Graduate Certificate in Social Research

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The Graduate Certificate in Social Research is a fully online 1 year part time AQF level 8 graduate certificate course designed for university and professional researchers working in the social sciences and humanities broadly conceived who require skills in the latest in research methodologies (qualitative and quantitative), project management preparation and familiarity with ethical and legal concerns. Graduates will be work ready for the university, private, public, and NGO sectors, and professionals seeking to upskill will refine and extend their skillset. Students will gain important research training in this course to prepare them for Higher Degree Research in various fields.

Course Fee:

Australian: $7,960

Entry Requirements:

Completed Bachelor degree. An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. International applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.


40 cp

Subjects you can Study:

Social research

Study Pathways:

Graduates may be eligible to apply to progress to further postgraduate course work programs.

Further information:

The course is designed for those intending to work in research and leadership positions in the university, private, public, and non-government organisation sectors.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Research Officer, Survey Researcher,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Online 1 year
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Part time 1 year

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.


*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.


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