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Fundamentals of Research Management and Administration


15 Jul, 2024

Course overview

This course will equip learners with a range of knowledge and experiences that will promote the value of the research management profession. Learn to work in this exciting profession where you have an opportunity to shape the future.

This course is presented by SARIMA subject matter experts who will be available to interact with you through the DigitalCampus platform whilst you are doing the course. If you have questions about the SARIMA course subject matter experts please contact us,

Course curriculum

  • Module 1: Importance of Research in Africa
  • Module 2: An Overview of Research Management
  • Module 3: Working With (academic) Researchers
  • Module 4: Providing Leadership in a Research Environment
  • Module 5: Importance of Communication


Did you know that you can earn training points towards professional recognition when completing the Wits certified online short courses? The six online, digitised short courses will help you build your skills and enhance your credibility as a research management professional and the training points earned can be used when applying for or renewing a professional research management/administration designation. Professional recognition constitutes an award of professional status, which acknowledges the expertise and accomplishment of the research manager/administrator through the review of a portfolio of evidence by peers on the autonomous International Professional Recognition Council (IPRC). The IPRC is composed of experienced research managers from around the globe.

When applying for any one of the three designations applicants are required to capture the training points for completed training as part of the portfolio of evidence. There are designations for new entrants to the profession (Research Administrator Professional – RAP), for mid to advanced career research managers (Research Management Professional – RMP) and for senior research managers in a research management leadership or strategic role (Senior Research Management Professional – SRMP).

Designations are renewable after five years. Professional recognition would confirm to employers, colleagues, and others in the research management environment that the individual has committed to develop as a research management professional and has demonstrated core and transferable competencies and that s/he has contributed to significant achievements and contributions in research management/administration. Highly skilled individuals who have a clear understanding of the research world and with well-developed research management and administrative skills are invaluable to research institutions in the increasingly complex research and funding environment.

Course outcomes

  • Prepare practitioners, or would be practitioners, to be more effective research managers
  • Equip practitioners, or would be practitioners, with a range of knowledge and experiences that will promote the value of the research management profession


Course summary

Format: Wits certified online short course
Certification: Wits University certificate of competence
Length: 7 weeks
Breakdown: 5 weeks consecutive online learning, one exam in week 7
Hours per week: 3 to 4
Language: English

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