Graduate Diploma in Business Research Methods

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Advanced research skills and qualifications are highly valued in both academia and the commercial world. The Graduate Diploma in Business Research Methods provides research training for students who want to go on and complete a PhD or Master of Philosophy program with UQ Business School.

The program covers qualitative and quantitative research, and scientific methods. You can choose from a range of courses and will also be required to complete a research project or thesis.

As a leading global business school, UQ Business School is internationally renowned for the quality of its research. In the 2015 Excellence in Australia (ERA) review, our research was classed as 'well above world standard' in the fields of business and management, tourism, and information systems.


Applicants for the Graduate Diploma in Business Research Methods program must have:

  • a Graduate Certificate in Business Research Methods from UQ with a GPA of at least 5.75 on a 7 point scale; or
  • a Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a GPA of at least 5.75 on a 7 point scale.

The application procedure for the program varies depending on whether you are a domestic or international student.

Find further information about course dates, costs and how to apply


The Graduate Diploma in Business Research Methods covers core research methods and techniques via a range of courses and either an in-depth research project or thesis. Courses completed as part of the program may be counted towards the coursework component of the UQ Business School PhD or MPhil program.


The Graduate Diploma in Business Research Methods program takes one year of full-time study to complete, or the equivalent part-time. 


The standard full-time load for a program is 8 units per semester (this usually means 4 courses worth 2 units each per semester). Full-time study is defined as 75% or more of the standard full-time load for a program (i.e. at least 6 units per semester, or 3-4 courses, for most programs).

International students must be enrolled in 8 units per semester.

It is estimated that for each course a student would have approximately 3-5 contact hours in lectures and tutorials, and would also need to do additional hours of study.


Australian students can study part-time (usually 1 to 2 courses per semester). In some cases, classes are scheduled multiple times per week and students can choose either day or evening classes. This does not occur in all programs. If you intend to study solely in the evenings, please check the availability and timing of classes.


What outcomes to expect from your degree

The Graduate Diploma in Business Research Methods is designed to prepare students for one of the research higher degrees. Most graduates move on to the PhD or MPhil programs which can lead to careers in academia or industry.

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