See first-hand how your research contributions can create positive change and support equitable and meaningful engagement with Indigenous Australians.
During your graduate certificate studies, you explore and analyse alternative epistemological paradigms that can inform your research practice and allow for engagement in research that provides outcomes consistent with Indigenous communities’ vision and aims.
You will develop a deeper understanding of the epistemological foundations of Indigenous research methodologies and apply your skills working with Indigenous people to secure equitable outcomes that may inform community development and public policy outcomes.
Your studies ensure you can demonstrate an ability to apply the research practices learnt in a culturally informed and respectful manner.
You have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills useful for roles with:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, organisations and communities.
government departments and agencies who are developing and implementing policy related to and having an impact upon Indigenous people.
private agencies and organisations that are involved in Indigenous affairs and are keen to be informed by meaningful and equitable research processes.
Credit transfers & 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
Non-Commonwealth supported places
International tuition fees
The annual tuition fee for full time study of 80 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) for commencing students in 2019 is AUD.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.
This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.
Australian qualification framework
This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:
The course requires the successful completion of 40 credit points of study. A core unit provides the philosophical foundations for engaging with Indigenous research paradigms and in Indigenous contexts. Thirty credit points of Specialist Elective seek to develop an understanding of and proficiency in the application of specific aspects of Indigenous research practice, ethics and protocols.
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 type||Credit Points||Specific requirements|
|40cp||Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.|
|40cp||Total 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.
Students commencing in Semester 1 - Part time
The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.
|Legend:||CO = Core Unit|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|INR500 Principles of Research in Indigenous Contexts||CO||INR501 Indigenous Research Methodologies||CO|
|IND590 Indigenous Research Project||CO||IND505 Indigenous Representation and Ethical Practice||CO|
Students commencing in Semester 2 - Part time
The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.
|Legend:||CO = Core Unit|