For over ten years, the University of Melbourne has hosted professional development programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research students. Students have come from all over Australia to take part in our highly regarded one-week intensive program.
Working together as a cohort, student develop a wide range of research skills in a culturally respectful learning environment underpinned by Indigenous perspectives. The Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research (GC-IRPRO) is fully recognised as an award course of the University of Melbourne. It is an interdisciplinary program which explores research and develops research skills from an Indigenous perspective, and considers 'Indigenous research' as not only research by Indigenous individuals but also research on Indigenous topics.
Upon satisfactory completion of the course, participants are awarded a Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research, which will also give them 25 credit points towards the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research and Leadership.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Resolve research issues and bring this ability to the solving of research problems from an Indigenous perspective
- Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues and conduct in Indigenous research
- Demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of principles, practices and milestones in developing and completing their research projects
- Communicate such understanding and skills effectively through oral and written research presentations.
Research Higher Degree students (Masters or PhD) from any Australian university who are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
The course is taught via a mixed mode of seminars, case studies and group activities, with an emphasis on collaborative learning. Participants engage in a range of activities, including structured reflection, academic writing and formal verbal presentations. Assessment tasks relate directly to participants' own research.
To gain the Professional Certificate, participants must complete one 25-point subject.
Online component: 26 July – 19 September
On-campus Symposium: 4 – 7 October
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About the subject
The Indigenous Research subject explores research and develops skills from an Indigenous perspective. Topics covered include:
- Selecting and refining a thesis topic
- Research design, methods and methodology
- Reviewing the literature
- Ethical issues in Indigenous research
- Establishing effective relationships with supervisors
- Managing a research project
- Communicating your research and community engagement
- Qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis and presentation
- Planning and writing a thesis
Articulation into the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research and Leadership
Upon satisfactory completion of this program, participants are awarded a Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research, which will give them 25 credit points towards the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research and Leadership.
Please note that you may not undertake the Professional Certificate and the Graduate Certificate in the same year.
Applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
- 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.
- Written endorsement from the applicant's principal research project supervisor and the relevant head(s) of department or equivalent.
For applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent costs are subsidised in 2021 thanks to a generous Gift to the University from Julie Hannaford.
Submit your Expression of Interest
Please submit your expression of interest and supporting documents by Tuesday 15 June 2021.
Send the following supporting documents
- A one-paragraph Statement of Support from your Supervisor indicating why they have nominated you or why they think you are a good candidate for the course. For those close to submission, this statement must also indicate that you will be able to complete the assessment requirements of the course.
- A confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage (as costs are covered for students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, we are required to provide confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage for all students enrolled in the course).
Please email your supporting documents to Dina Uzhegova.
Complete formal course application online
Once we receive your Expression of Interest and supporting documents we will notify you if your application was successful. You will be asked to complete a formal course application and enrol in the course via the University of Melbourne's central application system.