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Research Methods (College of Medicine and Public Health)

The Graduate Diploma in Research Methods is an intensive, one-year qualification designed to provide you with in-depth knowledge of research methods and your subject area as a pathway to a higher degree by research.

It includes a substantial 18-unit research thesis/project (one semester/six months) and the research methodology topics that provide the comprehensive research knowledge for applicants who do not otherwise have the research experience required to apply for entry into a higher degree by research.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year
Start Date: March, July
Tuition Fee: $31,600
Location: Bedford Park, Australia
CRICOS code: 088512D
Delivery mode: On campus

This course can be pursued in any one of the six colleges of the University:

  • College of Business, Law and Government
  • College of Education, Psychology and Social Work
  • College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • College of Medicine and Public Health
  • College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • College of Science and Engineering.

By studying within a specific college of the University, you are provided with expertise and support that is directly relevant to your chosen area of study.

What you will study

The Graduate Diploma in Research Methods consists of 36 units (equivalent to one year full-time).

In addition to the 18-unit research thesis/project, the course also includes 18 units of topics such as field-specific research methods, writing a literature review and ethics proposal, and specialised subject areas.

Graduates will gain the following:

  • advanced knowledge of underlying academic principles and concepts in your area of study
  • skills to independently plan research activities, manage your time, and present your research both orally and in writing
  • the capacity and skills to undertake independent research
  • the ability to critically evaluate and analyse complex issues and deploy evidence in support of a research output.

A graduate certificate option is available as an exit award only.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


Graduates can pursue careers in areas such as the government sector, private or corporate consulting sectors and research institutions.