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Graduate Certificate of Demography

A single graduate award offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Academic plan CDEMO
  • Post Nominal GCert Demog
  • CRICOS code 108301A
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society
  • Academic contact
  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Academic plan CDEMO
  • Post Nominal GCert Demog
  • CRICOS code 108301A
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate of Demography requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

12 units from the following courses:

DEMO8008 Principles of Population Analysis (6 units)

DEMO8024 Population and Society: Theory and Empirical Perspectives (6 units)

12 units from the following list:

DEMO8047 International Migration (6 units)

DEMO8048 Sex, Gender, and Population (6 units)

DEMO8063 Spatial Population Data Analysis (6 units)

DEMO8090 Population Issues in Asia and their Implications for World Development (6 units)

DEMO8091 Population Projections and Dynamics (6 units)

DEMO8092 Life Course Analytics (6 units)

SOCR8001 Statistics for Social Scientists (6 units)

SOCR8002 Survey Data Analysis (6 units)

SOCR8201 Introduction to Social Science Methods and Types of Data (6 units)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must present one of the following:

  • Bachelor or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7
  • Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7
  • Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7
  • Masters or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7
  • 24 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7
  • PhD

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 information: English 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:

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.

The Graduate Certificate of Demography is the only postgraduate certificate of its kind offered in Australia.

The certificate provides students with an opportunity to study population issues in a research-led environment, with a focus on applying learning to real-world scenarios. The certificate will equip students with cutting-edge skills in demographic techniques, research and writing. Graduates will emerge with skills to undertake demographic analysis and apply these to societal issues like population ageing, migration, and population growth.

The Certificate may be completed on campus, with many courses also being available online. Student visa holders (subclass 500) can not study more than one-third of this program online. Two features of the program are the scenario-based learning approach and access to leading researchers. All courses will have these two key features as central components of the student experience.

Completion of coursework for this graduate certificate may be applied towards completion of the Master of Social Research and Master of Public Policy degrees currently offered by ANU.

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.

Employment Opportunities

The Graduate Certificate of Demography provides a postgraduate certification showing skills and knowledge for employment in jobs related to demography or allied disciplines. Job opportunities may include federal, state, and local governments, non-profits, and in the private sector.

Learning Outcomes

  1. evaluate and apply demographic theory;
  2. review and critique demographic literature;
  3. formulate demographic research questions;
  4. locate demographic data and evaluate their quality and utility;
  5. implement appropriate methods for demographic analysis and interpret the results; and
  6. use demographic research to inform policy.
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