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1 year full-time
or part-time equivalent
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
Combine your passions for research and healthcare in the tropics. Study two core subjects, plus tailor your course to suit your interests and choose four electives from JCU’s wide range of research-based subjects. Options include Primary Healthcare Research, Research Proposal Writing, Biomedical Epidemiology Qualitative Research Methods, plus more.
Complete a small-scale research project, then design and execute a substantial research-based thesis and communicate your findings to a variety of audiences.
Benefit from the guidance of leading research advisors. You will graduate with the skills to undertake professional research in the field of Tropical Health and Medicine at universities and private institutions.
Consult the handbook for more information.
JCU Graduate Diploma of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine] graduates have the skills to succeed in a higher degree by research.
Graduates pursue MPhil or PhD programs in the field of Tropical Health and Medicine and go on to lead successful research careers. You will also have the skills to undertake minor research projects in your workplace.
Graduate Diploma of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine]
Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)
Tropical Health and Medicine
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
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:
RM8301:06 Research Planning in Tropical Health and Medicine
RM8302:06 Research Project in Tropical Health and Medicine
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 or equivalent subject pre-fixes as approved by the college Associate Dean, Research Education.
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
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
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
Eligibility for credit will only apply to students who have completed the JCU Graduate Certificate of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine].
These students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine] 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 candidate 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.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Dr. Haipeng Jin
Graduate Certificate of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine]
“My supervisors offered me great guidance and consistent support through my doctoral studies. I also benefitted from academic writing workshops. The discussions with colleagues about work and life added more fun to my PhD journey. I look forward to using what I have learnt at JCU to do more high-quality research.”
Dr Diana Mendez
Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Research Methods Course Coordinator
You’ll build your research capacity and credentials towards pursuing further Master or Doctoral studies. This learning experience will lead you into the exciting world of research and help you contribute to your field of interest, as well as effect change in your industry by answering real-world questions.