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Graduate Diploma of Research Methods - Tropical Environments and Societies

James Cook University (JCU)

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

Start on your path towards a research career, as this is a pathway to enrolling in a Masters or Doctorate of Philosophy. This graduate diploma is an opportunity for you to gain the real-world skills required to plan, implement and investigate key issues within the field of tropical environments and societies. This degree is a pathway for students who need an additional qualification to meet the entry requirements of a PhD or research-oriented Masters degree at JCU. Prior to enrolment in this degree, you will need a defined research topic for your PhD (or equivalent research degree) and the agreement of a supervisory team at JCU in the area of your planned research.In this one-year degree, you will gain the fundamental skills, strategies and methods for planning, implementing and sustaining a research project as a professional and effective researcher. The Graduate Diploma of Research Methods [Tropical Environments and Societies] is ideal for students who need a pathway to conduct research in fields including humanities, environmental management, global development, history, education, business, law, finance and tourism relevant to a tropical context.


24 credit points.


  • Research methods

Standard entry requirements

  • AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant 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.

Further information

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

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