Graduate Diploma of Research Methods [SE]

Course Code





Science and Engineering

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of a three year AQF level 7undergraduate degree, from this or another university.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy. Contact

Additional selection requirements

Candidates will normally have a Credit average at third year level.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per faculty 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 Diploma 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

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

Award title


Approved Abbreviation


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.