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Graduate Certificate of Disaster Risk Science and Sustainability

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for the Graduate Certificate of Disaster Risk Science and Sustainability as part of the Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates Package.

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.

This program is only open to Domestic students. 

*This Graduate Certificate can be completed with a combination of online and in-person courses. Some of the in-person courses have been adapted for remote delivery.

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate and apply high level knowledge in disaster risk science and sustainability;
  • apply their knowledge to the development of innovative approaches to disaster risk science policy and governance appropriate to their global contexts.
  • interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to the discipline;
  • demonstrate theoretical and/or practical skills relevant to techniques and research methodology in disaster risk science and sustainability
  • 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
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of and capacity to participate in debates on disaster risk science which address future risk.
  • 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.

Learning experience

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Phil Cummins received his PhD in Geophysics from U. California Berkeley in 1988. He spent several years as a postdoctoral and research fellow at the ANU’s Research School of Earth Sciences researching deep earth structure.

Career outcomes

Our graduates are ranked number one in Australia for graduate employability.

The Graduate Certificate of Disaster Risk Science and Sustainability can be a pathway to more advanced study.

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.

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020. As a student at ANU, you gain access to the ANU CareerHub – an online career development and employability tool that includes a jobs board and careers resources. You also have access to drop-in chats with a career consultant and to attend our career fairs to meet potential employers.

Fees & Scholarships

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Graduate Certificate Enquiries

For more information on our Graduate Certificates, please contact us by using the form below or via email to science.enquiries@anu.edu.au

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Join us to learn how we help our students build knowledge in integrating disaster preparedness, mitigation, and recovery programs to reduce societal and human losses, and enhance community resilience.

How to apply

Entry 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.

Find detailed information on admission requirements for the Graduate Certificate of Disaster Risk Science and Sustainability on the handbook website.

Gather supporting documents

If you graduated from an Australian university, UAC will be able to access your results in most cases. However, you may be asked to provide transcripts or other documentation, so it is a good idea to prepare your records just in case.

You can still apply before you complete your bachelor degree if you are in your final year, and you must advise UAC in your application. You may need to provide a copy of your academic transcript directly to UAC as soon as you complete your degree. UAC will provide instructions during the application process.

Submit an application

Start your application on the Universities Admissions Centre website.

Receive an offer

All offers are made through UAC and are released on a rolling basis. You can access your offers and correspondence by logging into your UAC account.

Accept your offer

Once you receive an offer it is very important that you accept it to ensure your place at ANU is reserved.


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