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Supervising Indigenous Higher Degree Research



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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.


This course has been exceptional. The flow, the materials and all the presentation aspects are second to none. I will have to rethink everything I do in my teaching practices - both to reflect what I am learning here by intent (course materials) but also that which is unintentional (the delivery format).

Dr Natalie Morrison, Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine Translational Health Research Institute | Clinical and Health Psychology Research Initiative Western Sydney University

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 microcredential 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 resulting from undertaking this course:

  • Deep learning - expanding your research skills to include the emerging and important field of Indigenous research methodologies.
  • Skills development - the confidence to supervise Indigenous research and Indigenous higher degree research students will be enhanced.
  • 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: $1,325 (GST free)*

Special price $1,193 (GST free)* Special price offer ends 31 July 2023

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

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

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional 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.

Course delivery

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

Course learning objectives

As a result of completing this course, participants should be in a position to:

  • Value and centre Indigenous and decolonising theoretical and methodological frameworks to resist ongoing colonising research practices
  • Navigate Indigenous human research ethics processes using protocols to that respect and empowerment of Indigenous peoples and communities
  • Apply Indigenous social justice/self-determination/sovereignty principles to supervisory practice with Indigenous and non-Indigenous students undertaking Indigenous HDR studies.


Assessment task 1

  • Online activities (weight: 45%)

Assessment task 2

  • Indigenous research scenario response (weight: 55%).

Completion requirements

  • 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.
  • The course includes an introductory pre-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.


Discounts are available for this course as follows: 

  • 5% discount for group enrolments of 3 or 4 from the same organisation
  • 10% discount for group enrolments of 5 or more from the same organisation
  • 15% discount for group enrolments of 10 or more from the same organisation
  • 10% discount UTS alumni, staff and students

See below for how to obtain your voucher code

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 enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount (UTS staff)

How to apply your discount voucher  

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni or student discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number during checkout. If you are an alumni and have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
  • Add this course to your cart 
  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the "Have a voucher code?" prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your voucher code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button.

UTS staff sponsorship

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 specifying if you are a student admitted to the GradCertHEd or a staff member who wishes to undertake the microcredential and potentially use its successful completion for credit on admission to the GradCertHEd. Please note that sponsored places are limited.

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