Graduate Diploma of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine]

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Graduate Diploma of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine]

Build a foundational knowledge of research methods that can propel your education career to greater heights, including Masters and Doctoral research. With a focus on human and animal health in the tropics, you can develop specialist knowledge and conduct your own independent research project. Progress towards your academic goals under the guidance of expert researchers in a world-class learning environment.

Townsville, Cairns, Singapore
Start dates
February, July
1 year full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health, health science, medicine, medical science, or veterinary science discipline; with a minimum GPA of 5.0 in the final year; or equivalent

Career opportunities

A Graduate Diploma of Research methods can open doors to undertaking Masters or Doctoral research degrees. The course will equip you with the skills to undertake professional research at universities or private institutions.

Course highlights

Students will undertake an independent research project, guided by a planning subject in their first semester, before conducting their research data collection in their second semester. Students can also choose two research methods subjects from a list of twelve and two electives, to augment their knowledge in a particular area.

Course overview

This course is comprised of two core, and four elective subjects from JCU’s wide range of research-based subjects. Options including Primary Healthcare Research, Research Proposal Writing, Biomedical Epidemiology, Qualitative Research Methods and more are available to help tailor your knowledge to an area of interest.

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 Diploma of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine]

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of at least an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health, health science, medicine, medical science, or veterinary science discipline; with a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (credit average) in the final year; 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

24 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma 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


RM8301:06 Research Planning in Tropical Health and Medicine

RM8302:06 Research Project in Tropical Health and Medicine


Select 6 credit-points of postgraduate Research Methods subjects from List 1


Select 6 credit-points of postgraduate coursework or research dissertation subjects that have the following subject prefixes: TM, MI, HS, NS, OT, MD, DS, PP, PC, RH, PY, SL or TV

List 1

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

HS5106:03 Planning and Evaluation for Primary Health Care

HS7405:03 Research Methodologies for Health Professionals

MI5000:03 Clinical Epidemiology

NS5366:03 Practice Development Project

PY6010:03 Evaluation and Research

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health Practitioners

TV5320:03 Applied Protocol Writing











Expected time to complete

1 year 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)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements

Not applicable

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject


Advanced Standing


Eligibility for advanced standing will only apply to students who have completed the JCU Graduate Certificate of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine].

These students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine] may be eligible for up to 12 credit points of advanced standing for equivalent subjects.


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 13 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

Graduate Diploma of Research Methods

Approved abbreviation


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 Diploma 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 Diploma of Research Methods.

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.