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1 year full-time
or part-time equivalent
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant discipline, with a minimum GPA of 5.0 in the final year; or equivalent
Looking to pursue postgraduate study and discovery? Develop the skills to excel in research with the Graduate Diploma of Research Methods [Tropical Environments and Societies].
This degree is a pathway for students who need an additional qualification to meet the entry requirements of a PhD or research-oriented Masters degree at JCU. Prior to enrolment in this degree, you will need a defined research topic for your PhD (or equivalent research degree) and the agreement of a supervisory team at JCU in the area of your planned research.
In this one-year degree, you will gain the fundamental skills, strategies and methods for planning, implementing and sustaining a research project as a professional and effective researcher.
Learn how to create a research proposal and conduct a literature review to an academic standard. You will have the opportunity to propose your own independent research project including a rationale, methods, and ethics applications. Complete a small-scale research project under the supervision of your committed supervisory panel, then design and execute a substantial research-based thesis to communicate your findings.
The Graduate Diploma of Research Methods [Tropical Environments and Societies] is ideal for students who need a pathway to conduct research in fields including humanities, environmental management, global development, history, education, business, law, finance and tourism relevant to a tropical context.
Upon graduation, you will be prepared to pursue a successful research career or apply your research skills in a professional context. Eligible graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Research Methods [Tropical Environments and Societies] may apply to Master of Philosophy or doctoral (PhD) programs in the field of tropical environments and societies.
Consult the handbook for more information.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Diploma of Research Methods [Tropical Environments and Societies].
JCU Diploma of Research Methods [Tropical Environments and Societies] graduates have the advanced research skills and knowledge to succeed in MPhil and PhD programs.
Graduates go on to pursue a higher degree by research in the field of Tropical Environments and Societies.
Information valid for students commencing in 2023
Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)
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Completion of at least an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant 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
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:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Postgraduate Research Methods.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
RM8101:06 Research Planning in Tropical Environments and Societies
RM8102:06 Research Project in Tropical Environments and Societies
Note: Optional subjects will be determined in consultation with research supervisors and will be put on the student’s study plan.
Select 6 credit points of any postgraduate Research Methods subject/s
Select 6 credit points of any postgraduate subjects
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
Supplementary exam for final subject
Eligibility for credit will only apply to students who have completed the JCU Graduate Certificate of Research Methods [Tropical Environments and Societies].
These students may apply for credit for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure
Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Research Methods [Tropical Environments and Societies] may be eligible for up to 12 credit points of credit for equivalent subjects.
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF RESEARCH METHODS
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
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.
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Estimated annual Commonwealth Supported fee: $AUD8,301.00
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD32,600.00
A Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.
Graduate Diploma of Research Methods [Tropical Environments and Societies] applicants must also complete and upload the following forms and documentary evidence with their application:
- Academic Transcript
- Testamur (only required if your transcript does not indicate degree completion)
- Research Area and a brief outline to ensure the most appropriate Advisor can be appointed for the duration of your course.
- Research Advisor with expertise in the field that aligns with your Research Area. A list of Advisors is available here.
It is preferred that you nominate a Research Advisor at the time of application, however, it is not mandatory at the time of submitting your application.