Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research

The Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research (GC-IRPRO) is an interdisciplinary coursework program which explores research and develops research skills from an Indigenous perspective.  In this course, ‘Indigenous research’ includes not only research by Indigenous individuals, but also research on Indigenous topics. The course is taught in a mixed mode of seminars, case studies, and group activities, with an emphasis on collaborative learning. Students engage in a range of activities, including structured reflection, academic writing, and formal verbal presentations. Students’ assessment tasks relate directly to their own research.

The Professional Certificate will not be offered in 2014. The next intake will be in February 2015.

Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research

Suitable For: Research Higher Degree Students
Entry Requirements:

The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue the course successfully using the following criteria:

  • Current enrolment in a Research Higher Degree course at Masters level or above. (A Research Higher Degree is defined as requiring at least two-thirds research work and not more than one-third coursework.); AND
  • Written endorsement from the applicant’s principal research project supervisor and the relevant head(s) of department or equivalent.
The Selection Committee will allocate at least three quarters of the available places to applicants from any discipline who are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, and who fulfil the preceding academic criteria. Confirmation of Indigenous status may be sought for such applicants.

The Selection Committee may allocate up to one quarter of the available places to academically qualified applicants not of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, whose research is on Indigenous topics.

The Selection Committee may conduct interviews, call for head of department or supervisor reports, or seek other information in order to elucidate any of the matters referred to above, including an applicant’s ability to contribute appropriately to the cohort experience.

Structure: One 25-point Core Subject
Course / Subject Information:

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Study Period: A 5-day intensive Summer School held over 7 days in February at the University of Melbourne's Parkville Campus.  Accommodation is provided for students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
Fees: Costs are subsidised for students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.  All other students will be required to pay course fees ($5312 in 2013) for the 25 point compulsory subject.

Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students are awarded a Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research, which will give them 25 credit points towards the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research and Leadership.

How to Apply:

Local Applicant

For more information, please contact the Course Coordinator:

Dr Christine Asmar
Murrup Barak – Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development
Old Physics Building (Bldg 128)
The University of Melbourne VIC 3010
Tel: (03) 9035 8806 / 8344 7722
Fax: (03) 9347 5487

Course administration enquiries should be directed to the Academic Programs Office.

Mrs Elizabeth (Liz) Dent
Manager, Academic Programs Office
Tel: +61 3 8344 9339
Fax: +61 3 8344 0824