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Graduate Certificate in Research Management and Communication

Graduate Certificate

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  • Course abbreviation

    HDR Grad Cert

  • Course code


  • Credit points



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.

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

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

GA2: Creativity

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

GA3: Ethical practice

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

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

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

GA5: Lifelong learning

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

GA6: Communication and social skills

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.

GA7: Cultural competence

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

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.

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).

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Online Research Semester 1 , Research Semester 2 N/A N/A


We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

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:

  • 2 core units (24 credit points); and
  • 2 equivalent elective units (24 credit points); and
  • must have successfully completed their research thesis.

Course structure

Unit Code Unit Title Notes

Core Units

EDUC7009 Research Project Management
EDUC7013 Communication and Outreach


EDUC7010 Ethical Research and Oversight
EDUC7011 Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship
EDUC7012 Leadership and Governance
EDUC7014 Workplace Engaged Learning Note 2
EDUC7015 Extended Workplace Engaged Learning Note 1