This course is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge of and skills in research methods and the opportunity to develop further depth and breadth of knowledge in their chosen discipline area as a pathway to research higher degree study.  It includes a substantial 18-unit research thesis so that students will be eligible to apply for scholarship opportunities as well as research higher degree entry.

Students will normally be required to achieve a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 6.00 in the Graduate Diploma in Research Methods to be eligible to apply for research higher degree study.

The Graduate Diploma in Research Methods will include 18 units of topics such as: Communication Skills for Research Higher Degree students; Research Methods; and Research Specialisation topics, in addition to an 18-unit research project.

The Graduate Diploma will enable students to develop their research skills and/or generic and transferable skills to prepare them for entry into a research higher degree.  Students will gain:

  • 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 capacity and skills to undertake independent research; and
  • the ability to critically evaluate and analyse complex issues and deploy evidence in support of a research output.

There will be a Graduate Certificate option as an exit award only.


How to apply

Domestic applicants apply via SATAC.

International applicants apply via the University’s International Centre (International applicants only).

Full information.


FAQs for the Graduate Diploma in Research Methods

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Research Statement

In addition to applying for admission via the above mechanisms, all applicants must complete a Research Statement form that identifies their proposed topic for the 18-unit research component.

Applicants wanting to study in the areas of Business, Government, Law, Education, Psychology, Social Work, Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Medicine, Public Health, Nursing or Health Sciences should complete the following research statement: GDRM Research Statement (DOCX 51KB) 
Applicants wanting to study in the areas of Science and Engineering should complete the following research statement: GDRM Research Statement FSE (DOCX 54KB)


Applicants can review potential projects at:

Check the Course Rule for the Program of Study and Topic Information page for availability. The indicative option topics for the Graduate Diploma in Research Methods are available below.

·         Education, Humanities and Law (DOCX 55KB)

·         Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (DOCX 20KB)

·         Science and Engineering (DOCX 17KB)

·         Social and Behavioural Sciences (DOCX 16KB)


Course coordinators

Education, Humanities and Law

School of Humanities and Creative Arts

Dr Kylie Cardell

P: +61 8 82012836

Assoc. Prof. Ian Ravenscroft

P: +61 8 82013942

Law School

Dr Maria Giannacopoulos

P: +61 8 8201 3738

School of Education

Dr Samantha Schulz

P: +61 8 82015459

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Associate Professor  Malcolm Bond

P: +61 8 72218503

Science and Engineering     

Professor Gunther Andersson  

P: +61 8 8201 2309                      

Social and Behavioural Sciences

Associate Professor Anthony Langlois  

P: +61 8 8201 5595           


Find a Supervisor

For assistance in finding a research supervisor refer to the Find a Supervisor. It is your responsibility to obtain the signature from the proposed supervisor – email agreement will be accepted.



To discuss the Graduate Diploma of Research Methods, contact the Office of Graduate Research at