Graduate Certificate of Disaster Risk Science and Sustainability


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 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.

Program details

  • 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.

Key facts

  • #1 in Australia and #12 in the world for Earth & Marine Sciences (QS 2024)
  • #1 in Australia for graduate employability (Times Higher Education)
  • Courses may be credited towards a master's degree
  • 0.5 years full time
  • Combination of online and in-person courses*


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 2022. 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.

World class facilities

Our new $240-million science precinct on the ANU campus has state-of-the-art biological and chemical research laboratories, as well as a teaching hub.

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Top university for graduate employability

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2022. 

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Pathway to a master's degree

Graduate with a GPA of 5.00/7.00 or above and you may be eligible to apply for admission to a Master degree offered by the College of Science.

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Learning experience


The reef is built in a day (but then dissolves at night)

Kate Holland takes us on a field trip to the Great Barrier Reef to learn how coral reefs are built and destroyed.

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Fees & scholarships


Please visit the Programs and Courses website for information about fees.

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Whether you are looking for financial support to start your studies at ANU or help to move away from home for the first time, we have scholarship opportunities for you and your situation.

Key people

Phil Nov

Professor Phil Cummins

Phil Nov

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.

How to apply

Understand the how to apply steps

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Understand the entry requirements

  1. Check international admission dates on the ANU Study website.
  2. Check admission requirements and deadlines for this degree on the Handbook website. Read the requirements carefully to make sure you understand them.
  3. You must also meet the University's English language admission requirements.
Graduate certificate applications

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Submit your application

Start your application on the ANU Admissions website.

Receive an offer

You can apply at any time throughout the year. Most applications submitted before the 15th day of each month will be considered for an offer on the 1st day of the following month.

You can change your degree preference between the 9th and 15th day of each month. You will have two months to accept your offer from ANU.

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You are required to complete the Mode of Attendance form and submit it along with your Acceptance & Payment Advice form by the acceptance deadline.


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