• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
If you’re an experienced, qualified nurse or health professional looking for career advancement and/or the opportunity to gain additional knowledge, experience and qualifications in health - then the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research at University of Canberra will give you the skills and qualifications to work at a higher, more strategic level.


This course will also prepare you with the necessary skills to be able to design and lead your own clinical research projects which could go on to help influence health related policies in Government Health, Private Health and Heath Insurance industries.

As part of this course you’ll also learn methodology, ethical and economic considerations and acquire crucial new technical writing skills.  In addition, with strong industry contacts with local and national hospitals, communities and professional bodies, you will also gain an extensive range of industry and professional contacts.

Study a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research at University of Canberra and you will:

  • build on your relevant undergraduate degree with enhanced research skills
  • develop knowledge of how to progress an idea to the stage of a research project
  • be competent in developing an answerable research question, planning and developing a research proposal and performing appropriate statistical analyses
  • have the necessary skills and qualifications to participate in, and eventually lead clinical research
  • be recognised as a top level strategic thinker

Career opportunities

A Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research opens many doors and can lead into a career as professional advisor and/or consultant in health or health related fields for both government and private health sectors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Planning 
  • Qualitative Research Practice in Health
  • Quantitative Research Practice in Health 
  • Research Project in Health 
  • Epidemiology and Principles of Research

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    24 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • A completed bachelor degree in a health-related discipline.
  • A health-related discipline includes medicine, nursing, dentistry, psychology, counselling, pharmacy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, optometry, speech pathology, sports and exercise science, speech pathology.
  • CRICOS Code: 069529G

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26796 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26800 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    21396 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21400 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Canberra

  • 1425 - 2510 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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