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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
Looking to pursue postgraduate study and discovery? Develop the skills to excel in health and medical research with the Graduate Diploma of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine]. In this one-year degree, you will gain fundamental skills, strategies and methods for planning, implementing and completing a research project in a field of animal or human health.
Combine your passions for research and healthcare in the tropics. Study two core subjects, and tailor your course to suit your interests by choosing four electives from JCU’s wide range of research-based subjects. Options include Research Methodologies for Health Professionals, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health Practitioners, and more
Learn how to develop and write a research proposal and conduct a literature review to an academic standard. You will have the opportunity to design your own independent research project including a rationale, methods and ethics application. Complete a small-scale research project, then plan and write a research-based thesis and communicate your findings to a variety of audiences.
As you learn how to conduct independent research, you’ll be supported by leading research advisors, who provide personal advice and guidance tailored to your research focus and your own developing research style.
Upon graduation, you will be prepared to successfully apply your research skills in a professional medical or clinical context. Eligible graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine] may apply to higher degree by research programs in the field of Tropical Health and Medicine.
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 Graduate Diploma of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine].
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.
Information valid for students commencing in 2023
Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)
Medicine and Dentistry
Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences
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.
Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course. Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.
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.
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
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 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 Health and Medicine].
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 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.
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Graduate Diploma of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine]
The staff at JCU really care about you and support you to grow your skills. There is a real understanding of what you are going through at different stages of your life, it’s a very personalised and non-judgmental approach. I received a really high standard and quality of teaching.
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.