Research Essentials: Developing Excellence in Research Design and Practice

What is Research Essentials?

Research Essentials is a unique research training resource that has been designed to deliver a world class program to meet the specific needs of all those involved in research while also enabling learners to pick and choose from a diverse range of subjects so that they can design a training program that best meets their needs.

The program is comprised of 6 internationally accepted core Competency Units and a selection of Electives. In total there are 68 unique modules to choose from. 

Research Essentials has been designed and written by a group of over 60 of Australia's leaders in the fields of research, science and research ethics and is based on the work of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University, MRCT group. PRAXIS is an Australian partner of the  MRCT. Click to read more about the work of the MRCT .

Why should you do this course? 

Research Essentials is designed to improve research efficiency, increase research outputs, drive innovative research and minimise research risk. This model is designed to meet the diverse needs of all members of the research workforce. 

Who has Research Essentials been designed for?

Research Essentials has been designed to cater to the needs of all aspects of Australia's diverse research workforce. If you are a Researcher or Investigator, Research Coordinator or Nurse, Research Manager or Assistant, CRA,a HREC member or executive or a Research Governance or Integrity Officer  - working in Industry or the Academic sector, this course has something to offer you. 

How long does the training take to complete? 

This will depend on your choices. Each module takes between 3-4 hours to complete and each elective between 4-6 hours to complete.  You can choose to do one single module or elective or a combination of electives and modules.

There are numerous options and variations available to you. Our unique enrolment process can also help by designing the best course for you, depending on your background, experience and needs.  Design your own adventure or let us do it for you! 


Is there a full list of course options and module details available to review to help me select the best training pathway?

Yes. You can download an overview of the course options and a full list of the module and elective descriptions here. If you would like to find out more information or have questions, please contact us to speak to our staff who will be available to discuss the options that are most suitable to your needs. A full range of staff contact details can be found here.

Skills Sets

Our Skills Set model makes choosing the right option simpler. Each Skill Set is comprised of 8 modules and electives and is ideal for those that aren't sure what is the best pathway of study for them and don't necessarily want to undertake a full course. Download a brochure that describes the Skills Set model here.

How much does it cost?

We recognise that cost is a barrier to accessing ongoing training and professional development for many. We have ensured that the cost for our training is kept as affordable as possible to encourage the research workforce broadly to participate in upskilling through our services. In summary, the prices are as follows: 

  1. Course: $2200 (plus gst) 
  2. Competency Unit: $825 (plus gst)
  3. Module: $165 (plus gst)
  4. Elective: $250 (plus gst)

More information about prices can be found here.

I am ready to enrol - what next?

The enrolment process is very quick and simple and can be completed online. The link to our enrolment form is here. Once you have submitted an enrolment form our staff will contact you via email to assist you with the next steps.

You can amend your selections at any time by submitting a change request online. This ensures you have the freedom to revise your study pathway as your needs change.