The Graduate Diploma in Research Methods (College of Business, Government and Law) is a 36-unit program that requires one year of full-time study, or the equivalent part-time.
The course provides students with high-level knowledge and skills in research methods as a pathway towards further learning at research higher degree level.
Students may choose to exit from the Graduate Diploma in Research Methods with the exit award of the Graduate Certificate in Research Methods, provided that they have met the requirements for that award.
Students will normally be required to achieve a GPA of at least 6.00 to be eligible to apply for higher degree by research study. The material which has been accepted for the award of any other degree or diploma cannot be used for the HDR thesis.
Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution and have achieved a grade point average of 5.00 or greater. Under exceptional circumstances and subject to specific conditions, the Dean (Education) may admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
Admission to the course is subject to the relevant discipline area being able to provide suitable supervision for the program of study.
The course aims to provide students with:
- high-level knowledge and skills in research methods as a pathway towards further learning at higher degree by research level
- further depth and breadth of knowledge in their area of study
- the necessary knowledge, theoretical understanding and study skills to undertake original academic work with a theoretical and/or professional outcome
- the necessary knowledge to apply the principles of ethical practice in the conduct of research
- advanced skills in formal reading, academic writing and the presentation of research.
Upon completion graduates will be able to demonstrate:
- advanced knowledge of underlying academic principles and concepts in their area of study
- skills to independently plan research activities, manage their time, and present their research both orally and in writing
- the ability to apply contemporary, specialised knowledge and skills in research methods to undertake an independent research project
- a high standard of ethical conduct in their research
- the ability to critically evaluate and analyse complex issues and deploy evidence in support of a research output.
Credit may be granted for study undertaken in an approved Honours or postgraduate course or equivalent qualification, which has been completed at an approved institution
Program of study
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Research Methods a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study as discussed with their Supervisor and the Course Coordinator:
Core - Oral and Written Communication topic
COMS9001 Communicating Research (4.5 units)
Option - Research Methods topics
Select 9 units from the topics listed below, in consultation with your Supervisor and the Course Coordinator.
BUSN7050 Research Methods (4.5 units)
CRIM3402 Advanced Research Methods and Analysis (4.5 units)
POAD9058 Research Design (4.5 units)
Option - Research Specialisation topics
Select a 4.5 unit topic from the list below, in consultation with your Supervisor and the Course Coordinator.
BUSN7019 Critical Readings in Business (4.5 units)
BUSN9017 Marketing Strategy and Decision Making (4.5 units)
CRIM7301 Advanced Theory and Research Applications (4.5 units)
INTR7017 From Topic to Thesis: Honours Workshop (4.5 units)
LLAW3256 Socio-Legal Theory (4.5 units)
POAD8007 Policy Analysis: Frameworks, Approaches and Values (4.5 units)
Core - Thesis Dissertation topics
Select 18 units of Honours level thesis dissertation topics in consultation with your Supervisor and the Course Coordinator.
BUSN7200 Honours Thesis (18 units)
INTR7015 Honours Thesis (18 units)