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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