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Research Degrees

Information for research applicants – James Cook University

Disclaimer: This information is provided in good faith and is correct at September 2021. Please confirm these details with Study Options before making a formal application.

For information on the Higher Degrees by research that are available at James Cook University (JCU), please click here.

Before submitting an application for a Higher Degree by research at JCU, you must identify a suitable supervisor at the university. Potential supervisors can be found via the ‘JCU Research Portfolio’ site that can be accessed here.

When contacting supervisors we recommend that you communicate your research intent in a concise but well thought through manner – academic staff will receive a lot of similar requests and are only likely to respond positively to the ones that demonstrate commitment and ability. It is also a good idea to attach a CV (no longer than two pages) and a copy of your academic transcripts.

Once you have identified a suitable supervisor you should complete the ‘Expression of Interest’ form.

You should send the completed form to the supervisor that you have identified. The supervisor will respond indicating if they are interested in supervising your project. If you do not get a response from the supervisor within four weeks please contact Study Options.

If the supervisor indicates that they are happy to supervise you, you should contact Study Options,who will send you the relevant application forms and list of required documentation. We are the official representative of James Cook University in the UK and therefore if you submit your application through us it will be fast tracked through the assessment process. We are a completely free service.

Study Options is able to certify all of your academic documentation and liaise with the admissions teams with regards to your application. Once Study Options has submitted your application it will usually take between 8 and 12 weeks for the assessment to be completed. If your application is successful, Study Options will assist you with the acceptance and visa process. We can also provide advice and guidance on accommodation, bank accounts and more!