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Research Methods (College of Business, Government and Law)

Flinders University

12 months
30000 AUD/year
32176 AUD/year
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The Research Methods (College of Business, Government and Law) program from Flinders University is an intensive, one-year qualification designed to provide you with in-depth knowledge of research methods and your subject area as a pathway to a higher degree by research.  

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The Research Methods (College of Business, Government and Law) program from Flinders University includes a substantial 18-unit research thesis/project (one semester/six months) and the research methodology topics that provide the comprehensive research knowledge for applicants who do not otherwise have the research experience required to apply for entry into a higher degree by research.

Your career 

Graduates can pursue careers in areas such as the government sector, private or corporate consulting sectors and research institutions.

What you will study

The Graduate Diploma in Research Methods consists of 36 units (equivalent to one year full-time).

In addition to the 18-unit research thesis/project, the course also includes 18 units of topics such as field-specific research methods, writing a literature review and ethics proposal, and specialised subject areas.

Graduates will gain the following:

  • advanced knowledge of underlying academic principles and concepts in your area of study
  • skills to independently plan research activities, manage your time, and present your research both orally and in writing
  • the capacity and skills to undertake independent research
  • the ability to critically evaluate and analyse complex issues and deploy evidence in support of a research output.

Programme Structure

The course aims to provide students with:

  • high-level knowledge and skills in research methods as a pathway towards further learning at research higher degree level
  • further depth and breadth of knowledge in their area of study
  • the necessary knowledge, theoretical understanding and study skills to undertake original academic work with a theoretical and/or professional outcome
  • the necessary knowledge to apply the principles of ethical practice in the conduct of research
  • advanced skills in formal reading, academic writing and the presentation of research. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Grade point average (GPA) of 5.00 (credit) or greater.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS code: 088512D 

  • Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution and have achieved a grade point average (GPA) of 5.00 (credit) or greater.
  • Admission to the course is subject to the approval of your project, the college being able to provide appropriate resources, and the discipline area being able to provide suitable supervision for the program of study. Search for a supervisor.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30000 AUD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 30000 AUD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    32176 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32176 AUD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Adelaide

1328 - 2474 AUD /month
Living costs

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


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