom and the community, JCU expects that future leaders of the state, the nation and the global community will emerge among its alumni.

 

More information

For any questions relating to the data available contact the Admissions team by email to [email protected] or [email protected] or [email protected]

 

 

IELTS

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

0

TOEFL

Minimum score

74

Maximum score

0

Cambridge CAE Advanced - Masters

Minimum score

169

Maximum score

176

IELTS - Masters

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

7

TOEFL - Masters

Minimum score

74

Maximum score

94

PTE Academic - Masters

Minimum score

52

Maximum score

65

Cambridge CAE Advanced - Bachelors

Minimum score

169

Maximum score

176

PTE Academic - Bachelors

Minimum score

52

Maximum score

65

International Baccalaureate - Bachelors

Minimum score

24

Maximum score

35

A-levels - Bachelors

Minimum score

4

Maximum score

13

ATAR - Bachelors

Minimum score

59

Maximum score

83

TOEFL - Bachelors

Minimum score

74

Maximum score

94

IELTS - Bachelors

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

7

State-of-the-art teaching and research facilities

JCU campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to allow optimal learning experiences. Our cutting-edge lecture theatres and our small tutorial sizes are designed to encourage collaborative learning and problem-solving. JCU’s external study options offer flexibility for students who want to complete courses at their own pace or from a distance.

JCU is continually making ground-breaking advances in research through our award-winning research centres and institutes. These include:

  • The Science Place, our stunning teaching and research facility that was awarded a prestigious LEED Gold rating for its environmentally sustainable design
  • The Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine (AITHM)
  • JCU’s Dentistry teaching facilities and dental clinic
  • The Australian Tropical Science and Innovation Precinct.


 JCU also offers access to learning and study spaces equipped with the latest technology, comprehensive libraries both on-campus and online, and multiple sporting facilities.

 

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees Domestic

Minimum amount

5565

Maximum amount

14420

Tuition fees Domestic (In State)

Minimum amount

Maximum amount

Tuition fees Domestic (Out of State)

Minimum amount

Maximum amount

Tuition fees International

Minimum amount

30080

Maximum amount

67200

Total students

8,709

UG students

83%

PG students

17%

International students

1,169

UG students

44%

PG students

56%

Total faculty staff

819

Domestic staff

82%

Int'l staff

18%

Student life

Hands-on learning in some of the most interesting locations on Earth

Nothing beats hands-on learning, which is why JCU provides as many opportunities for professional work experience as possible.

JCU’s unique campus locations means that students can complete practical experience in some of the most interesting places on Earth. Our Cairns and Townsville campuses are surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the wet tropics, the savannahs and the Great Barrier Reef. Our Singapore campus is set in the backdrop of Asia’s competitive economy.

 

Students can undertake professional placements in regional, rural and remote areas, or even overseas. There is also the opportunity to complete a placement or research project at one of JCU’s field stations. These include:

  • JCU Fletcherview Research Station – a working cattle station in the iconic Queensland outback
  • JCU Orpheus Island Research Station – a secluded island on the Great Barrier Reef that is home to the most diverse and beautiful marine, estuarine and terrestrial ecosystems in the world
  • JCU Daintree Rainforest Observatory – where students can explore the World Heritage listed Daintree Forest, the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest in Australia.


 JCU aims to equip and enable students to achieve their greatest potential.  Our graduates are continuously championing their fields of work to create a brighter future.

 

James Cook University Inter-campus Mobility Program

James Cook University provides the opportunity for students to study in Singapore and in Australia and yet still remain as Singapore based students paying their fees in Singapore currency. This is a unique program in Asia because the university operates across both countries. The program is designed to ensure students get the best possible outcomes from their years of study with the university.

James Cook University has been awarded a five-star rating for graduate employment for the tenth year in row.

The latest edition of The Good Universities Guide, Australia’s authoritative tertiary education guide, has awarded JCU 5 out of 5 stars for graduate employment, ranking it the number one university in Queensland in this category.

 

JCU is the only Queensland university, and one of only three Australian universities, to receive a five-star rating for graduate employment for the past 10 years in a row.

 

The five-star rating places JCU in the top 20% of Australian universities whose graduates were employed full-time within four months of graduation.

 

The Guide also awarded JCU 5 stars for:

  • Learner engagement  (the proportion of undergraduates who gave a positive assessment of their engagement with learning at their university),
  • Social equity  (the proportion of domestic students who come from low socioeconomic or disadvantaged backgrounds),
  • Skills development  (the proportion of undergraduates who rated their skills developed through university positively),
  • Student support  (proportion of undergraduates who rated student support at their university positively), and
  • Postgraduate starting salary  (the median starting salary for graduates employed full-time four months after completing their degrees).

Rankings & ratings

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #362
  • 2014
    #351
  • 2015
    #350
  • 2016
    #=387
  • 2017
    #=340
  • 2018
    #=367
  • 2019
    #=369
  • 2020
    #377
  • 2021
    #462
  • 2022
    #=424

Ranking criteria

27.1
Overall
15.1
Academic Reputation
11.3
Employer Reputation
9.5
Faculty Student Ratio
65.1
Citations per Faculty
64.7
International Faculty Ratio
33.8
International Students Ratio
QS Stars is a rating system that helps you select the right university based on your interests. It provides a detailed look at an institution, identifying which universities rate highest in the specific topics that matter to you, like facilities, graduate employability, social responsibility, inclusiveness, and more.

Available programs

 James Cook University offers 49 undergraduate degrees through six colleges and 32 areas of study. Out of all, Marine and Freshwater Biology is ranked at No. 1 in the world by CWUR.

With a reputation for excellence in teaching and research, we know the value of a world-class education: our students graduate to become leaders in their fields and their communities. What’s more, JCU has been awarded five stars for graduate job success for six years running by The Good Universities Guide.
Through our postgraduate courses, we aim to empower professionals to have a positive impact and make their lives matter. Enrol and gain the skills to build your brighter future, today.

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