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What will I learn?

What to expect

In a Doctor of Philosophy (Indigenous), you will develop confidence in navigating Indigenous and non-Indigenous standpoints, creating new approaches to complex issues. Designed for high performing university graduates, the PhD (Indigenous) is a postgraduate research degree with a supervised project of original research at its core.

Throughout your degree, you will receive guidance from our extended advisory team, giving you space to innovate with structures to support you. Your candidature will be structured through a series of specialised Indigenous research intensives and support from highly experienced advisors. You will identify a novel approach to explore a real world issue, develop a research question, design and implement your project, and analyse the findings. This work will allow you to develop a proposition that contributes to existing understandings through the completion of a PhD (Indigenous) thesis.

Influence the future of Indigenous communities in the Tropics.

JCU candidates are driven by the possibility of positive change. Choose from a broad range of research areas to suit your professional qualifications and interests. You will be supported to develop your own topic throughout the first months of your candidature. Research areas include:

Indigenous studies, Indigenous knowledges, Indigenous cultures, Indigenous education, Indigenous community development, Indigenous intersections with other disciplines, Other research topics relating to Indigenous peoples and Indigenous ideas.

Career Opportunities: JCU Doctor of Philosophy (Indigenous) graduates are internationally recognised as experts who can navigate Indigenous and western ideas to generate innovative responses to complex challenges. Throughout your candidature you will have the opportunity to undertake an industry internship, applying your knowledge in professional settings. Use the research and high-level problem solving skills developed through your PhD (Indigenous) to contribute to the issues that matter to you most. Graduates pursue careers in policy, public service, corporate organisations, not-for-profit sectors, media, research and education. Graduates can also continue their independent research through postdoctoral research or research fellowships.

Which department am I in?

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

CRICOS

106733D

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$33,600.00 (18,10,345) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 September 2022, 3 January 2023, 28 March 2023, 27 June 2023

Venue

Smithfield Campus

14-88 McGregor Road,

SMITHFIELD,

Queensland,

4878, CAIRNS, Australia

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$33,600.00 (18,10,345) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 September 2022, 3 January 2023, 28 March 2023, 27 June 2023

Venue

Townsville City Campus

City Arcade, 383 Flinders Street,

TOWNSVILLE CITY,

Queensland,

4810, TOWNSVILLE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible to apply for entry to a Doctoral program, an applicant must demonstrate the capacity to undertake research at the Doctoral level by the attainment of at least one of the following: A Bachelor’s degree with at least Second Class, Division A (Honours) in a degree program that included a total of at least a 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 one semester or equivalent and resulted in the production of output(s) graded at the equivalent of Distinction or better, and (b) at least one research methods subject; A Research Masters degree, where at least two thirds of the degree consisted of a supervised research component and resulted in the production of a thesis or equivalent. 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); C1 Advanced / C2 Proficiency: 176 (no component less than 169).

For international students

To be eligible to apply for entry to a Doctoral program, an applicant must demonstrate the capacity to undertake research at the Doctoral level by the attainment of at least one of the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with at least Second Class, Division A (Honours) in a degree program that included a total of at least a 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 one semester or equivalent and resulted in the production of output(s) graded at the equivalent of Distinction or better, and (b) at least one research methods subject;
  • A Research Masters degree, where at least two thirds of the degree consisted of a supervised research component and resulted in the production of a thesis or equivalent;
  • Enrolment at this or another Australian university in a higher degree by research for the equivalent of at least 0.5 EFTSL with demonstrated satisfactory performance in the supervised research component(s);
  • A combination of qualifications, research training and experience, considered equivalent to the above by the Responsible Academic Officer in the Enrolling Organisational Unit, e.g., senior authorship of at least one peer-reviewed publication plus completion of an appropriate research methods subject.

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); C1 Advanced / C2 Proficiency: 176 (no component less than 169).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is ranked among the top 2 per cent of universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2020.

  • Ranked in the top 300 universities in the world
  • Rated world-class or better in 83 per cent of research areas
  • Top 100 universities in the world for UN SDG
  • Rated 5 stars for employment, student support and skills