Graduate Certificate of Health and Medical Research

Postgraduate coursework

Advance your career in clinical research and help improve the lives of communities. This course offers a unique and fast-tracked pathway to PhD study.

Domestic student information

Key facts


Semester 1: Full-time or Part-time over one year

Semester 2: For students with approved RPL only

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Semester 2 2023 close 28 May 2023

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Help improve the lives and communities we serve by driving evidence-based solutions that have a real-world impact across Australia and around the globe. Deakin’s Graduate Certificate of Health and Medical Research provides the opportunity to advance your career in clinical research; offering a unique and fast-tracked pathway to PhD study for graduates of undergraduate and postgraduate courses where the requirements for PhD entry have not been fulfilled. 

Are you ready to participate in cutting-edge research and drive change in your field? 

Under the guidance of some of the Australia’s leading researchers and benefiting from access to world-class facilities, you will graduate with skills highly sought after for academia, research institutes, hospitals, medical bodies, as well as government health and science agencies.  

Additionally, the unique structure of this course allows the minimum requirements for PhD entry at Deakin University, which is a 2 credit point research thesis, to be met as well as providing experiential training around project planning, execution, presentation, and thesis writing. 

Upon completing this course students will have utilised and improved on a range of skills such as critical thinking, complex problem solving, communication, and technical skills due to the composition of assessment tasks in research training, including ethics, and experiential research to demonstrate discipline specific knowledge and capabilities. 

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Health and Medical Research

2023 course information

Deakin code
CRICOS code?
110775D Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Health and Medical Research students must attain 4 credit points, all unit are core (these are compulsory).

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core units

Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Research Interpretation and Integrity
  • Health and Medical Research Project Proposal
  • Semester 2

  • Health and Medical Research Project Thesis
  • Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Semester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Semester 2. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Semester 1 - February

    • Start date: February
    • Available at:
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong) 
      • Online

    Semester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Online

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.


    You should be able to commit 35 hours a week to your degree.

    Participation requirements

    This course requires you to undertake your own research. A year of specialised study will allow you to draw together the theory and practical skills gained in previous undergraduate studies and to develop an in-depth knowledge of your particular discipline through research and additional coursework.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.


    Work experience

    Not applicable

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • A Bachelor degree or higher in a discipline related to the proposed research project with a WAM >65 in final year units


    • Doctor of Medicine (H911) students will have had to have successfully completed a minimum of 8 credit points of the Doctor of Medicine.

    Entry will also be determined by the availability of supervisors and resources. The projects would be listed via the School of Medicine project booklet, which will be modified to also include projects suitable for Graduate Certificate students. This will create a resource where prospective students can find projects that suit their interests.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Recognition of prior learning

    Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is available for students that have previously achieved equivalent learning outcomes for HMH811 and HMH701. A maximum of 2 credit points can be granted via RPL. 

    Doctor of Medicine (H911) students who have completed the first 2 years of study will be eligible for 1 credit point of RPL from HMH811. Doctor of Medicine (H911) graduates will be eligible for 2 credit points of RPL from HMH811 and HMH701.

    Master of Optometry (D302) graduates will be eligible for 2 credit points of RPL for HMH811 and HMH701.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year as they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by four credit points of study for Graduate Certificates. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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    What is FEE-HELP?

    FEE-HELP loans cover up to 100% of tuition fees for eligible students. By taking out a FEE-HELP loan, the government pays your tuition fees directly to Deakin, and the balance is repaid from your employment income - but only once you're earning over $48,361.

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    Please note that the fees shown by the calculator are indicative only and actual fees may vary. Users are advised to confirm the actual course fee with Prospective Student Enquiries prior to enrolment.

    The estimated course fee is based on the tuition fee costs applicable to a domestic full time student commencing the course in Trimester 1 and studying full time for the duration of the course but:

    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
    • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 10% Deakin alumni discount);
    • assumes the maximum number of units that need to be successfully completed actual number completed may be reduced if recognition of prior learning is granted;
    • assumes that no exceptional, or non-typical, circumstances apply to the proposed course of study;
    • assumes that the options that the user selects are appropriate for the course of study that they intend to undertake;
    • where fees are estimated for future years those fee will be subject to annual increases in accordance with increases in the cost of course delivery.

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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Deakin Application Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    Entry pathways

    The proposed Graduate Certificate of Health and Medical Research will provide research training and a research experience that will be assessed by a 2 credit point thesis. Successful completion of this course does not automatically guarantee pathway. Students who complete the research project for the Graduate Certificate of Health and Medical Research with a grade of 70% or higher will be eligible for entry for a PhD candidature at Deakin University.

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    Career outcomes

    Not applicable

    Professional recognition

    Not applicable

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply advanced discipline-specific knowledge and understanding of health and medical research methodologies to plan and execute a research project as well as disseminate research findings.


    Effectively use written, visual, and verbal communication of health and medical research concepts and research findings to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

    Digital literacy

    Utilise digital technologies to locate, collect, curate, and interpret literature and data to disseminate health and medical research concepts and relevant information.

    Critical thinking

    Critically evaluate health and medical research literature, methodologies, and research data in a creative and constructive manner to contribute to health and medical research.

    Problem solving

    Define a health or medical research question and design a methodology to address the research question, in the given timeframe, that is appropriate and ethical.

    Reflect upon the research project in the context of health or medical literature to contribute advancement of knowledge by disseminating research data and findings.


    Demonstrate self-management to source, curate, and interpret health and medical research literature and data with a high degree of autonomy.



    Global citizenship

    Engage in professional and ethical research practices.