Graduate Diploma of Research Methods [MHMS]

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of a three year AQF level 7undergraduate 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 Credit average at third year level.

Special admission requirements


Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per faculty requirements

Additional course rules


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.

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Research Methods will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the application of contemporary, specialised knowledge and skills in clinical or health related research methods in the conduct of a research project with some independence

  • Conduct a research project using specialised knowledge and technical skills, including data collection and qualitative or quantitative research methods with independence

  • Interpret and apply established and evolving evidence in the design of a research project

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of research ethics to prepare a successful ethics application for a research project

  • Demonstrate a high standard of ethical conduct in their research exercising autonomy, responsibility, accountability and well‐developed judgement

  • Communicate specialised knowledge, ideas and arguments accurately, coherently and creatively to a variety of audiences through written manuscripts and oral presentations

  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for future professional development requirements based on reflection on current skills, knowledge and attitudes.

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

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements

Not applicable

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject


Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 10 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

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.