Graduate Certificate of Research Methods [SE]

Course Code





Science and Engineering

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in any discipline 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

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

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

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

Demonstrate an advanced theoretical and practical understanding of methodological issues applicable to a detailed theoretical knowledge of at least one discipline area by:

  • Explaining the regulatory frameworks relating to research and/or professional/clinical practice within their discipline

  • Using current and relevant literature as warrants for competing or dominant perspectives in research and/or professional/clinical practice

  • Selecting and applying in-depth knowledge to the appropriate resolution of complex problems within the discipline

Demonstrate advanced skills in research methods by:

  • Retrieving, critically analysing and synthesising relevant and current discipline knowledge as a literature review consistent with discipline expectations

  • Communicating complex research and/or discipline concepts and plans to a broadly discipline-literate audience, using a variety of modes

  • Reviewing, analysing, consolidating and synthesising knowledge to identify, and provide solutions to, complex problems.

Apply advanced knowledge and skills, with limited supervision, in research or evidence-based practice contexts, by:

  • Critically reviewing and evaluating knowledge in their discipline and utilising well-developed judgement to identify unsolved problems in this domain, particularly as it applies to the context and peoples of the tropics

  • Integrating and adapting knowledge to solve complex problems within their own discipline or related area

  • Planning and executing a research project and/or piece of scholarship at a standard acceptable to the discipline and within currently accepted ethical guidelines.

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.