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1 year full-time
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
English language requirements
If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.
Looking to pursue postgraduate study and discovery? Develop the skills to excel in health and medical research with the Graduate Diploma of Research Methods. 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 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.
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 2024.|
Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)
Medicine and Dentistry
Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences
Arts, Society and Education
Business, Law and Governance
Science and Engineering
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.
RM8501:06 Research Planning
RM8502:06 Research Project
Select 6 credit-points of discipline appropriate postgraduate Research Methods subjects from List 1 or or equivalent subjects in consultation with the research project advisor and College Associate Dean, Research Education or Course Coordinator
Select 6 credit-points of discipline appropriate postgraduate coursework or research dissertation subjects in consultation with the research project advisor and College Associate Dean, Research Education or Course Coordinator
BC5203:03 Advanced Bioinformatics
BZ5990:03 Toolkit for the Field Biologist
CP5090:03 Scientific Research Methods
CP5634:03 Data Mining
EA5018:03 Field Studies in Tropical Land and Water Science
ED5097:03 Research Design and Proposal
ED5190:03 Introduction to Educational Research
EV5502:03 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
EV5506:03 Remote Sensing
EV5953:03 Research Methods for Global Development
HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals
HS7405:03 Research Methodologies for Health Professionals
LB5535:03 Multidisciplinary Research and Communication
MA5820:03 Statistical Methods for Data Scientists
SC5055: 03 Research Methods and Communication Skills
SC5202:03 Quantitative Methods in Science
SC5502:03 Design and Analyses in Ecological Studies
SS5103: 06 Post-Graduate Research Methods for the Social Sciences
TM5506:03 Social Science in Public Health
TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health
TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health
TM5529:03 Applied Health Economics
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Health and Medicine disciplines are not available at this campus location
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.
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 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 Philosophy must have obtained at least a GPA 5.0 (Credit) for the supervised research component of the Graduate Diploma of Research Methods (RM8501 and RM8502).
To be eligible to apply for direct admission to a Doctorate of Philosophy, must have obtained at least a GPA 6.0 (Distinction) for the supervised research component of the Graduate Diploma of Research Methods (RM8501 and RM8502).
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD32,960.00
Course fees are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.
A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependents accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
- Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
- Grading Scale used at the institution/s you have undertaken your studies
- English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
- Passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)
- Detailed curriculum vitae with your work and academic history
- Research proposal.
Advanced Standing (credit for prior learning)
Certified copies and original documents
Application dates vary between courses, whether they're delivered in semester, trimester or carousel study modes. View our Application due dates page for more information.
- Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.
- Gather electronic copies of your documentation including advanced standing application if relevant. You will need to provide original certified copies of your documents once your application has been approved.
- Complete all the questions and upload all your documents. You can save and continue the application later if you need to.
- Submit your application.
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.