James Cook University JCU

James Cook University (JCU) is ranked among the top two per cent of higher education institutions worldwide*. A JCU education equips graduates with the knowledge, work-ready skills and networks for careers that make a difference.

Study for life

James Cook University (JCU) is committed to top quality teaching, learning and research that delivers practical benefits to communities, industries and the global environment. Our students and researchers are equipped with skills and knowledge to meet the demands of the global workforce in the Tropics and throughout the world. 

JCU’s commitment to providing students with the skills needed to be job-ready is consistently rewarded with a five-out-of-five star rating for ‘Getting a Job’ (The Good Universities Guide 2017).


University courses

  • Arts – Anthropology, Archaeology, Criminology, English, History, Human Geography, Human Services, Modern Languages,  Multimedia Journalism and Writing, Politics and International Relations, Psychological Studies, Sociology
  • Biomedical Sciences 
  • Business – Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Intelligence and Info Systems, Business Law, Corporate Environmental Management, Economics, Financial Management, Governance, Health Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Human Resources Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Sports and Events Management 
  • Creative Media   
  • Dental Surgery 
  • Education (Teaching) – Early Childhood Education, Primary, Secondary, Ratep
  • Engineering – Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Electronic, Electronic Systems and Internet of Things, Mechanical
  • Healthcare Sciences – Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, Sport and Exercise Science
  • Information Technology 
  • Law 
  • Medicine and Surgery
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Nursing and Midwifery 
  • Pharmacy 
  • Planning
  • Psychological Science 
  • Science – Aquaculture Science and Technology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environmental Practice, Geology Marine Biology, Marine Science, Mathematics, Molecular and Cell Biology, Physics, Zoology and Ecology

JCU is ranked in the top two Australian universities and top 15 in the world in Environmental Sciences and Ecology (US News and Global Report Rankings 2017). 

  • Social Work 
  • Veterinary Science 


Flexible Learning Options

Students can choose an on-campus university lifestyle, study online and externally, or combine the two options. Within the degree, students also have the flexibility to enrol in a major from one discipline while broadening their knowledge by taking electives from other JCU disciplines. For example, mixing creative media with electives from business. 

Many students have the exciting opportunity to undertake part of their degree overseas. 


Campus Locations 

JCU is a multi-campus institution with our main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville. There are smaller study centres in Mount Isa, Thursday Island and Mackay.

Cairns City
36 Shields Street, CAIRNS QLD 4870

City City Arcade, 383 Flinders Street TOWNSVILLE QLD 4810


Fabulous Facilities 

Huge investments in university infrastructure ensure our students enjoy modern facilities, including: technologically advanced lecture theatres that support teaching and learning, a dental clinic, a variety of wet and dry laboratories, speech and language clinic, exercise physiology and movement analysis labs, veterinary hospital, modern libraries, computer labs, recording studio, video production unit, lighting studio, editing suites, art galleries and accommodation halls of residence. 

Field work at amazing locations

JCU’s access to the most spectacular and diverse natural laboratories in the world offer advantages to researchers and students that cannot be overstated.  Field site environments for research on coral reefs, tropical rainforests, coastal wetlands, woodland savannahs and the arid outback are all available in our backyard. The University has working field research stations that many students visit for field trips, study or research,  including: Fletcherview Research Station, Orpheus Island Research Station, Paluma Rainforest Field Station, JCU Veterinary Teaching Resource Centre (Malanda) and Daintree Rainforest Observatory Research Facility.


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Brisbane 349 Queen Street BRISBANE QLD 4000
Cairns McGregor Road SMITHFIELD QLD 4878
Mackay Level 1 Building K MACKAY QLD 4740
Mount Isa 100 Joan Street MOUNT ISA QLD 4825
Thursday Island Courthouse Building THURSDAY ISLAND QLD 4875
Townsville James Cook Drive TOWNSVILLE QLD 4811

2017 James Cook University JCU Scholarships

The scholarships listed below have been sourced from James Cook University JCU for 2017.
Please select one of the drop down options to see the available scholarships.

Description The scholarship was established in 2013 by the AMA Queensland Foundation. The AMA Queensland Foundation supports medical students who express an interest in practising medicine within indigenous or rural communities in Queensland for the entirety of their medical training.
Eligibility Applicants must: be Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent visa holders; be commencing the second year of the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery; be enrolled full-time; have obtained a GPA of 4.0 or above; and be experiencing financial hardship.
Annual amount $5,000
Application closing date 31 January
Support types Equity Scholarship,
Level of study Undergraduate,
Gender Co-Ed
Frequency of offer Annual
Length of support 6 years
Field of study
  • Medicine

2018 James Cook University Ratings and Rankings

These ratings for James Cook University were published in The Good Universities Guide 2018. Data is sourced from graduates four months post-graduation and other public sources.

Top 20% in AUS

Outside top 20% in AUS

Hover over our tooltip to see the Highest and Lowest percentage score universities in Australia have achieved for your rating type.

Rating Types University Ratings Field of Study Ratings
Social Equity 23.00%
Staff Qualification 85.00%
Student Demand
L: 30% M: 65% H: 5%
Student Retention Less than 1%
Student:Teacher Ratio 20:1
Learner Engagement 66.80%
Learning Resources 83.60%
Overall Experience 78.00%
Skills Development 81.90%
Student Support 75.30%
Teaching Quality 79.00%
Full-Time Employment 74.90%
Starting Salary $58,000

Name: Nicole Dunn

Course: Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Heading to the outback to get hands-on experience was an easy decision for Nicole. 

The final year student ranks her two rural placements, in Katherine and Mt Isa, as the highlight of her time at James Cook University. 

“Growing up in the country, I felt so at home,” she said. “I did a bit of my placement during the day and then after hours and on weekends I went exploring and met the locals.” 

Practical experience for Nicole started from her very first semester in the course, when she did some observation work at the Kirwan Health Centre. From second year, she did some paediatric observation before receiving her first caseload. 

“In second year, I got given two kids to see for one-on-one therapy once a week,” Nicole said. “I just love working with children and other people, and that was when I knew that was right for me. 

“Speech Pathologists go through the human lifespan. You can get jobs in paediatrics – right from when babies are born, all the way through to palliative care. There’s so many different places we can work, and we’re in really high demand, especially in rural areas.” 

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