Graduate Diploma of Research Methods - College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Flinders University

This Graduate Diploma in Research Methods - College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences 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 research thesis so that students will be eligible to apply for scholarship opportunities as well as research higher degree entry. Graduates 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.

Course Fee:

Australian: $20,174
International: $25,500

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must normally (1) hold an approved bachelor degree or equivalent qualification, (2) have achieved a Flinders equivalent grade point average of 5.00 or greater and (3) submit a completed and signed research statement form. Selection is subject to the University being able to provide suitable supervision for the research project.


Students complete four core (compulsory) topics and a research project. These topics aim to enable students to develop their research skills and/or generic and transferable skills to prepare them for entry into a research higher degree and gain skills to independently plan research activities, manage their time, and present their research both orally and in writing; and gain the ability to critically evaluate and analyse complex issues and deploy evidence in support of a research output.

Subjects you can Study:

Research methods

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Research Officer, Survey Researcher,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bedford Park No info No Part time 2 years
Bedford Park No info No Full time 1 year


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Flinders University is headquartered in South Australia with a footprint that extends through regional and remote Australia. Ranked in the top 2% of world universities[1], Flinders is number one in South Australia for teaching quality, student support, student–teacher ratio and undergraduate starting salary.[2]

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[1] THE World University Rankings 2020 according to the International Association of Universities

[2] Good Universities Guide 2020

[3] UBI World Benchmark Study 2019

[4] Flinders rating 89.7%, rounded up to 90%. Excellence in Research for Australia, 2018 

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