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Graduate Certificate of Disaster Risk Science and Sustainability

A single graduate award offered by the ANU College of Science

  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Environmental Studies
  • Academic contact
  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Environmental Studies
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate of Disaster Risk Science and Sustainability required the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

EMSC8706 Introduction to Natural Hazards

12 units from completion of courses from the following disaster risk electives:

COMP8410 Data Mining

EMSC8014 Special Topics in Earth Science

EMSC8019 Advanced Earth Physics

ENGN6410 Engineering Sustainable Systems

ENGN6520 Special Topics in Engineering I

ENVS6308 Fire in the Environment

ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation

ENVS8048 Topics in Environment and Society

MATH6102 Environmental Modelling and Integrated Assessment

MATH6103 Scientific and Industrial Modelling

STAT8057 Risk Modelling 1

Admission Requirements


Admission requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.


Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0/7.0


OR at least 5 years’ work experience in disaster risk management (please provide evidence which must include a statement of service)


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.


Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0/7.0.

If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of applicants demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission 


Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.


Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.


Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:


ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:


Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.


Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

This Graduate Certificate addresses the global need for more effective practical implementation of disaster risk policy measures in regional countries impacted regularly by natural disasters. Students in this program will develop knowledge of how to approach and integrate disaster preparedness, mitigation and recovery programs to reduce societal and human losses, and enhance community resilience. Through interaction with predictive science for geo and hydrological hazards, students will be able to contribute effectively to country and governance specific disaster policy development which address priority hazards. This requires an understanding of the complex integrated policies and practices in this field, and the correlated impacts of climate change, development and socio-political frameworks on disaster governance. The theoretical, conceptual and practical courses in this Graduate Certificate will include site visits to key government, civil society and industry organisations. The program takes into account the significant impacts disasters have in the Asia-Pacific, Australian, Caribbean, and African regions. It addresses international policy on disasters, including the Yokohama (1994), Hyogo (1995) and Sendai (2015) frameworks which advocate the development of an integrated science/inclusive governance approach.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate and apply high level knowledge in disaster risk science and sustainability;

  2. apply their knowledge to the development of innovative approaches to disaster risk science policy and governance appropriate to their global contexts.

  3. interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to the discipline;

  4. demonstrate theoretical and/or practical skills relevant to techniques and research methodology in disaster risk science and sustainability

  5. critically and independently analyse data and engage in modelling of future risk scenarios which can be applied to support to decision makers working in the public and private spheres

  6. demonstrate a critical understanding of and capacity to participate in debates on disaster risk science which address future risk.

  7. clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats of relevance to interpreting disaster resilience, risk mitigation, and recovery arising from natural hazards around the globe.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program.

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