The Graduate Certificate in Research (Business) is an 18-unit program which is offered by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

It articulates with the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Research (Business) and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the two awards.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or an equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Applicants with an undergraduate degree only, must demonstrate a GPA equivalent of at least 5.25.

Applicants must normally demonstrate competence in the area they wish to pursue research, (eg their major) through achieving the equivalent of 18 units of DN or better in that area. Applicants who hold a coursework Masters degree in addition to their undergraduate degree, must demonstrate a GPA equivalent of at least 5.25 in their coursework Masters degree.

Students whose first degree was not taught in the English language are required to demonstrate proficiency in English (IELTS of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each section, TOEFL of 580 with 50 in each section).

Course aims

The course is designed for graduates with a Bachelors degree in a business-related area from a recognised university, but no Honours or other research experience. The course aims to develop students’ understanding of research issues and methods, including ethical responsibilities and regulations. Students will develop a high level problem solving, analytical and writing skills.

Learning outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply specialised subject matter knowledge and research skills, to an area of business related research and/or professional practice.
  • Prepare a research proposal, conduct a literature review and produce a piece of academic research that prepares them for more detailed study in business research at the Masters level

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Research (Business) a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

Core topics


 BUSN9245  Business Research Methods  (4.5 units)

Plus one of either Business Research Paper (4.5 units) or Business Research Project (9 units):

 BUSN9303  Business Research Paper  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9304  Business Research Project (9 units) OR
 BUSN9304A  Business Research Project (4.5/9 units) AND
 BUSN9304B  Business Research Project (4.5/9 units)

Plus one or two of the following topics (to make a total of 18 units):

Option topics

 BUSN9223  Investments and Portfolio Management  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9226  Accounting for Managers  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9228  Strategic Marketing  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9229  Sustainability and Ethics in Management (4.5 units)
 BUSN9230  Economics for Business  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9231  Global Business Context: An Asia Pacific Focus  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9232  Strategic Decision Making  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9234  Project Management  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9235  Managing Negotiations  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9236  Leadership: Theory, Practice and Experience  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9237  Financial Markets and Institutions  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9238  Advanced Issues in Finance  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9239  International Business in the Asia Pacific Region  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9241  International Business Finance and Banking  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9242  International Human Resources Management  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9243  International Marketing and Export Management  (4.5 units)
 INTR9061  Governance and the new Political Economy of East Asia  (4.5 units)
 POAD9022  Public Management  (4.5 units)
 POAD9034  Risk Management - Principles and Practice  (4.5 units)
 POAD9037  Financial Management  (4.5 units)

or other Masters level topics with permission from the Associate Dean (Research)