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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research - 134JA

Course Code: 134JA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Faculty of Health
UAC Code: 880733
CRICOS Code: 069529G
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

It’s time to step up and be listened to

If you’re an experienced, qualified nurse or health professional looking for career advancement and/or the opportunity to gain additional knowledge, experience and qualifications in health - then the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research will give you the skills and qualifications to work at a higher, more strategic level.

This 12 months (full time), or 48 month (part-time), course takes a deeper and more advanced look at health-related topics like epidemiology, planning, how to perform statistical analyses and understanding the qualitative and quantitative practices of the research process.

This course will also prepare you with the necessary skills to be able to design and lead your own clinical research projects which could go on to help influence health related policies in Government Health, Private Health and Heath Insurance industries.

As part of this course you’ll also learn methodology, ethical and economic considerations and acquire crucial new technical writing skills.  In addition, with strong industry contacts with local and national hospitals, communities and professional bodies, you will also gain an extensive range of industry and professional contacts.

Study a Graduate Certificate in Health Research at UC and you will:

  • build on your relevant undergraduate degree with enhanced research skills
  • develop knowledge of how to progress an idea to the stage of a research project
  • be competent in developing an answerable research question, planning and developing a research proposal and performing appropriate statistical analyses
  • have the necessary skills and qualifications to participate in, and eventually lead clinical research
  • be recognised as a top level strategic thinker

Work Integrated Learning

WIL is a major component of the UC experience and students are given the unique opportunity to take their experience and use health related issues, from their current work environment, as potential study and research subjects from which to gain valuable knowledge and insights.

Career opportunities

A Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research opens many doors and can lead into a career as professional advisor and/or consultant in health or health related fields for both government and private health sectors.

Course-specific information

This is an approve and accredited course and as such students must have a degree in a health related field, or the equivalent as approved by the University.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the Faculty of Health faculty office, email

Admission Requirements

A completed bachelor degree in a health-related discipline*.

* A health-related discipline includes medicine, nursing, dentistry, psychology, counselling, pharmacy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, optometry, speech pathology, sports and exercise science, speech pathology

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Graduate Diploma in Health Research GradDip HealthRsch

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Certificate in Health Research

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research students will be competent in developing an answerable research question, planning and developing a research proposal and, conducting and reporting on a research project. 1 - Communication
2 - Analysis and Inquiry
3 - Problem Solving
4 - Working independently and with others
5 - Professionalism and Social Responsibility.

Course Duration

Standard: two semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum: eight semesters.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

The Graduate Certificate in Health Research is subsumable into this course.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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