Postgraduate

Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice

Prepare yourself to work safely and effectively in complex field environments with core knowledge and practical training

Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level with a postgraduate degree and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

Graduates from this course may go on to work as researchers, scientists, journalists, humanitarian aid workers, human rights advocates, engineers, diplomats and development workers in organisations such as the United Nations, Australian Government agencies (e.g. the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), universities and research organisations, media organisations, and humanitarian NGOs such as World Vision and Oxfam.
Graduates from this course may go on to work as researchers, scientists, journalists, humanitarian aid workers, human rights advocates, engineers, diplomats and development workers in organisations such as the United Nations, Australian Government agencies (e.g. the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), universities and research organisations, media organisations, and humanitarian NGOs such as World Vision and Oxfam.
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Further Study

Students completing the Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice are eligible to articulate into the Master of Social Research Methods.
Students completing the Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice are eligible to articulate into the Master of Social Research Methods.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate - fee paying students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
24
Total Course Fee - 2019
$11,450.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA with the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of a major;
or
(b) a level and duration of education, professional experience, and demonstrable life skills considered by UWA to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course.

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—Expression of Interest form.
Self-assessment form.
Online preparation questionnaire.

Expressions of Interest

If you are interested in applying for the Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice and the core unit Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places, complete the Expression of Interest form and return it to the Academic Services team in the School of Social Sciences at ss@uwa.edu.au.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details


Working in the field can be demanding and involves uncertainty, risks and challenges. Through building your core knowledge and providing you with practical training, the unique Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice prepares you to work in complex, unstable and potentially hostile environments.

About The Course

This course is designed for both people preparing to work in the field and researchers undertaking research fieldwork in a range of complex, unstable and potentially hostile environments.
Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2019
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • Off-campus
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2, June 2019 commencement also available.
Weekly contact time
  • Variable – approximately 8 contact hours plus own study time
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 12270
CRICOS code
  • 0100074
Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice
Status
  • Available 2019
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • Off-campus
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2, June 2019 commencement also available.
Weekly contact time
  • Variable – approximately 8 contact hours plus own study time
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 12270
CRICOS code
  • 0100074
Full time/part time duration
  • 0.5 years
Degrees course is available in
  • Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice

Course Structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

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).
TESTIMONIALS

Hear from our students

TESTIMONIALS

"The course has one of the best units I have taken so far. The theoretical and practical parts worked together well and prepared me to think through the various stages of ethical research and the potential complexities and expectations of fieldwork. The course was crucial in my recently successful fieldwork trip to African locations."
Muhammad, PhD Student

"The course made me fieldwork-ready through early exposure to some of the ethical and practical challenges of undertaking research in countries facing conflict. I learnt a great deal about myself and how I act under pressure, and cannot recommend the course enough."
Tinashe, Master of International Relations student

"The course has helped me a great deal in two important areas. Theoretically, in addition to mastering how to draft a research plan, ethics application, risk management plan and security and travel guidelines, I have gained an advanced understanding of conducting research in complex and hostile environments, particularly among vulnerable research populations. Practically, I have been equipped with how to manage and escape risk if I am under an attack (active shooter); how to use radio, maps, a compass and GPS; how to negotiate my way out of complex situations; how to deal with crowds and escape mob action; how to walk safety on landmines and explosive-ridden places; and how to cope with and react in the event I am kidnapped and taken hostage."
Isaac, PhD Student

Industry Affiliations

The Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice employs United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) SSAFE accredited trainers to support the delivery of the core subject of this course. On completion of the intensive 7-day component of the Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places class , students will gain access to UNDSS accredited training certificates that enables them to meet the criteria for working on field deployments and operations under the UN umbrella.

School of Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences looks at understanding the human experience and exploring how and why society works.