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Graduate Certificate of Science

A single graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Science

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  • Minimum 24 Units
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  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Natural and Physical Sciences
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  • Minimum 24 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Natural and Physical Sciences
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

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

24 units from completion of 6000-level and 8000-level courses in any of the following subject areas:

ASTR Astronomy and Astrophysics

BIOL Biology

CHMD Culture, Health and Medicine

EMSC Earth and Marine Science

ENVS Environmental Science

MATH Mathematics

MEDN Medical Science

NEUR Neuroscience

PHYS Physics

POPH Population Health

POPM Population Mental Health Research

SCNC Science

SCOM Science Communication

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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.

 

Cognate Disciplines

Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biology, Biological Anthropology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Marine Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Law, Forestry, Geography, Mathematics, Medicine, Medical Science, Microscopy, Medical Science, Neuroscience, Physics, Population Health, Psychology, Science Communication, Statistics, Sustainability Studies.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$17,061.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

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: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

Scholarships

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 provides opportunities for students wishing to continue their studies in a science based discipline. The program can also provide an entry pathway to other postgraduate coursework programs, such as Master degrees. This program is suitable of students who have completed tertiary studies in a discipline relevant to science.


This program can also be used as an exit award for students who are unable, for a variety of reasons, to complete a Master degree but have completed 24 units of credit toward their postgraduate program.

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. Analyse, evaluate and transform information to complete a range of activities related to particular science disciplines;
  2. Analyse, generate and communicate solutions to complex problems in science;
  3. Communicate knowledge, skills and ideas to others; and
  4. Exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.

Other Requirements

Further Information

This program is only open to Domestic students.

General program information

  • Applicants should note that to undertake postgraduate study in many Science disciplines, background knowledge relevant to the discipline of interest is required. In most instances this is equivalent to 8 courses (an ANU Major) in the relevant discipline (cognate area). A general indication of required background knowledge for courses in the disciplines below is provided for ease of reference:
  • ASTR Astronomy and Astrophysics - a background in Physics and Maths is required, Astronomy is recommended.
  • BIOL Biology - a background in Biology is required, and at least 1 year of Chemistry at a tertiary level is recommended.
  • CHMD Culture, Health and Medicine - no prior knowlege is required.
  • EMSC Earth and Marine Science - a background in Earth Sciences is recommended, as this is an interdisciplinary field some knowledge of Physics, Maths and Chemistry is also recommended.
  • ENVS Environmental Science - a background in Environmental Science is strongly recommended. Please check individual courses for more details.
  • MATH Mathematics - a background in Mathematics is required.
  • MEDN Medical Science - a background in Biology and/or Medical Science studies is required plus, and at least 1 year of Chemistry at a tertiary level is recommended
  • NEUR Neuroscience - a background in Biology and/or Medical Science studies is required plus, and at least 1 year of Chemistry at a tertiary level is recommended
  • PHYS Physics - a background in Physics and Maths is required.
  • POPH Population Health - no prior knowlege is required.
  • SCOM Science Communication - no prior knowlege is required but some knowledge of Science and/or Science Communication is recommended.


  • 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 and the College of Health and Medicine visit https://science.anu.edu.au/study/masters or https://health.anu.edu.au/study/masters
  • Applicants are encouraged to check individual course information, including prerequisites and assumed knowledge. Admission to the program does not guarantee enrolment in a specific course. Enrolment in each course is subject to meeting individual course entry requirements. Course conveners reserve the right to request evidence that prerequisites and background knowledge has been met.
  • Please visit the ANU Programs & Courses catalogue to check class scheduling information and mode of delivery (online or in person).


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

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


For more information on this program, please contact science.enquiries@anu.edu.au. Additional information on this program and pathway to Masters can be found at the College of Science FAQs website at https://students.science.anu.edu.au/program-admin/faqs

Academic Advice

The Graduate Certificate of Science is generally used as a pathway to Masters program. The first step to enrolling in your new program is to seek academic advice in order to discuss the courses you will be studying. This is done by making an appointment to meet with the program of the Masters program towards which you are working.

Your academic advice session is a great opportunity to discuss with the convener the direction in which you want your studies to go. The convener will be able to advise you about course selection and content of courses that you will undertake as part of your program. Ideally you should bring along a copy of your academic record/academic transcripts as these will greatly assist your convener when giving you course advice.

To book an appointment you can:

Email: Science.Enquiries@anu.edu.au

Phone: 02 6125 2809

Please also bring along your Planning Your Program document that is available from the enrolment website and your Postgraduate coursework checklist for new students. These documents will help you plan your degree and assist you with finalising your enrolment. 

Further enrolment information can also be found here.

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here.

Please follow each step and read through the additional information in the pdf guides, especially the ISIS enrolment guide in Step 2 and the How to enrol guide for new students in Step 3.

If you have any issues enrolling yourself through ISIS please contact us on 02 6125 2809 or email science.enquiries@anu.edu.au 




Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Science Enquiries at science.enquiries@anu.edu.au

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