Graduate Certificate in Research Management and Communication

2023 course information for Domestic Students
2023 course information for International Students

updated 12:01 PM on Wed, 25 January

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Duration
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
2 years full-time; 1 year part-time
Location
Online
Start date
January, July
Course code
1008490
Course abbreviation
HDR Grad Cert
Credit points
48
Equivalent units
4
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Course overview

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.

This qualification is ideal for HDR candidates 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.

This course is designed to recognise those transferrable skills you acquire throughout your research candidature, making these skills attractive to employers both in Academia and Industry. It is designed to showcase these skills and, in turn, will improve your employability in the workplace.

Each Graduate Certificate in Research Management and Communication unit is designed to recognise the transferable skills and knowledge that research students acquire throughout their candidature. Successful completion of this award will be based solely on recognised prior learning from a Southern Cross University Higher Degree Research award after submitting your research thesis.

Please Note:

From the commencement of your enrolment into your Higher Degree Research (HDR) degree, you will need to compile and collate the documentation necessary throughout your HDR candidature to verify that you have satisfied the requirements of your chosen four units on completion of your HDR degree.

It is essential that you identify your four chosen units from the beginning of your HDR candidature and ensure that you are familiar with the requirements of those four units. This will be necessary to qualify for the award of a Graduate Certificate in Research Management and Communication.

It is expected that candidates will submit their completed portfolios once their thesis has been submitted for examination.

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.

This qualification is ideal for HDR candidates 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.

This course is designed to recognise those transferrable skills you acquire throughout your research candidature, making these skills attractive to employers both in Academia and Industry. It is designed to showcase these skills and, in turn, will improve your employability in the workplace.

Each Graduate Certificate in Research Management and Communication unit is designed to recognise the transferable skills and knowledge that research students acquire throughout their candidature. Successful completion of this award will be based solely on recognised prior learning from a Southern Cross University Higher Degree Research award after submitting your research thesis.

Please Note:

From the commencement of your enrolment into your Higher Degree Research (HDR) degree, you will need to compile and collate the documentation necessary throughout your HDR candidature to verify that you have satisfied the requirements of your chosen four units on completion of your HDR degree.

It is essential that you identify your four chosen units from the beginning of your HDR candidature and ensure that you are familiar with the requirements of those four units. This will be necessary to qualify for the award of a Graduate Certificate in Research Management and Communication.

It is expected that candidates will submit their completed portfolios once their thesis has been submitted for examination.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Applicants must be enrolled in a Higher Degree Research award at Southern Cross University.  Admission to the course will be provided on the basis of Recognised Prior Learning from a Southern Cross University Research award, in accordance with the University’s Advanced Standing and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, as recommended by the Course Coordinator and approved by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Quality).

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.5
Listeningminimum 6.0
Speakingminimum 6.0
Readingminimum 6.0
Writingminimum 6.0

About the course

Students complete two core units:

  • Research Project Management
  • Communication and Outreach,

and choose two equivalent elective units from the following:

  • Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership and Governance
  • Ethical Research and Oversight
  • Workplace Engaged Learning 
  • Extended Workplace Engaged Learning (double-weighted unit).

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
OnlineResearch Semester  1, Research Semester  2

International students

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Research Management and Communication, students must complete the equivalent of 48 credit points comprising:


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core Units

EDUC7009Research Project Management
EDUC7013Communication and Outreach

Electives

EDUC7010Ethical Research and Oversight
EDUC7011Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship
EDUC7012Leadership and Governance
EDUC7014Workplace Engaged Learning Note 2
EDUC7015Extended Workplace Engaged Learning Note 1


Notes

Note 1: This is a double weighted unit.
Note 2: If you complete this unit you will not be able to enrol into (Unit Code) Extended workplace engaged learning.

Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Analyse critically issues and problems in research contexts and generate approaches to examine them appropriately

Demonstrate specialist skills in critical analysis and synthesis of complex ideas in research contexts.

Apply the knowledge and skills required of higher degree researcher to demonstrate autonomy, judgement, adaptability and ethical behaviours and responsibility in research contexts.

Identify the principles and processes of research project management and apply in an industry context.

Apply the knowledge and skills required of higher degree researcher to demonstrate autonomy, judgement, adaptability and ethical behaviours and responsibility in research contexts.

Employ a range of oral and written communication strategies required of higher degree researchers to be able to critique, develop and conduct research in industry and scholarly contexts.

Demonstrate specialist knowledge of contemporary research methodologies and traditions; apply this knowledge to the critique and conduct of research in a range of contexts.


Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

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.

Professional placement

The course includes single and double-weighted elective units in workplace engaged learning where students may apply their research skills with an extended placement in a professional setting such as industry, government, non-government organisations or academia.

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International future
students

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Current
students

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