• One year diploma designed specifically for international students
  • Enter directly into year 2 of the Bachelor of Science
  • Supportive learning environment to empower you to succeed
Testimonial by Marco

“The lecturers are the very best in their area and that makes a huge difference. You can actually see how they enjoy teaching, you see the passion that they have and they just want to be there to share their knowledge, their energy and their passion with the students. They really engage with you.”

Marco, Mexico
Master of Marine Biology & Ecology

  • Campus: Townsville
  • Duration: 1 year full-time
  • Start Date: February and July
  • Course Fee: A$29,200
  • CRICOS Course Code: 0100450
  • Study Mode: On-campus


A Diploma of Science with James Cook University College is the perfect pathway into a James Cook University science degree.

With four exciting majors to choose from when you transfer from the Diploma of Science into 2nd year of the Bachelor of Science, you are sure to find a degree program that is right for you. Be inspired by JCU's living laboratories - with superb coral reefs, fragile wetlands, tropical rainforests, dry savannahs and amazing flora and fauna right on the doorstep.


Diploma of Science


Academic: Guaranteed entry where applicants have obtained a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) or passes in at least 3 academic subjects from Year 12 or equivalent

English: JCU College English for Academic Purposes Level 2 or IELTS 5.5 (no band less that 5.0) or equivalent


JCU excels as an educational institute in the area of science, specifically marine science, with a #1 global ranking for its marine science program.

The science graduates of James Cook University have prepared for and are equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

Completing the Diploma of Science with JCU will help you to prepare to enter the Bachelor of Science.

Studying a combination of the diploma and bachelor science courses will instil values such as a commitment to lifelong learning, intellectual development and exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards.

JCUs practical learning elements within this course provide students with a near perfect portrayal of the skills they will need when they’re ready to enter the workforce.

Another focus is ensuring that international students can take everything they’ve learned back home to help their community.


The Diploma of Science pathway will give you the freedom to choose from majors in:

Aquaculture Science and Technology, Earth Science, Marine Biology & Zoology and Ecology.

Aquaculture Science and Technology

Aquaculture farming is poised to provide a major component of the world's food supply by producing fish, crustaceans, molluscs, algae, sea vegetables and fish eggs, for food, research, sport, bait and aquariums. JCU's own Aquarium Complex in Townsville and JCU Orpheus Island Research Station in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park provide both practical and research experience. You’ll learn from JCU's internationally-recognised staff and benefit from their direct links with international researchers, the aquaculture industry and peak industry bodies. Industry placements will help you begin building your own industry networks.

Earth Science

To give you broad career options when you graduate, you can study a multidisciplinary curriculum with one or more Majors according to your own interests. Learn to measure and record environmental features. Study, assess and develop methods to control or minimise the harmful effects of human activity on the environment. Gain skills in managing soil and contaminated land, group water assessments, mine environment management, and waste planning. Through scientific assessment, learn to develop cost effective and innovative techniques to provide solutions for environmental management.

Marine Biology

At JCU you'll study among some of the world’s most diverse and precious marine habitats, with access to reefs, mangroves, sandy beaches, mud banks and seagrass beds – all within 1-2 hours from campus. You'll explore how marine plants and animals interact with their environment, how living marine resources are affected by human-introduced variables, and how oceans and atmosphere interact.

Zoology and Ecology

Grasp the opportunity to start contributing to research that addresses real world problems as you study. Be part of studies that address complex local and global tropical issues like deforestation, infrastructure expansion, habitat fragmentation, overhunting, invasive species and other environmental perils. Explore biosecurity and invasive species, behavioural ecology, conservation biology, and ecological modelling. Study a wide range of species including all higher order kingdoms – animals, plants and fungi.