Graduate Certificate of Research Methods [Tropical Environments and Societies]

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Graduate Certificate of Research Methods [Tropical Environments and Societies]

Gain the formal research training experience you need to begin an exciting professional research degree at James Cook University.

Townsville, Cairns, Singapore
Start dates
February, July
6 months full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus, Off campus
An AQF level 8 qualification with a 5.0 GPA and grade of 65% or better in one advanced research methods subject, or equivalent.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.


Graduate Certificate of Research Methods [Tropical Environments and Societies]

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Course code


Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)


Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of at least an AQF level 8 qualification in a relevant discipline with a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (credit average) in the final year AND a grade of credit (65%) or better in a minimum of one advanced research methods or analysis subject; or other qualifications recognised by the University as equivalent.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements

Quota restrictions on the number of places available may apply from time to time as determined by the College.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points as per course structure.

Course learning outcomes

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

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

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of research ethics in the preparation of a successful ethics application for a research project

  • Design, plan, conduct and complete a substantial research-based thesis with creativity and initiative and a high level of autonomy and accountability

  • Analyse and interpret results from a research project, and critically evaluate and synthesise results in the context of contemporary research literature and / or demonstrate advanced knowledge of recent developments, discourses and debates in a relevant discipline area and/or related areas of professional practice

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

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

Course Structure


RM8101:06 Research Planning in Tropical Environments and Societies

RM8102:06 Research Project in Tropical Environments and Societies













Expected time to complete

6 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

2 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Not applicable

Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Not applicable

Supplementary exam for final subject


Advanced Standing


Applicants who have achieved either a Conceded Pass or Pass in both RD7001 and RD7002 or a Conceded Pass or Pass in both RM7001 and RM7002 may be eligible to apply for advanced standing for this degree.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the four (4) years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled six (6) years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


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Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students seeking admission to a research higher degree should consult the University’s HDR Degree by Research Requirements.

Students seeking admission to a Masters by Research must have obtained at least a GPA 5.0 (Credit) for the Graduate Certificate of Research Methods.

To be eligible to apply for direct admission to a PhD, students must have obtained at least a GPA 6.0 (Distinction) for the Graduate Certificate of Research Methods, and have successfully completed an appropriate research methods subject at AQF 8 or higher.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.