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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
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Environmental Studies
  • Academic contact
  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • 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:

A minimum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ASIA8048 Disasters and Epidemics in Asia and the Pacific

EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

EMSC8706 Introduction to Natural Hazards

A maximum of 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

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.

  • Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7; or
  • Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or
  • Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or
  • 24 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7; or
  • Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 for Verbal Reasoning, 155 for Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 in Analytical Writing and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
  • A minimum 5 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

This program is available for admission for domestic students only. It can be used as an exit pathway by domestic and international students.

Program Indicative Fees

This program is only open to domestic students.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are available for this program.

Indicative CSP fees $4,795

Students unsuccessful in securing a CSP can study as a DTF student. 

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF) $16,934

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for this program are limited, competitive and awarded on academic merit. There is no application process for a CSP. All students commencing in Semester 2 2021 (including Winter and Spring sessions) will be ranked according to the GPA of the qualification used as the basis of admission.

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Students unsuccessful in securing a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) can undertake the program as domestic tuition full fee (DTF) paying students.

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Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

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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.

NOTE: Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are available for this program.
Domestic applicants offered a place to study in this Graduate Certificate commencing their studies in 2021 will be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) under the Job Ready Graduate scheme. Costs are indicated on the Admissions and Fees Tab.

Career Options

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We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

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.

Further Information

In 2021, this program is only open to Domestic students.

General program information

  • This program is a standalone qualification but can also be used as pathway to further postgraduate study. For detailed information on potential destination Masters programs offered by the Australian National University please check the Programs and Courses catalogue or, for quick links to programs offered by the College of Science visit
  • Please visit the ANU Programs & Courses catalogue to check class scheduling information and mode of delivery (online or in person).
  • Applicants should note that courses listed in the program requirements include Summer and Winter Session courses. When applying for admission, please ensure the correct admit term is selected.

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate of Disaster Risk Science and Sustainability with a GPA of 5.00/7.00 or above may be eligible to apply for admission to a Master degree offered by the Australian National University.

Courses successfully completed in the Graduate Certificate of Disaster Risk Science and Sustainability may be credited towards a Master degree, where eligible.

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