single degree

Graduate Certificate of Pacific Development

A single graduate award offered by the Department of Pacific Affairs

  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society
  • Academic contact
  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate of Pacific Development requires completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

6 units from the completion of the following compulsory course

PASI8005 Politics of Aid and Development in the Pacific

A minimum of 6 units from the following courses on development theory and practice:

ANTH8009 Development in Practice

ANTH8028 Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods

ANTH8038 Gender and Development: Critical issues in policy and practice

CHMD8006 Global Health and Development

DIPL8010 Harnessing Diplomacy for International Development

ENVS6108 Sustainable Development

EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy

POGO8004 Poverty Reduction

POGO8044 Global Social Policy

POGO8072 Development Theories and Themes

POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-corruption

A minimum of 6 units from the following courses on development and contemporary challenges in the Pacific:

Pacific Development

ANTH8047 Land Rights and Resource Development

ANTH8106 Gender, Violence & Development

ASIA8048 Disasters and Epidemics in Asia and the Pacific

INTR8043 Post-Colonial Pacific and Global Change

LAWS8006 Law and Development in the Contemporary South Pacific

DIPL8013 Pacific Diplomacy

PASI8004 Pacific Health Development Post-Covid

Applied master classes on contemporary challenges in the Pacific (3 units each)

PASI8301 How Papua New Guinea Works

PASI8302 Bougainville in Transition

PASI8303 Understanding the Pacific 1: Foundational Concepts, Critical Perspectives

PASI8034 Understanding the Pacific 2: New Actors, Contemporary Issues

PASI8305 Pacific Feminisms

PASI8306 The China Alternative? Changing Geopolitics in the South Pacific

PASI8307 The Political Economy of Service Delivery in Melanesia

A maximum of 6 units of Tok Pisin language courses from the following specialization

Tok Pisin Language and Culture

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 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 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.

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 4/7.

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

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.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission 

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.


Indicative Program Fees

A discount is available for domestic students for this program

Discounted Indicative fees $7252

Domestic tuition fees (DTF) - indicative fees $16440

For more information see Fees and Payment page

Credit Granted

Applicants who have completed a degree in a cognate discipline from a recognised university may be eligible to receive coursework credit towards this degree, in line with the ANU Coursework Award Rules.

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:

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.

For further information on Fees and Payment please 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.

The Pacific region faces a number of challenging development and policy issues whilst also being at the heart of many global debates such as climate change and security. This graduate certificate provides a condensed pathway to deeper research-led learning on the Pacific region for policymakers, program designers, researchers and analysts working on and in the Pacific region. This flexible program offers the foundations to understand the complexities of development in the Pacific, while covering the depth and breadth of the current development, societal and political issues affecting the Pacific region. Students can choose from courses with traditional and intensive delivery methods, featuring assessment methods which foster critical awareness through an emphasis on building an evidence-base for policy work.

NOTE: A discount is available for domestic students for this program. 
Graduate Certificate Fee Discount – Domestic applicants offered a place in this Graduate Certificate commencing their studies in 2021 will be eligible for reduced course fees as indicated on the Admissions and Fees tab. This fee will apply to courses completed in this Graduate Certificate within 2021 and the first half of 2022 allowing you to study part time. If you do not complete by mid-2022 the remainder of your subjects will be billed on a full-fee basis from second semester 2022 (including winter/spring sessions).

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

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

This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2021

Employment Opportunities

This degree is suitable for professionals and practitioners seeking to advance their knowledge and engagement with the Pacific region. Relevant fields include the public service, the government sector (national and international), embassies and the diplomatic corps, the development sector and other non-profit-organisations.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of theory and concepts of development, together with an appreciation of how they inform and shape debate, and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses

  2. Identify and describe Pacific development problems and the key issues that comprise them;

  3. Reflect critically on how Australia might effectively engage with and contribute to Pacific development;

  4. Demonstrate familiarity with research principles relevant to Pacific development

Further Information

Upon successful completion of 24 units of this program, you will be eligible to receive 24 units of credit towards the Master of Pacific Development offered by the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs in the College of Asia and the Pacific.

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