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Key details

Duration

0.5 year/s full-time
1 year/s part-time
0.5 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2
Online - No

Locations

CDU Waterfront Darwin, Online
CDU Waterfront Darwin

Credit points required

40

Course code

UBRES1
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

The Graduate Certificate of Business Research is for graduates, including professionals from a range of backgrounds - industry, government and community enterprises, who want to develop advanced business research skills relevant to commercial and academic contexts. This course is uniquely framed around ongoing business sustainability focused projects, which provide insights to the tasks and challenges of authentic business research.

During this course you will apply advanced business research concepts, theories and methods through a series of research projects. You will have the opportunity to develop a high level of proficiency in the collection and utilisation of business research information, including the application of a range of analytical techniques.

The Graduate Certificate of Business Research may provide a pathway to a Higher Degree by Research (HDR). High achieving students should satisfy admission requirements to progress into a Master by Research (MRes). Entry into a doctorate (PhD) may also be possible for exceptional students with proven research capability. Students making good progress with a MRes may also be eligible to transfer to a PhD partway through their candidature. Please note there are a range of other considerations are involved evaluating HDR student eligibility, including availability of an appropriate HDR Supervisor.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $16,380.00. This equates to $4,095.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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Why study at CDU?

Study a postgraduate course at Charles Darwin University to upskill at work, fast-track your career, increase your job prospects or explore a new interest. We offer flexible study options so you don't have to put your life on hold while you learn.

  • #1 Australian uni for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Top 100 university globally for quality education
  • Our graduates enjoy higher than average employment rates and starting salaries

What will I study?

Graduate Certificate of Business Research components are inter-related and build upon one another across the semester (or longer for part time students). You will undertake three applied research projects that provide practical business research experience and a framework for you to learn about all aspects of the business research process. The research projects will build your understanding of research design and writing and applied qualitative and quantitative research methods. Over the duration of the course you will produce a substantial research portfolio that will illustrate your advanced research skills and learning.

Course structure

The final component will see you work with academics skilled in sustainable business research to develop your own research project, including a literature review and research design appropriate for future investigation. This will take the form of an HDR research proposal. You will work on this over the duration of a semester and build upon the thorough grounding in qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well epistemological and research paradigm considerations.

Your learning will take shape through workshops and discussions to guide you in performing actual research and related tasks. This is a research-based programme that relies upon self-directed studies and research activity performed under the guidance of experienced academic researchers. Completion of the course will satisfy the eligibility requirements for admission in a Masters by Research at CDU.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units
(4 units)
40cpCompulsory Core units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.

BUS801 Business Research Project 1: Literature Review and Research Design
BUS802 Business Research Project 2: Applied Qualitative Business Research
BUS803 Business Research Project 3: Applied Quantitative Business Research
BUS804 Business Research Thesis Proposal
 

 40cpTotal Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Certificate AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
 

Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The recommended study plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core Unit
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
BUS801 Business Research Project 1: Literature Review and Research DesignSE  
BUS802 Business Research Project 2: Applied Qualitative Business ResearchSE  
BUS803 Business Research Project 3: Applied Quantitative Business ResearchSE  
BUS804 Business Research Thesis ProposalSE  

 

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The recommended study plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core Unit
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  BUS801 Business Research Project 1: Literature Review and Research DesignSE
  BUS802 Business Research Project 2: Applied Qualitative Business ResearchSE
  BUS803 Business Research Project 3: Applied Quantitative Business ResearchSE
  BUS804 Business Research Thesis ProposalSE

 

 

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degree or equivalent international qualification in a business related field, with at least a credit average (GPA 5.0).

Applicants who meet the above in a non-business-related discipline but have at least four years full time business or research experience in positions of responsibility will also be considered. Applicants must provide further documentation in the form of a curriculum vitae (CV), documented evidence from your employer detailing roles and responsibilities, and a statement of purpose addressing how the course will help you achieve your career aspirations.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

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Course details

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Graduate Certificate of Business Research
Faculty/College
Asia Pacific College of Business and Law
Sector
HE
Area of study
Business

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:student.central@cdu.edu.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
CDU Waterfront Darwin (FF)
1GC562
871101
Online (FF)
1GC562
871101
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
CDU Waterfront Darwin
107258G

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