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Supervising Indigenous Higher Degree Research

During this course, you will learn about Indigenous research theories and methodologies which you can then apply within your own supervising practice. This will help you to ethically and effectively supervise higher degree research using Indigenous methodologies, and/or with an Indigenous focus.

About this microcredential

Supervising Indigenous Higher Degree Research will explore how to prepare and support higher degree by research students – Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous – undertaking Indigenous research. You will learn how to navigate ethics and protocols, identify key Indigenous and decolonising theories and methodologies, and employ principles of social justice specific to your supervisory practice. The course is designed for disciplinary researchers who are unfamiliar with Indigenous research methodologies or with undertaking research with Indigenous peoples and communities.

Key benefits of this microcredential

There are three key benefits in undertaking this course:

1.  Deep learning - expanding your research skills to include the emerging and important field of Indigenous research methodologies.

2.  Skills development - the confidence to supervise Indigenous research and Indigenous higher degree research students will be enhanced.

3.  Ethical practice - contributing to Indigenous research that is ethical, empowers Indigenous peoples and benefits Indigenous communities.

This microcredential aligns with the 3-credit point subject, Supervising Indigenous Higher Degree Research (010028), in the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning. This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

Who should do this microcredential?

This course is designed for academics who have little experience with Indigenous research and methodologies but who have an interest in supervising higher degree by research students - Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous, who are undertaking Indigenous research.


Full price: $1,235 (GST free)*

Special price: $1,111 (GST free)* This special price is available until 9 March 2021.

*Price subject to change. Please check price at the time of purchase.

UTS is committed to supporting its staff to deliver quality teaching and learning experiences. The University provides sponsored places for UTS staff admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, as well as staff who wish to undertake this microcredential and potentially use its successful completion for credit on subsequent admission to the degree.

To apply for a sponsored place for this microcredential, contact the UTS Open Customer Service Team at

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

  • UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses (excluding fully online courses) comply with the UTS response to COVID-19. 

Course Information

Course outline

This course is divided into three modules. Participants will be guided through a set of structured, self-paced activities supported with content, complemented by independent reading and participation in online discussions.

Module 1: Indigenous research theory and methodology

  • Explore the work of key international and Australian Indigenous research theorists
  • Examine colonising research
  • Explore decolonising research methodologies and research practices.

Module 2: Indigenous research ethics and protocols in practice

  • Learn how to apply Indigenous research methodology principles
  • Examine various ethical guidelines and consider examples of these in practice
  • Consider the requirements of completing an ethics application when undertaking Indigenous research.

Module 3: Supervisory practice expectations with Indigenous and non-Indigenous students

  • Discuss supervision practices such as thesis examination
  • Explore the student experience of higher degree research
  • Share examples of good practice in Indigenous research supervision.

The course includes an introductory module, designed to ensure that all participants engage with key concepts regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples and communities, prior to starting the course.

Course learning objectives

Teaching in this course will occur fully online and involve structured, self-paced activities, independent reading and participation in online discussions.


Assessment Task 1

  • Online quizzes and activities - Weight: 45%

Assessment Task 2

  • Indigenous research scenario response - Weight: 55%

In order to pass the microcredential, participants must complete all assessments and achieve at least 50% of the course’s total marks.  



  • To complete this online course, participants will need access to a computer or device with a reliable internet connection and web browser compatible with Canvas and Zoom.


Discounts are available for this course as follows:

  • 10% discount for UTS alumni and UTS staff
  • 10% discount for group enrolment of 5 or more from the same organisation
  • 5% discount for group enrolment of 3 or more from the same organisation.

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to apply your discount voucher (UTS alumni or staff member)

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni or staff discount, please ensure you have provided your relevant ID number* in your UTS Open Profile (under “A bit about you). 
  • Click on the Sign Up button for the course session required.
  • Click on “Go to cart” prompt that appears or the “View cart” option (hover over the blue shopping trolley at top right of screen).
  • Create a new user account OR log in with your email account (using Reset My Password function, if needed)
  • Enter the voucher code: ENTERCODE and click Apply
  • Verify the voucher code has been applied
  • Click on Checkout and complete all details required.

If you have forgotten your alumni ID number, or would like to sign upplease contact

How to obtain your discount voucher code for 3+ enrolments from the same organisation

  • Email with your organisation name and your group enrolment size (3+ or 5+). Note that group enrolments will not be validated until the minimum number of criteria enrolments have been received.


06 April




75 hrs


75 hrs

Meet the Experts

Professor Susan Page

Professor Susan Page
Associate Dean and Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges

Professor Susan Page is an Aboriginal academic, whose research focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ experience of learning and academic work in higher education and student learning in Indigenous Studies. She has held a number of competitive research grants including one investigating the success of Indigenous doctoral candidates.

Susan led the CAIK team which won the 2018 Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Education at the Australian Awards for University Teaching. She has supervised a number of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students undertaking Indigenous research for doctoral study and spent six years serving on a university human research ethics committee, including providing pre-application advice to researchers undertaking Indigenous research topics.

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Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews

Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews
Professor, Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges.

Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews of the D'harawal nation, is a researcher and lecturer whose outputs prioritise Aboriginal Australian standpoints and perspectives across a diversity of disciplines (most notably education and psychology). He has managed and led numerous research grants investigating a diversity of topics including mental health, mentoring, identity, traditional knowledges, education, racism and bullying.

Gawaian is currently leading an ARC Indigenous Discovery grant - "Shielding our Futures: Storytelling with Ancestral and Living Knowledges" - engaging with a synergy of Indigenous Yarning and D'harawal Storywork and also frequently works with critical Indigenous quantitative methodologies.

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Dr Katrina Thorpe

Dr Katrina Thorpe
Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Indigenous Research Fellowship, Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges.

Dr Katrina Thorpe of the Worimi nation is currently researching Indigenous pedagogy in teacher education programs internationally. This work aims to develop culturally responsive pedagogies that facilitate connections between students and Aboriginal people, communities and country. Katrina has taught Indigenous studies across a broad range of disciplines including education, social work and health.

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Book a session

Tue 06 Apr 2021 -
Mon 17 May 2021
Expert: Professor Susan Page, Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews, Dr Katrina Thorpe
  • This course will be facilitated online through Canvas.
  • Online

The course is designed to be completed independently and self-paced.

Optional Q&A drop-in sessions with the facilitator/s will be available throughout the course.

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