Higher Degrees by Research

Graduate Diploma of Research Studies

CRICOS 109130G
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What is a Graduate Diploma of Research Studies?

A Graduate Diploma of Research Studies offers advanced theoretical and technical knowledge and skills in research. During your studies, you will undertake five core subjects, one elective subject and a double thesis subject.

You will also gain advanced cognitive technical and communication skills, which you will use to analyse, evaluate, and transform information to complete a range of activities, and generate and transmit solutions to complex problems. On completion you will be equipped to work in research-related fields and support researchers with foundation research skills.

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Learning outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of the differences between practice and theory-based literature.
  • Gain skills in practical planning, searching, recording and interrogation practices.
  • Develop capability in communications, critical analysis, critical problem solving and evidence-based decision making.
  • Gain an understanding of the interrelationship of concepts, constructs, models, and frameworks in research.
  • Develop skills in advanced research methods for qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Gain an understanding of the core structure of the research proposal, research integrity and the importance of positioning a chosen research project to offer significant contribution to new knowledge.
Study mode
On campus, Online, Blended
Campus locations*
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Online
Student
Domestic
International
Course duration
Full time: 1 year, Accelerated: 9 months, Part time: 2 years
Start date

12 Sep 2022

20 Feb 2023

05 Jun 2023

18 Sep 2023

Fees

This course is delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd, ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 109130G.

*For more details on international student study options.

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Transferrable skills and a new career
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Gain course credit
Take your credits with you into a Master, Doctor or Professional Doctorate qualification.

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Be a catalyst for change
Become an innovative changemaker by challenging current research and finding new ways forward.
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Career opportunities 

Graduates will be well-positioned to contribute to research projects or to work in research-related fields. The Graduate Diploma of Research also provides an alternative entry path for further study into the Master of Philosophy and Professional Doctorate courses.

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Subjects and units

This course comprises of 8 subjects, which includes 5 core subjects, 2 thesis subjects and 1 elective subject. Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.

  • Core
  • Thesis
  • Electives

Core subjects


  • Critical Literature Review | RES611
  • Developing the Research Proposal | RES612
  • Methodology and Design | RES613
  • Preliminary Research Thesis | RES614
  • Research Communication | RES615

Thesis subjects

  • Thesis Unit | THE601
  • Thesis Unit | THE602

Elective subjects

  • Program Evaluation and Action Research | DPA8109
  • Advanced Action Research Methods | DRPH8180
  • Action Research Methods in Human Services | HMSV8110
  • Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health | PUBH6013
  • Statistics for Financial Decisions | STAT6003
  • Biostatistics | STAT6200

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 Diploma of Research comprises five research training units and one elective under the guidance of experienced supervisors, culminating in the submission of two preliminary independent short thesis.

Entry details

  • Domestic
  • International

Fees

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

FEE-HELP

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

Scholarships

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.

A completed bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian university or college with a credit average, or equivalent;
OR
A completed coursework masters with a credit average;
OR
A minimum of five years relevant professional experience AND Graduate Certificate;
OR
A Graduate certificate of research studies with a credit average.

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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

Fees

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.

Scholarships

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

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

A completed bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian university or college with a credit average, or equivalent;
OR
A completed coursework masters with a credit average;
OR
A minimum of five years relevant professional experience AND Graduate Certificate;
OR
A Graduate certificate of research studies with a credit average.
Academic IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent.

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How to apply

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