UWA's admission requirements for some postgraduate courses have changed for Semester 2, 2020 to facilitate student access to study during the COVID-19 situation. In many cases, these changes may not be extended beyond 2020. Contact Future Students for more information.
Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice
Fieldwork can be demanding and poses unique research challenges as well as risks to the security and safety of the researcher and research participants. Fieldwork also relies on the researcher's ability to clearly understand their research design and methods in order to effectively and ethically access, collect and manage data in the field.
This course teaches a range of applied research methodologies and field skills and techniques to prepare students for undertaking detailed fieldwork research with vulnerable research participants and/or for extended periods overseas or in less secure and/or complex and hostile environments.
Students develop theoretically grounded, practical knowledge of what is required to undertake applied research in complex and hostile places. This course provides a rigorous framework through which students can develop an integrated research plan, ethics application and fieldwork risk management plan to support cutting edge postgraduate research that is required for postgraduate research theses.
- Course title
- Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice
- Award abbreviation
- Course code
- Course type
- postgraduate certificate
- not available in 2020
- Administered by
- Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
- Intake periods
- Beginning of year and mid-year
- Attendance type
- full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
- Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
- Standard course duration
- 0.5 years
- Time limit
- 2 years
- Delivery mode
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth)
- Domestic fee type
- Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Dr David Mickler
- Visit the fees calculator.
Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.
Note: This course is not available in 2020.
|Key to availability of units:|
|S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2020;|
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised
Remaining units will be selected in consultation with the course adviser as electives to complement and inform study in the area of disciplinary or
cross-disciplinary depth (including additional methodological skills units).
A minimum of 50 per cent of units must be studied at Level 5.
At the completion of the Graduate Certificate, a student may apply to articulate into the Master of Social Research Methods (with the 24 points of Graduate Certificate credit).
Take all units from this group (12 points):
|Availability||Unitcode||Unitname||Unit requirements||Contact hours|
|N/A||SOCS5911||Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places (12 points)||Approximately 96 hours (seminars: 4 days at Crawley campus; practical: 3 day intensive at field site in Perth hills).|
In consultation with the course adviser, students will complete 12 points of core and then complete 12 points from relevant Level 4 and 5 elective units available in all faculties. These units will be selected in consultation with the course adviser as electives to complement and inform study in the area of disciplinary or cross-disciplinary depth.
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.
Academic Conduct Essentials module
2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).
English Language competency requirements
3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.
Admission ranking and selection
Online preparation questionnaire.
Articulations and exit awards
- 12270 Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice (24 points)
- 12560 Master of Social Research Methods (96 points)
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.
9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.
11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.