Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology

Summary information

Course title

Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology





Colleges where it can be studied

  • Catholic Theological College
  • Eva Burrows College
  • Pilgrim Theological College
  • Stirling Theological College
  • Trinity College Theological School
  • Whitley College

Overseas students


AQF level

Level 8 – Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma

Study load

  • Part-time
  • Full-time


One semester full-time or up to three semesters part-time.

Cost of study

The GCRM requires completion of 3 standard postgraduate units. Fees for 2018 are $2,400 per unit or $7,200 for a full-time semester (3 units).

Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.

Detailed information

What this course is about

The Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology equips students to apply sophisticated research skills to complex issues such as the development of a research proposal, gathering of and conceptual processing of research material, and the presentation of a research artefact, such as a dissertation.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology

  1. have a working knowledge of terms, assumptions and approaches to research that are current in selected theological disciplines;
  2. have familiarity with research methods, protocols, practices and ethics;
  3. apply focussed research methods towards complex research issues;
  4. apply writing and communication skills to the presentation of research results.

Follow on study

Graduates who meet the other requirements for higher degrees by research may be eligible for admission to the Master of Theology, Doctor of Theology, Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.


Admission dates

Admissions for first semester 2018 close on Friday 16 February 2018.
Admissions for second semester 2018 close on Friday 20 July 2018.

Admission criteria

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in theology, or an approved equivalent.

How to apply

How to Enrol

Course structure

Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology must complete 45 credit points as follows:

a) a postgraduate unit in research methodology (15 points)

b) a Research Essay (30 points).

Information regarding the Research Essay may be found in the Research Essay Policy.

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Bachelor gown


Black trencher



Where to get further information

Enquiry information

  • If you intend to apply for admission as an overseas student, refer to the field, 'Overseas students', in the summary information provided at the top of this page to check if it is possible for your course.