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.

Campus
Townsville, Cairns, Singapore
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1 year full-time
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
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
CRICOS code
086005F

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.

What you need to know before applying

You will need to supply the following with your application

  • 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)

If you wish to seek credit for previous studies, you can submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject you have already studied. You will need to ensure that previous subjects, that you wish to gain credit for, correspond to a similar JCU subject. View JCU subject outlines and Course Enrolment Planners to assist in this process.

Certified copies and original documents

Posted, faxed, scanned or uploaded copies can be used during the assessment process. However once your application is approved you will need to supply original certified documents. These may be posted to:

James Cook International,
James Cook University,
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA.

If documents are written in a language other than English you will need to provide certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of an original document that has been certified as a true copy and signed by the certifier - public notary, registered agent of James Cook University or a representative of the institution. The certification must be original; photocopies or facsimiles of certified copies are not acceptable.

How to apply

Take note of the duration, cost and campus availability of your selected course.
You may wish to include a second course preference.

  1. Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.
  2. 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.
  3. Complete all the questions and upload all your documents. You can save and continue the application later if you need to.
  4. Submit your application.

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Visit the Graduate Research School Prospective Students for more information, and then:

Apply now through the Online Application Portal.

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.

Handbook

Graduate Diploma of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine]

Handbook year

2019

Course code

114206

Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)

Division

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

CORE SUBJECTS

RM8301:06 Research Planning in Tropical Health and Medicine

RM8302:06 Research Project in Tropical Health and Medicine

OPTIONS

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

PLUS

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

HS5101:03 Primary Health Care Research

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

HS5106:03 Planning and Evaluation for Primary Health Care

MI5000:03 Clinical Epidemiology

NS5202:03 Research Proposal Writing

NS5366:03 Practice Development Project

NS6210:06 Integrated Literature Review

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

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Townsville

 

Singapore

 
External 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Nil

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Not applicable

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Nil

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

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.

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

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

GDipResMeth

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.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)
Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.

Entry requirements

Completion of a recognised, appropriate undergraduate degree, or equivalent prior learning including appropriate professional experience.

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be issued a JCU degree offer conditional upon achieving the required scores in an approved English test. You can undertake an English program at JCU to improve your skills prior to sitting your English test. If you are interested in doing this please email internationaladmissions@jcu.edu.au

Fees and costs

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$31,200 (Estimate only.)

For more information, refer to the relevant course fee information in the 2019 International Postgraduate Guide (PDF, 8305 KB)

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 and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions:

Email enquiries@jcu.edu.au
Phone +61 7 4781 5601

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