Graduate Certificate in Research (X5A)

Overview  2022

Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 2 Years
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Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 2 Years
Course rules
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Current students
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The Graduate Certificate in Research has been introduced by the University to assist Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates systematically acquire the skills and training they need to complete their research. The Graduate Certificate is also part of an initiative by the University to internationalise and increase the transferability of UTAS degrees, improve student experience and retention rates, and ensure the timeliness of completion of higher degrees by research.

All PhD and Research Masters candidates commencing after 1 January 2011 are required to participate in the program.

Please visit the Graduate Certificate in Research website for detailed information including core unit dates, managing your enrolment, applying for credit / exemptions and off schedule unit requests.

The Bologna Process identified the global need to raise the quality of both research environments and HDR graduates: It is now commonly agreed that HDR candidates need to be equipped with generic and transferable skills and an understanding of social and ethical responsibility, both of which improve completion rates and broadens a candidate's career prospects.

Postgraduate training is now seen as moving beyond merely training the next generation of academics. Instead it is accepted as a means of equipping an advanced workforce with the skills necessary for critical thinking and team work.

The Graduate Certificate (Research) will include a generic unit that exposes candidates to the issues surrounding ethical research, long term data storage and meta-tagging, intellectual property and patents, commercial and other sensitivities, opportunities to commercialise the outputs of research, and the globalisation of research.

Career outcomes

The Graduate Certificate will imbue our HDR graduates with the fundamental skills and attributes that future employers would expect, including competencies in communication and advanced analysis specific to their discipline.

Professional Recognition

Course structure

X5A Graduate Certificate in Research requires the completion of:

  • 25 credit points of Core units
  • 25 credit points of Elective units

All PhD candidates must complete XGR501 Introduction to Higher Degree by Research, and one other unit prior to Confirmation of Candidature. It is highly recommended that the second unit completed for Confirmation be XGR502 Communicating Research, however it is understood that in some cases greater benefit may be gained from completion of an elective unit at this time. Please discuss with your primary Supervisor and the Course Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Research if a unit other than XGR502 is being considered.

Research Masters candidates must complete 25cp of the Graduate Certificate: XGR501 Introduction to Higher Degree by Research prior to confirmation of candidature and a second unit (XGR502 or an elective) before submission for examination.

Students will work with their primary supervisor to select Level 200-700 units available as electives that best support and complement the student’s research program. Students may also enrol in Level 100 introductory language units with the primary supervisor’s approval.  Students must meet any unit prerequisites for the selected units.

Candidates must complete all units in the Graduate Certificate within two years of full time (or equivalent) candidature.



Introduction to Higher Degree by Research will introduce doctoral and masters candidates to higher degrees by research (HDR) study at the University of Tasmania.Candidates will be introduced to a range of topics including what it means to be an HDR…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSummer school
HobartWinter school (late)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Communicating Research introduces principles of academic writing, referencing and broad presentation skills to PhD and Masters candidates to higher degrees by research (HDR) training at the University of Tasmania.This unit will focus on a range of topics including: managing and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students


You will need to complete 25 credit points of Elective units as part of your Graduate Certificate in Research.

To search for possible Elective units, use the Unit Search tool to search by the discipline that you are interested in. In consultation with your supervisor, you can complete any units at Intermediate (200) level or above, or any language unit (other than English) marked as "Student Electives" which you meet the pre-requisites for.

Entry requirements

Admission Prerequisites

Higher degree by research concurrent enrolment

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Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students will be provided with a Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset scholarship of AUD $22,000- $33,000. This scholarship is provided to individual students to offset their tuition fees.

These funds are provided by the Commonwealth Government as a contribution to the University towards the direct costs of a student’s research training (supervision, access to resources or facilities at the University, costs associated with fieldwork, training in techniques and necessary coursework undertaken outside the School/Institute).

International students

2022 Total Course Fee (international students): $6,703 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $13,405 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.


Higher Degree by Research Candidates may apply for a variety of scholarships to assist with the cost of living, tuition fees and other research costs. For a full list of scholarships available to domestic and international candidates please visit Research degree scholarships and fees.

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