Higher Degrees by Research

Graduate Certificate of Research Studies

CRICOS 108075F
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What is a Graduate Certificate of Research Studies?

A Graduate Certificate of Research Studies offers the foundational theoretical and technical knowledge and skills in research.

During your studies you will undertake four research training units. You will gain an understanding of literature, future research requirements and research proposal writing, as well as the analytical and communication skills required in future research.

On completion you will be equipped to work in research-related fields and support researchers with foundation research skills.

Graduates at this level will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional, highly skilled work or further learning. They will have advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice plus advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills, which they will use to analyse critically, evaluate, and transform information to complete a range of activities.


Learning outcomes

  • Students will develop an understanding of the differences between practice and theory-based literature
  • You will gain skills in practical planning, searching, recording and interrogation practices
  • You will develop capability in communications, critical analysis, critical problem solving, and evidence-based decision making
  • You will gain an understanding of the interrelationship of concepts, constructs, models, and frameworks in research
  • You will develop skills in advanced research methods for qualitative and quantitative research
Study mode
On campus, Online, Blended
Campus locations*
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Online
Course duration
Full-time: 6 months, Accelerated: 3 months, Part-time: 1 year
Start date
20 Feb 2023
05 Jun 2023
18 Sep 2023

This course is delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd, ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 108075F.

*For more details on international student study options.

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Career opportunities 

Graduates will be well-positioned to contribute to research projects or to work in research-related fields, supporting researchers with research skills in government, community, or commercial settings. The course content is designed to be tailored to suit current employment context or areas of interest.

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Subjects and units

This course comprises of 4 subjects. Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.

Core subjects

  • Critical Literature Review | RES611
  • Developing the Research Proposal | RES612
  • Methodology and Design | RES613
  • Preliminary Research Thesis | RES614

International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. Please note that due to COVID-19, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements. For more information, visit Study in Australia.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.

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Research project

The Graduate Certificate of Research is comprised of four research training units. Under the guidance of experienced supervisors, your studies will culminate in the submission of a preliminary independent short thesis.

Entry details

  • Domestic
  • International


Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.


Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP


We're serious about supporting your studies from start to success, which is why we offer partial scholarships for both international and domestic students undertaking HDR, and eligible students can also apply for the Research Training Program scholarship (RTP). RTP Scholarships for 2022 are now closed.

Admission criteria

Before you get started with your course application, check you meet all the requirements listed below.

Australian bachelor's degree or above
Three years’ work experience

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways


Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.

Fee payment

Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.


We're serious about supporting your studies from start to success, which is why we offer partial scholarships for both international and domestic students undertaking HDR. Please contact the HDR Office at hdr@torrens.edu.au for more information.

Admission criteria

Australian bachelor's degree or above
Three years’ work experience
Academic IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent

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How to apply

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