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 higher degree by research study. It includes a substantial 18-unit research thesis so that students will be eligible to apply for scholarship opportunities as well as higher degree by research 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 higher degree by research study.
The Graduate Diploma in Research Methods will include 18 units of topics such as: Communicating Research; 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 higher degree by research. 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).
FAQs for the Graduate Diploma in ResToggle Full Screen Modeearch Methods
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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 BGL EPSW HASS MPH NHS (DOCX 40KB)
Applicants wanting to study in the areas of Science and Engineering should complete the following research statement: GDRM Research Statement CSE (DOCX 43KB)
Applicants can review potential projects at:
- Biological Sciences
- Chemistry and Physics Please view the Information Booklet to find potential projects
- Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics
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 and Professional Staff Contacts
|Course||Coordinator||Professional Staff Contact|
|Graduate Diploma in Research Methods (College of Medicine and Public Health)||Emma Miller||MPHEnquiries@flinders.edu.au|
|Graduate Diploma in Research Methods (College of Nursing and Health Sciences)||Linda Sweet
||Teaching and Learning Team
|Graduate Diploma in Research Methods (College of Education, Psychology and Social Work)||Samantha Schulz||EPSWEnquiries@flinders.edu.au|
|Graduate Diploma in Research Methods (College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)||Jane Haggis||Administrative Officer
Enrolment and Course Advisor
T: 8201 7900
|Graduate Diploma in Research Methods (College of Business, Law and Government)||Miguel Vatter||Jo Proctor, BGLEnquiries@flinders.edu.au|
|Graduate Diploma in Research Methods (College of Science and Engineering)||Gunther Andersson||SEEnquiries@flinders.edu.au|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org