Frequently Asked Questions about the Master of R&D Management
What are the semester dates?
Semester dates in 2012 are:
What does online course really mean?
It means that you can access resources and materials to progress your studies at times convenient to your work and personal commitments. It also means that there are no contact hours on campus. You can therefore study the course from any location around the world. All you need is access to a computer with internet capacity.
How can I access course materials?
Access via the QUT Blackboard site is limited to students who are currently enrolled in the Masters or the Graduate Certificate. For details on course enrolment please refer to 'How to Enrol'.
If you are enrolled in the course and encounter an access problem please contact the e-Grad School Coordinator for assistance.
I am an international student, can I study the Master of R&D Management?
Yes the Master of R&D Management is available to international students. It can be studied on a part time or full time basis from your home country. Because it is an online course, with no lectures or classes to attend, it is not possible to get a visa to study the course in Australia. To apply please contact the e-Grad School Coordinator.
Am I able to obtain a loan to pay for my studies?
The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) assists students pay for their studies. New Permanent Residents of Australia (ie became a permanent resident after 1.1.2005) are not entitled to obtain a FEE-HELP loan. This benefit is only available to Australian citizens. New Residents cannot take advantrage of the loan until after they have received an invitation to become an Australian citizen and taken the pledge associated with the ceremony to become a citizen.
Information about eligibility to FEE-HELP can be found at http://www.goingtouni.gov.au/
Are their any scholarships to assist international students with fees?
Overseas students generally have to pay overseas student fees for their courses. The Australian government provides funding to higher education providers to offer scholarships to eligible postgraduate students to meet the costs associated with postgraduate education. See: Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarships
Can I receive advanced standing for prior studies?
Four year trained graduates may receive 48 credit points block towards the Masters course. However, the Course Coordinator must approve the proposed course of study. Three year trained graduates will normally be expected to have at least half a year of relevant professional experience and may be required to undertake the Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation prior to enrolling in the Masters.
Can I get credit for professional development activities?
Registered members of research management societies affiliated with INORMS (International Network of Research Management Societies) will be eligible to receive up to 24 credit points of block credit as the elective component for approved professional development activities accredited with the society and completed during the period of enrolment in the MRDM.
Can I get credit for participation in eGSA LEAP modules?
There are currently no GCRC/MRDM exemptions for LEAP participation, because the LEAP modules have not been assessed in a formal way. The LEAP modules are intended as a preliminary introduction to the content areas and participation is conducted in an informal manner.
However, depending on the participant's depth of previous engagement with the LEAP module, that experience is likely to provide a basis for (i) more productive interaction with the GCRC/MRDM class group; (ii) completing some of the GCRC assessment more quickly and (iii) completing the GCRC/MRDM units at a higher level of achievement.
How is assessment organised?
Unit moderators are all experienced in R&D management as it applies across the research sector including universities, government and industry. They have structured the assessment requirements to allow you the flexibility to use assessment items to address work-based requirements. They support your engagement with them and other students to share experience and best practice as you work through assessment requirements and course materials.
How will this course assist me to advance my career in R&D?
For those already working in the industry it provides a way of expanding your understanding by linking your experience to knowledge and theory. The assessment work can be defined to value add directly within your work place depending on how you structure your studies.
For all participants the Masters-level course provides a mechanism for gaining three accredited named qualifications (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters), within three semester of full time study, to include on your resume to demonstrate your commitment and competence to potential employers.
For all participants the course provides an opportunity to network with other practitioners doing the course as well as domain experts moderating the units. You will be able to actively sharing experience and best practice while extending your professional network.
How will I manage the workload associated with this course?
You can vary your enrolment depending you on workload (i.e., enrol in 1 to 4 units per semester/ enrol in 1 to 3 semesters per year). We encourage you to think about the units you wish to enrol in and how they will connect with your work requirements. Finally, remember that as an online course you have great flexibility about when and where you access materials and engage with others.
How will this course value add for me?
The course will:
How do I enrol?
Please contact the eGSA Coordinator for enrolment advice.
How much does it cost?
Fee per unit in 2012 is $2600 for domestic and $2900 for international students.
I see that the MRDM course is being replaced by the Master of Research Management and Commercialisation ; what does that mean for someone enrolling in Semester 1, 2012?
From Semester 2, 2012 the existing Master of R&D Management degree will have a new title. The basic structure remains the same, there are 3 new units, namely Introduction to Intellectual Property and Research (core); Patent Law and Commercialisation; Financial Management). Units that will be discontinued after Semester 1, 2012 are: Leadership and Communication; Public Policy and Research; Strategic Issues in R&D Management. R&D Management Projects 1 and 2 are renamed Commercialisation Project which is a 24 credit point unit.