Graduate Certificate in Research

The overall aims of this specialist program are to develop skills and experience in research and to produce graduates that will, subject to satisfactory performance, become eligible for entry into higher degree by research programs. Specifically, Master’s by research and Doctoral degree programs.  The program will create an additional pathway to research, and will sit alongside traditional honours degree programs and honours equivalence arrangements. The program serves as a prelude to a higher degree in research or advanced professional practice in careers that entail complex research work. Graduates will obtain attributes that are equivalent to AQF level 8.  The research project allows the student to pursue an area of interest in some depth, whilst practising the investigative skills that are important in research. Elective courses will strengthen the student’s skills in finding the latest work published in their area of interest, and in assimilating and analysing this information, and developing quantitative or qualitative methodologies appropriate to the student’s research project and discipline area.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Berwick
Brisbane
Gippsland - Churchill
On-line Learning
Wimmera - Horsham
Location
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Ballarat - Mt Helen
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Berwick
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Brisbane
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Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
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On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
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Wimmera - Horsham
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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Length
0.5 Year
(60 credit points = 0.5 EFTSL)
Entry requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Research provides the opportunity for you to begin your path to commencing a Master’s Degree by Research or Doctoral Degree. 
This specialist program is designed for students who hold existing qualifications, across a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds. You will develop skills and experience, incorporating a project that allows you to pursue an area of interest in depth, whilst practising investigative skills that are crucial in research. 
Elective courses in the Graduate Certificate in Research will strengthen your skills in finding the latest published works within your interest area, assimilating and analysing this information, and developing quantitative and qualitative methodologies appropriate to your research project and discipline area.
As a successful graduate of this program, you will be able to demonstrate a range of skills, including critical analysis and evaluation, application of relevant research methodologies, creating practical works of art, writing, design or performance, and how to communicate proficiently as a research professional to a variety of audiences.

  • Research fellow
  • Researcher

By developing skills and experience in research, graduates of this program (subject to satisfactory performance) become eligible for entry into Higher Degree by Research programs – specifically, Master’s Degree by Research or Doctoral Degree programs.

Entry requirements (year 12)

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Candidates wanting to use this as a pathway to a higher degree by research must possess either an AQF 9 coursework Master’s degree, or a four year AQF 8 Bachelor’s degree, with evidence of work done relating research or an investigative project. This might include elements of literature review, research methods or research project, albeit at a size and complexity less than an Honour’s degree. Furthermore, the student must have obtained at least a distinction average (70%) in their final year of study.
Graduates of a three year, AQF 7 Bachelor degree will not normally be eligible for entry into this degree program. Exceptional circumstances would be where a candidate possess at least an AQF 7 Bachelor degree with a distinction average (70%) in their final year of study. Furthermore, these applicants would need to demonstrate substantial relevant disciplinary expertise through industry or other professional experience, and/or other academic qualifications, to be granted entry into the program. For example, where a prospective student can demonstrate they have worked for at least 5 years in a specialist area that is cognate to their research project. This information will need to be evidenced via application process.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: RE4

CRICOS code: 111756K

Fees are subject to change annually.

Full Fee Paying

$11,700 annual tuition fee - commencing 2023

Domestic fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

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To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per course, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Graduate Research School

Course coordinator

On-line Learning - Andrew Barton