Graduate Certificate of Business Research

Charles Darwin University
6 months
Full time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Graduate Certificate of Business Research

About this program

Graduate Certificate of Business Research

The Graduate Certificate of Business Research is for graduates, including professionals from a range of backgrounds - industry, government and community enterprises, who want to develop advanced business research skills relevant to commercial and academic contexts. This course is uniquely framed around ongoing business sustainability focused projects, which provide insights to the tasks and challenges of authentic business research.

During this course you will apply advanced business research concepts, theories and methods through a series of research projects. You will have the opportunity to develop a high level of proficiency in the collection and utilisation of business research information, including the application of a range of analytical techniques.

The Graduate Certificate of Business Research may provide a pathway to a Higher Degree by Research (HDR). High achieving students should satisfy admission requirements to progress into a Master by Research (MRes). Entry into a doctorate (PhD) may also be possible for exceptional students with proven research capability. Students making good progress with a MRes may also be eligible to transfer to a PhD partway through their candidature. Please note there are a range of other considerations are involved evaluating HDR student eligibility, including availability of an appropriate HDR Supervisor.

Admission requirements

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degree or equivalent international qualification in a business related field, with at least a credit average (GPA 5.0).

Applicants who meet the above in a non-business-related discipline but have at least four years full time business or research experience in positions of responsibility will also be considered. Applicants must provide further documentation in the form of a curriculum vitae (CV), documented evidence from your employer detailing roles and responsibilities, and a statement of purpose addressing how the course will help you achieve your career aspirations.

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

  • IELTS Academic Module: A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
  • Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency: A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module: A minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Core Units

  • Business Research Project 1: Literature Review and Research Design
  • Business Research Project 2: Applied Qualitative Business Research
  • Business Research Project 3: Applied Quantitative Business Research
  • Business Research Thesis Proposal

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Tuition fee: $16,380.00



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Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a sustainable, innovative, creative and inclusive new world university located in northern Australia teaching 24,000 students from more than 69 nationalities across 11 campuses and training centres, in over 100 regional and remote locations; and...

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Why study at Charles Darwin University

High Graduate Salaries

CDU is ranked the number one Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes.

Leader in Online Learning

CDU is a pioneer in e-learning and has been delivering courses online for almost 20 years. While you are studying online with CDU, you'll be studying with an innovative multi-sector university that is a leader in research and online study delivery.


With small class sizes, lecturers know your name and provide personalised support and advice.


You will receive support from academic staff and the dedicated International Student Support team, who will work with you throughout your studies to ensure your success.


Our main campus in Casuarina is surrounded by nature, with bike paths linking the University to the tropical surrounds, including a beautiful beach a few minutes away. Affordable public transport connects the campus to the Darwin Central Business District (CBD).

Dual-sector university is a pathway for everyone, from VET and undergraduate courses to postgraduate and higher degrees by research.

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Charles Darwin University

Ellengowan Drive
0810 Darwin

Phone no: +61 (08) 8946 6666

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