James Cook University JCU

Graduate Diploma of Research Methods

James Cook University JCU

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00117J

Start on your path towards a research career and gain the real-world skills required to plan, implement and investigate key issues and developments in the field of tropical health and medicine. Combine your passions for research and healthcare in the tropics. Study two core subjects, and tailor your course to suit your interests by choosing four electives from JCU’s wide range of research-based subjects. Options include Research Methodologies for Health Professionals, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health Practitioners, and more. Learn how to develop and write a research proposal and conduct a literature review to an academic standard. You will have the opportunity to design your own independent research project including a rationale, methods and ethics application. Complete a small-scale research project, then plan and write a research-based thesis and communicate your findings to a variety of audiences.


24 credit points.


  • Research methods

Standard entry requirements

  • AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health, health science, medicine, medical science, or veterinary science discipline
  • With a minimum GPA of 5.0 in the final year
  • Or equivalent.

Study pathways

Students with a GPA of 5.0 (Credit) for this course may be eligible for admission to a Masters by research while students with a GPA of 6.0 (Distinction) may be eligible for direct admission to a PhD.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
JCU Cairns Domestic: $32,600
International: $32,960
  • Full-time : 1 year
JCU Online Domestic: $32,600
International: $32,960
  • Online/Off-campus : 1 year
JCU Singapore International: $32,960 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
JCU Townsville Domestic: $32,600
International: $32,960
  • Full-time : 1 year

Further information

For more information: https://www.jcu.edu.au/courses-and-study

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