English language requirements
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org
1 year part-time
Current Deakin Students
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This course provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to advance their professional training in research and satisfies some of the research training requirements to enable students to undertake higher degree studies (PhD).Read More
To complete the Graduate Certificate of Health Research Practice students must attain 4 credit points. Both 2 credit point units are core units (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.
2021 course information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Cloud (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.
Mandatory student checks
There are no mandatory student checks required for this course.
As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health, you will be expected to spend 300 hours over the trimester studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course.
Not applicable. Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability.
The course comprises two mandatory 2-credit point units (HSR701 Research Project Part A and HSR702 Research Project Part B) that require students to undertake 22 weeks (approximately 600 hours in total) of practical research experience. This experience is at Deakin University, where the student, under supervision, conducts authentic research in a specified area of human nutrition, exercise, or health.
The minimum entry requirement to this course is completion of a three year bachelor degree in a related discipline from an approved university or other educational institution, with a WAM of at least 65 in all level 3 and level 4 units (for Deakin awards) or final year units (for awards from other providers). The Bachelor degree should include a major in a cognate area (nutrition, food science, exercise science, biomedical science, health sciences, allied health or nursing) and training in research methods.
Applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and wish to apply into PhD program in future are strongly recommended to apply for the H418 Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences (Honours) course
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.
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
Fees and scholarships
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which 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 you have.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of study. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. 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 tuition fees.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
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.
How to apply
Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.
This course satisfies some of the research training requirements for undertaking higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs.
A graduate from this course will have the necessary skills to undertake research project management and work in the research field in areas such as universities, government and non-government organisations.
This course provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to advance their professional training in research and satisfies some of the research training requirements to enable students to undertake higher degree studies (PhD). As such there is no further professional recognition beyond that provided by the student’s undergraduate degree.
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 cognitive and technical skills to develop a deep understanding of the philosophies, ethics and principles of research in one or more discipline areas of practice in nutrition, exercise or health.
Under supervision, identify an original research question; select the appropriate methodological procedures for the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; and disseminate research findings to advance knowledge in nutrition, exercise or health
With minimal direction, clearly and accurately communicate research proposals and outcomes, defend and discuss all elements of the research project in the chosen field of study in nutrition, exercise and health to academics, specialists and others.
With minimal supervision, select and use appropriate technologies to source, interpret, adapt, collate, analyse and disseminate evidence-based information to an academic audience and specialists in the field of nutrition, exercise or health.
With minimal supervision, select and use appropriate technologies to manage data and apply data analysis methodologies appropriate for nutrition, exercise or health sciences.
Autonomously and critically review, interpret and synthesise scientific literature in the chosen field of study in nutrition, exercise or health; select and apply appropriate methodological principles suitable for the research project.
Select and apply appropriate analytical techniques to test the hypothesis; and interpret the findings and their contribution to advancing knowledge in the chosen field of study.
Under supervision, identify an original and worthwhile research question based on the literature in the chosen field of study that can be completed within the timeframe.
Conduct an investigation to address the research question in an appropriate, realistic and ethical manner, and contribute to advancement of knowledge in the field of nutrition, exercise or health by the appropriate dissemination of the research findings.
Use self-assessment to identify personal learning goals and needs to create a realistic project management plan and timeline that incorporates the literature review, obtaining ethical approval (if applicable), sourcing and/or collecting and analysing data, and dissemination of the findings.
Contribute constructively and collaboratively as a member of research team of specialists from a range of disciplines and backgrounds.
Apply ethical standards governing research and professional practice in the field of nutrition, exercise or health whilst maintaining confidentiality, and respecting inclusive, cultural sensitivities.