Graduate Diploma in Qualitative Health Research

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Qualitative researchers observe people as they go about their usual activities, interview them, conduct focus groups, and examine related documents and images. They analyse the resulting data to gain a better understanding of the issues impacting on peoples' health. The Graduate Diploma in Qualitative Health Research requires completion of 24 credit points through 4 core units of study: Advanced Qualitative Health Research; Qualitative Research Methodologies; Qualitative Research Analysis & Writing; Designing a Qualitative Research Project; and 12 credit points through elective units of study. Completion of this Graduate Diploma program can be used as credit towards a Masters degree.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan


The Graduate Diploma in Qualitative Health Research consists of 36 credit points (cp), including four core units (24cp) and 12cp of elective units of study. The core units include a capstone in which students will be mentored to develop a sound proposal for a future research project. Through this core study, you will get a big-picture view of qualitative inquiry, become familiar with qualitative methodologies and study designs, develop skills in qualitative analysis, and develop an understanding of the nature and value of qualitative knowledge. You may undertake interdisciplinary elective units in health policy, sociology, anthropology, bioethics, medical humanities, linguistics and on a wide range of topics in public health, international health and health promotion offered within the school or outside the school subject to the course and unit coordinator.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of this course are able to work as academic researchers, contract researchers, market researchers, or research officers in government or non-government organisations.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Qualitative Health Research will hold a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification. In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the School, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (a) directly to the University, or (b) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.