Graduate Certificate in Research

Duration0.5 years full-time, 2 years part-time
Location
Online and
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOn Campus, Online
Course codeCL58
First-year fee
$2,222 cspifyf
$11,712 dffpifyf
This course offers Commonwealth Supported Places, meaning you may be eligible for significant fee savings.
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Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Research (GCR) will provide you the opportunity to acquire advanced research skills which can be applied in a range of disciplinary contexts. This course is aimed at professionals in a range of industry, government and community settings, and the course content is able to be tailored to suit your current employment context and/or areas of research interest.

If you are wishing to study a masters by research or doctorate but do not meet the admissions requirements of an AQF Level 9 or 10 degree then the Graduate Certificate in Research will be of interest. It provides an entry pathway to research higher degrees. If you achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 6 it will satisfy admissions requirements for progress into a masters by research. Entry into a doctorate will be dependent upon achieving the GPA requirement and satisfying qualifications and experience requirements.
 

The Graduate Certificate in Research (GCR) will provide you with the opportunity to acquire advanced research skills which can be applied in a range of disciplinary contexts. This highly flexible course is aimed at professionals in a range of industry, government and community settings, and the course content is tailored to suit your current employment context and/or areas of research interest. It is suitable for those looking for a pathway into research or for those that require research skills to further their career.

During your study, you will compile a series of research portfolio activities during a minimum period of six-months full-time, or the equivalent part-time.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates will have advanced theoretical and specialist knowledge in the principles and methods that exist within research. This will equip graduates with the research training and skills for further learning within a research higher degree, or for application of foundation research skills within workplace contexts. Graduates will obtain sufficient knowledge to independently conduct research in a specific discipline.

 

Structure & Availability

On-Campus Availability

IntakeLocations
Term 1, 2024Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville
Term 2, 2024Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville
Term 3, 2024Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville
Term 1, 2025Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville
Term 2, 2025Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville
Term 3, 2025Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville

Online Availability

IntakeLocations
Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online
Term 3, 2024Available Online
Term 1, 2025Available Online
Term 2, 2025Available Online
Term 3, 2025Available Online
MAJORSUNITSDESCRIPTION
Core Learning Outcomes1

This research qualification is time-based. This means the courses structure relies on study time and overall progress towards portfolio activities, rather than credit point accrual.

For all candidates, the core requirements are:

A minimum enrolment of 0.5 EFTSL (six months full time, or the part-time equivalent) in the core unit, RSXXYYYYY Research Portfolio. Students must complete EITHER the Research Portfolio Part Time Unit OR the Research Portfolio Full Time Unit. This unit must be repeatedly taken until the candidate has met the minimum ETFSL period.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The Graduate Certificate in Research consists of a single unit which is flexible, and can be taken in either full-time or part-time mode. This means the structure of the course relies on study time and overall progress towards portfolio activities, rather than credit point accrual. The single unit includes a range of compulsory and elective topics for you to study. These include:

Compulsory Topics

Governance and policy

  • Research code of conduct and legal requirements
  • Research frameworks
  • Human and Animal Research Ethics A

Elective modules

Research design and preparation

Project management

  • Literature review
  • Experimental design and statistics
  • Human and Animal Research Ethics
  • Methods in research
  • Research data literacy
  • Quantitative research design
  • Qualitative research design

Project implementation

  • Research project proposal
  • Research project execution
  • Creative practice research project

Communicating Research

  • Writing in research
  • Research engagement skills
  • Journal paper

UNIT INFORMATION

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

CREDIT TRANSFER INFORMATION

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

This course has no residential schools.

Requirements

Recommended study

An individual learning plan will be created for each student in the GCR, post-admission. 

To be eligible for entry to this course, a student will be required to demonstrate

- a completed bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian university or college, or equivalent; or

- a recognised diploma (or equivalent vocational training qualifications) together with a minimum three years relevant professional experience; or

- a minimum of five years relevant professional experience AND formal skills or training to satisfy the Research Higher Degrees Committee of their capacity to undertake the qualification.

Students applying on the basis of experience may be required to provide evidence of writing skills.

English Requirements

IELTS Academic average 6.5 with no band less than 6.

There are no special health requirements set by the University. However, if you are working in an industry setting, additional health considerations may be necessary.
There are no special security requirements set by the University. However, if you are working in an industry setting, additional security considerations may be necessary.
You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$2,222
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$11,712

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is four units over one term for a graduate certificate or eight units over two terms for a graduate diploma or masters degree). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth supported places

With Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available for this course, you may be eligible for significant fee savings. If you are not eligible for a CSP or if CSPs are full, you will be required to pay full fees. Find out more about CSP eligibility criteria.

Government assistance and HELP loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

CQUniversity offers a strong sense of research community, as well as generous project funding, training and support so that you can thrive as a researcher.

CQUniversity is committed to supporting you academically throughout your research journey, providing a range of benefits including multiple supervisors, mentorship, access to RHD Academies and more.

As a Research Higher Degree student at CQUniversity, you may benefit from our scholarship opportunities which include living stipends, allowance scholarships, and tuition waivers. A research scholarship or stipend could help you pay for some or all of your tuition fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

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How to apply

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