Master of Philosophy - Creative Arts (By Research)

James Cook University JCU

In this program students complete an integrated project including a creative work in the chosen discipline together with appropriate documentary evidence of the creative practice underpinning the work and a substantial thesis or equivalent, synthesising the research and creative practice.

Entry Requirements:

A relevant Honours degree (Class I or II); or a postgraduate qualification in Research Methods: a postgraduate qualification which included 0.5 semester supervised research with a minimum Credit grade (or equivalent) and 1 research methods subject; or a combination of qualifications and research equivalent to the above


Research degree oriented towards a student's own artistic practice. Study areas within the School include Communication design; Music; Creative industries; Photography; New media arts; Visual arts.

Subjects you can Study:

Creative arts; Music; Photography

Further information:

Applicants need to discuss their proposed research topic with an appropriate research supervisor. This course is also available to international students by offshore external study. For more information:

Who for:

Creative arts graduates

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00117J

Related Careers:

Artist, Craftsperson, Musician, Photographer,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Cairns No info Yes Online
Cairns No info Yes Full time 2 years
Cairns No info Yes Part time 4 years
Townsville No info Yes Online
Townsville No info Yes Full time 2 years
Townsville No info Yes Part time 4 years

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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