Graduate Certificate of Research Management and Communication

Get recognition for the skills you develop during your HDR degree

Undertaking Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) develops unique and transferable skills such as the capacity to design and lead a complex project, advanced communications skills and the ability to identify both commercial and entrepreneurship opportunities. 

The Graduate Certificate of Research Management and Communication consolidates these transferable skills in a concurrent postgraduate qualification.

This qualification is ideal for HDR candidates who are looking to formalise the knowledge and capabilities they develop during their HDR degree to become more employable across a range of industries in research, project management, compliance, education and more.

Students choose from a range of units that cover outreach, engagement, ethics, entrepreneurship, management and communications as well as the opportunity for extended professional placements. The Graduate Certificate in Research Management and Communication is undertaken concurrently with a Masters by Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Professional Doctorate (during the thesis component).


PSP Graduate Jordan Ivey at the Lismore campus

Higher Degree by Research candidates have high-level, transferable skills in communication and management. These are attractive to employers across industries and organisations.


Graduate School Self-paced depending on units studied. Maximum duration is duration of concurrent degree Online

Admission requirements

Applicants must be enrolled in a Higher Degrees by Research award at Southern Cross University.

Course fees

Course fees are covered by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP). If you are not the recipient of a RTP place, course fees are included with the overall fees of your Higher Degree by Research.

Course structure

Students choose 3 or 4 units (a total of 48 credit points) from the following options:

Career opportunities

Graduates have a demonstrable and transferable skill set with opportunities across industries in project design and management, communication, education, research, governance and commercialisation.


Contact the Graduate School


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