The Graduate Certificate of Research and Innovation Management has been designed to enhance the experience, career prospects and employability of PhD students. You will complete the coursework alongside your PhD program with course material delivered via both online units and on-campus workshops. The assessments for core units are embedded within existing PhD milestones.

Your industry experience

The course includes guest speakers from different industries. Electives include options for internships.

Research areas

  • Cultural studies
  • Communications
  • Strategic design management
  • Psychology

Skills you’ll learn

  • Planning your research project
  • Communicating your research
  • Research methods
  • Deep discipline knowledge

Your career opportunities

  • Academic
  • Researcher/Government consultant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Business development
  • Analyst – policy, market, quantitative

Key codes

International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Why Swinburne?

Ranked Top 300 

QS World University Rankings 2024

Ranked Top 350 

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023

Ranked Top 250 

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022


The Graduate Certificate of Research and Innovation Management (GC-RESIM) is only available to students in the following applicable domestic courses, and is not available for direct entry.

Students applying to the applicable domestic courses will automatically be considered for a place in the Graduate Certificate of Research and Innovation Management (GC-RESIM) and do not need to apply separately for this course.

Applicable courses: 

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

Students are required to complete 50 credit points comprised of four units of 12.5 credit points each:

Core units
Elective units
Graduate Certificate

At the commencement of their PhD, students will be enrolled into the two core units. They are required to complete these units within the first 12 months of candidature (prior to Confirmation of Candidature). Swinburne Research will deliver the two core units through a mix of online learning and face-to-face workshops on Hawthorn campus.

In consultation with the supervisory team, students take two elective units at any stage during the PhD candidature. The relevant faculty will deliver elective units, which can be online, multi modal, or on campus.

Coursework assessment

Your final submission in this PhD program will be a coursework assessment.

Course work

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Project Management for Research
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
Innovation and Impact in Research
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
Elective units
Earth Observation Data Analysis
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Research Methodology
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Quantitative Research Methods
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Qualitative Research Methods
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Philosophical Foundations of Research
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Advanced Research Communication Skills in Science, Engineering and Technology
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Research Design and Methodology
Elective unit
Nature of Learning and Teaching
Elective unit
Digital Learning Environments
Elective unit
Curriculum Design and Assessment
Elective unit
Scholarly Teaching: to explore, evaluate and improve
Elective unit
Developing Inclusive Learning and Teaching Practice
Elective unit
Design and Delivery for Online Learning
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Social Entrepreneurship
Elective unit
Research Methods
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Research Engagement
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Research Training
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Directed Study
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Research Engagement (STEM)
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Research Training (STEM)
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Neuroscience Methods
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Data Science Fundamentals
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Social Network Analysis
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Economics of Innovation
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Advanced Microeconometrics
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)


Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply to 2024 unit enrolments for HE Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and Undergraduate Full Fee Paying (FFP) only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Government-funded Research training program (RTP)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

How do I pay my fees?

HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme available to you if you are eligible and enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place. A HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of your contribution amount.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Finances
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.


Scholarship applications for 2024 are now open. Our research scholarships are awarded to candidates with exceptional potential who are undertaking doctoral studies. These opportunities seek to promote equity and recognise excellence and achievement. 

Please view our guidebook to help determine which documents you’ll need to prepare an application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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Apply for a research degree

Step 1: Decide on a research topic

Your research topic should align with one of the areas of research we are involved in. You can find out about Swinburne's areas of research through our:

Step 2: Find a supervisor

Using the Find a Supervisor tool search for a potential supervisor in your area of interest and contact them directly to discuss supervision. You must find a supervisor for your research project before applying for a research degree. Your application will not be considered unless you have an appropriate and willing supervisor.

Step 3: Submit your application

Once you have decided on a research topic and found an appropriate and willing supervisor, you must complete and submit the online application form.

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