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Graduate Certificate of Climate Policy

A single graduate award offered by the Crawford School of Public Policy

  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Academic plan CCPOL
  • Post Nominal GCCliPol
  • CRICOS code 103367A
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Environmental Studies
  • Academic contact
  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Academic plan CCPOL
  • Post Nominal GCCliPol
  • CRICOS code 103367A
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Environmental Studies
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate of Climate Policy requires completion of 24 units from the below listed courses:

A minimum of 12 units from the following listed courses:

EMDV8007 Communicating for Environment and Climate Policy

EMDV8080 International Climate Change Policy and Economics

EMDV8081 Domestic Climate Change Policy and Economics

ENVS6307 Climate Change: Science, Society, and Policy

ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation

A maximum of 12 units of the following courses:

EMDV8013 Development and Environment in the Anthropocene

EMDV8017 Toxic: Environmental Pollution and Waste

EMDV8079 Water Justice, Management and Governance

EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy

EMDV8102 Research Methods for Environmental Management and Development

EMDV8104 Environmental Governance

EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

ENVS6204 Fire, Flood and Drought

IDEC8089 Energy Economics

NSPO8033 Climate, the Environment and National Security

POGO8136 Participating in Public Policy: Citizen Engagement and Public Talk

POGO8212 Governing the Energy Transition

POGO8401 Foundations in Public Policy

POGO8402 The Political and Institutional Architecture of Public Policy

POGO8403 Cases in Contemporary Public Policy

POPH8318 Human Health, Environment and Climate Change

Admission Requirements

Applicants must present one of the following:

  • Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 4/7
  • Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7
  • Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7
  • 24 units of courses in a postgraduate program a GPA of 4/7
  • 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
  • A minimum 5 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program

The GPA for a Bachelor program will be calculated from (i) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades and/or (ii) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades other than those from the last semester (or equivalent study period) of the Bachelor degree. The higher of the two calculations will be used as the basis for admission.

Ranking and English Language Proficiency: 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. 

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. Applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:

  • a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or
  • demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further informationEnglish language admission requirements and post-admission support

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:

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.

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:

Cognate Disciplines

Applied Economics; Climate; Development Studies; Economic Policy; Energy Change; Environmental Studies; Policy Studies; Resource and Environmental Management; Science Communication; Renewable Energy; Sustainability; Sustainable Development

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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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.

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.

This program offers you the opportunity to develop a cutting-edge understanding of climate policy, informed by research-led teaching delivered by some of the world’s leading researchers in climate policy. It explores fundamental concepts, contemporary issues, and leading practices for working in and researching climate policy. Core components include study of domestic and international climate policy with a focus on emissions reduction and energy, and the effective communication of climate policy. Electives are available in intersecting and adjacent policy areas including water, food, pollution, and disaster risk reduction. The program is nested within the Master of Climate Change, making the Graduate Certificate of Climate Policy an ideal launchpad for further postgraduate specialisation in climate change.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of current issues in climate policy
  2. Respond to challenges relating to management, implementation and evaluation of climate policy issues
  3. Reflect critically on climate policy issues and practical challenges in diverse contexts
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with research principles relevant to the field of climate policy
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