Graduate Certificate of Science

Graduate Certificate of Science


Explore the endless possibilities of astronomy and astrophysics, biology, culture, health & medicine, earth & marine science, environmental science, mathematics, medicial science, neuroscience, population health and science communication (just to name a few). Whichever subject areas you choose to focus on in your Graduate Certificate of Science, you will gain transferrable skills in critical thinking, analysis, investigation and evidenced-based decision-making.

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 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.

Program details

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

Key facts

  • #1 for Natural Sciences (QS 2022) in Australia

  • #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.

With a Graduate Certificate of Science, you could become a scientist working for industry or government or a technician working in a laboratory or in the field

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.

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.

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.


Australia's best university

Study a combination of online and on campus courses at the best Australian university (QS World University Rankings 2020).

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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

ANU Science's virtual tour

ANU Science's Virtual Tour

Navigate ANU science places, classrooms, laboratories and more through our interactive virtual tour.

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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.

How to apply

Understand the how to apply steps

Visit the short course to prepare for your application to ANU.

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