Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Research

Postgraduate coursework

The Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Research at Deakin will provide you with in-depth research training specific to Indigenous knowledge systems.

Domestic student information

Key facts


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Are you interested in a qualification that is a pathway to a Masters or PhD by Research?

Are you interested in how Indigenous knowledge can reconfigure systems of thought in general?

The focus of this course is to equip students with in depth research training specific to Indigenous knowledge systems. The units of this course centre on:

  • Indigenous research methodologies and ways of knowing
  • Designing Indigenous research
  • Investigating debates in your discipline area

All these culminate in a comprehensive thesis that build research capabilities and capacity. This unique research qualification is delivered by Indigenous academic staff with interdisciplinary skills across diverse areas.

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Course structure

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Research, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of units comprising of 6 core units and 2 research units. Students must also complete

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

  • Standpoint Theory in Indigenous Research
  • Indigenous Research: Ways of Valuing and Being
  • Indigenous Research: Ways of Knowing and Doing
  • Indigenous Knowledge Modalities in Research
  • Theories and Debates in Indigenous Knowledges: Sites of Struggle
  • Designing An Indigenous Research Project
  • Research Project A
  • Research Project B
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Research

    2022 course information

    Deakin code
    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.

    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:
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can apply directly through the NIKERI Institute.

    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.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    NOTE: This course is only open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students offered at the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree in any discipline OR
    • at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    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

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student’s prior qualifications and professional experience.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $14,630 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in this course is only available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year. 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 eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight 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 tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    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.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    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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    How to apply

    NIKERI Institute

    NIKERI Institute applicants must apply via the How to apply webpage. You’ll need to complete a declaration statement and application form. If your application is successful, you’ll then be invited to an interview.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Alternative exits

    • Graduate Certificate of Indigenous Research (A501)

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888


    Career outcomes

    This course provides students with comprehensive research training which equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge to work in a researcher role in educational, government or private institutions. As a pathway to Higher Degree by Research programs, opportunities are open to research and academic roles in universities.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    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.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate a specialised knowledge of how to research, plan, analyse and evaluate solutions to complex challenges in Indigenous Knowledge research. Illustrate advanced knowledge and skills in Indigenous research methods and methodologies and their application in a local, national and international context.


    Demonstrate sophisticated and effective communication skills using critical analysis and engagement with Indigenous Knowledge literature and lived experience. Transmit ideas, analysis, findings and strategies through advanced written, oral and visual presentations and understand ethical and culturally appropriate ways of engaging with Indigenous communities.

    Digital literacy

    Employ a range of skills using computer programs and other digital literacies to source, analyse, generate and disseminate critical solutions of Indigenous Research issues/problems to an advanced level.

    Critical thinking

    Demonstrate advanced understanding and practices of ethical and cultural issues surrounding Indigenous Knowledges and research. Acquire advanced skills in the critical evaluation of Indigenous Knowledge and methodologies, research design and ethical issues and demonstrate application in discipline and research area.

    Problem solving

    Demonstrate the ability to analyse and evaluate information to inform Indigenous Knowledge methodologies and knowledges in the discipline area. Employ specialized knowledge, skills and creativity supported by research based theoretical underpinning to generate advanced crucially analysed solutions to complex issues and problems.


    Demonstrate advanced initiative and autonomy in planning, decision-making and problem solving in the field of Indigenous Knowledges and methodologies.


    Demonstrate an ability to work and learn collaboratively, collegially and respectfully with a range of disciplines, colleagues and Indigenous communities and their representatives.

    Global citizenship

    Foster cultural literacy and advocate for First Nations’ people globally. Demonstrate a responsibility to and understanding and appreciation of global, economic, political and ethical influences on and by Indigenous Knowledges and methodologies worldwide.

    Approved by Faculty Board May 2019