Graduate Certificate of Research Methods [AESS]

Course Code





Arts, Education and Social Sciences

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree, from this or another university.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non-English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements

Candidates will normally have a Distinction average in at least 21 credit points at third year level in their major discipline; and

Special admission requirements

Will have obtained at least a Credit in any undergraduate research methods subjects relevant to their intended masters program.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points as per faculty requirements.

Additional course rules

Candidates shall enrol in a pilot study for their intended master’s project as a minor project subject within the Graduate Certificate program.

Additional completion requirements


Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Research Methods, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field, or a sub-field, of Education and/or related area of professional practice

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of recent developments, discourses and debates in the field, or a sub-field, of Education and/or related areas of professional practice

  • Demonstrate knowledge of James Cook University's Research Code of Conduct and of ethical practices in social science research

  • Develop advanced formal reading and writing and collaborative skills for educational research and/or related areas of professional practice

  • Identify, investigate, analyse and synthesise a research problem applying methodological concepts and theories in a small-scale research project

  • Apply the principles of ethical practice to the conduct of social science research

  • Design, plan, conduct and publish a substantial research-based project with creativity and initiative and a high level of autonomy and accountability.

Course Structure

The program is determined in consultation with the relevant Head of School, to enable the candidate to complete the University’s Confirmation of Candidature requirements for a Masters by Research degree.











Expected time to complete

6 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Not applicable

Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Not applicable

Supplementary exam for final subject


Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Candidates seeking eligibility to enrol for a Masters by Research degree will be required to obtain at least a Credit in their first minor project and an overall Credit average in order to be considered by the faculty for master’s candidature.