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Early graduation options

You may be able to graduate sooner with:

Note: Research Studies major only

  • Alternative pathway for PhD candidates who require necessary research training and experience.
  • Study discipline coursework and research methods, before completing a supervised research dissertation.
  • Complete in 2 semesters full-time or 4 semesters part-time.
QUT course code BS69
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 February, July
Note: Mid year entry is subject to unit and supervisor availability. Please refer to entry requirements for further information.
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • QUT Business School
Course contact Faculty research office - QUT Business School
CRICOS code 072979M
  • Human Resource Developer
  • Human Resource Manager


The purpose of this course is to provide the basic research training for potential PhD candidates who do not possess the necessary research experience to gain entry into the PhD. It is offered as an alternative pathway, giving you the opportunity to pursue a research career.

Mid-year entry

Mid-year entry students should contact the Research Discipline Coordinator for enrolment advice and course progression details. Mid-year entry to any major cannot be guaranteed and is subject to supervisor and unit availability.

Part-time study

Part-time students should contact the Research Discipline Coordinator for enrolment advice and course progression details. Part time study in any major cannot be guaranteed and is subject to unit availability.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Graduate Diploma in Business (Research) (Human Resource Management)

Students must complete four coursework units (48 credit points) and a dissertation (48 credit points), as per the program of study.

Unit prerequisite requirements are deemed to have been satisfied upon admission to this course. Where option (elective) units may be undertaken, students should check prerequisite requirements and obtain approval from the Research Discipline Coordinator.

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Entry requirements

Academic entry requirement

A completed recognised Bachelor Degree or Masters Degree (Coursework) (or qualifications deemed equivalent) with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) score of 5.5 or better (on QUT's 7 point scale). This qualification must include a major in the area of intended study.

Application Guide

Applicants are required to nominate a supervisor and topic when submitting a formal application. Normally applications will be successful only if a supervisor and topic are well matched. The faculty does not guarantee supervision capacity for all topics. Applicants should ensure that there is a genuine fit with the potential supervisor's research interests by looking at the interests of the researchers within the relevant school as described on the QUT Business School website. The Research Coordinator within each school can also assist with this process.

This contact should include a transcript of academic records, the topic area which they wish to study, the school in which they wish to undertake their research, and if known, the name of a potential supervisor. The HDR Admissions Officer may ask for further information to assist with your enquiry. The information will be passed onto the nominated school or supervisor.

Faculty Research Contact


Telephone: +61 (7) 3138 1407

Level 7, Z Block, Room Z704
Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane QLD 4000

Postal address
Research Support Office - QUT Business School
2 George St
Brisbane QLD 4001

Application Submission

To apply, applicants should submit an application using the PG Form and email this to the QUT Business School HDR Admissions Officer at (

Note: Applicants are encouraged to enrol initially in the Graduate Diploma of Business (Research) to undertake the academic prerequisite training for potential entry into the PhD program.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: $27,400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2018: $26,400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Graduate Diploma in Business (Research) (Human Resource Management)

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

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