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What will I learn?

What to expect

Develop and carry out a research project with the support and guidance of research advisors. Learn key research skills including literature reviews, proposed rationale, methods, and ethics applications.

Gain experience in conducting a research project, analysing and communicating your results. You will graduate with the skills necessary for taking on a higher degree by research, with the advantage of learning in a specific tropical health and medicine context.

Career Opportunities

JCU Graduate Certificate of Research Methods [Tropical Health and Medicine] graduates have the skills to succeed in a higher degree by research.

Eligible graduates may apply to MPhil or PhD programs in the field of human or animal Tropical Health and Medicine, and are prepared to pursue a successful research career or apply their research skills to their professional context.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Research Methods, graduates will be able to:

Identify, investigate, analyse and synthesise a research problem applying appropriate methodological concepts and theories in a small-scale research project

Apply knowledge and understanding of research ethics in the preparation of a successful ethics application for a research project

Design, plan, conduct and complete a substantial research-based thesis with creativity and initiative and a high level of autonomy and accountability

Analyse and interpret results from a research project, and critically evaluate and synthesise results in the context of contemporary research literature and / or demonstrate advanced knowledge of recent developments, discourses and debates in a relevant discipline area and/or related areas of professional practice

Demonstrate a high standard of ethical conduct in research, exercising autonomy, responsibility, accountability, and well-developed independent judgement

Communicate specialised knowledge, ideas and arguments accurately, coherently and creatively to a variety of audiences through written manuscripts and oral presentations.

Note: This course is also available to study on JCU Singapore campus with Feb, July intakes.

Which department am I in?

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies



Study options

Full Time (6 months)

Tuition fees
A$16,140.00 (US$ 12,050) per year
Annual Tuition Fee: AUD $16,140 (Estimate only.)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

21 February 2022, 25 July 2022


Smithfield Campus

14-88 McGregor Road,



4878, CAIRNS, Australia

Full Time (6 months)

Tuition fees
A$16,140.00 (US$ 12,050) per year
Annual Tuition Fee: AUD $16,140 (Estimate only.)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

21 February 2022, 25 July 2022


Townsville City Campus

City Arcade, 383 Flinders Street,



4810, TOWNSVILLE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants require a degree equivalent to an Australia Bachelor degree. English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS: 6.0 (no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (internet-based): 74 (minimum writing score of 18); Pearson (PTE Academic): 52 (no component less than 52); C1 Advanced/C2 Proficiency: 169 (no component less than 169).

For international students

Completion of at least a 4-year AQF level 7 bachelor degree or an AQF level 8 qualification in a relevant health, health science, medicine, medical science, or veterinary science discipline with a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (credit average) in the final year; and a grade of credit (65%) or better in a minimum of one research methods or analysis subject; or other qualifications recognised by the University as equivalent.

IELTS - 6.5 (no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (internet based) - 86 (no component less than 21); Pearson (PTE Academic) - 58 (no component less than 54); C1 Advanced / C2 Proficiency: 176 (no component less than 169).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is ranked among the top 2% of universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2020.

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