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Graduate Certificate of Science Communication Available Fully Online


Taught by some of Australia’s leading science communicators, the Graduate Certificate in Science Communication will provide you with practical skills and sound theoretical understanding about how to communicate effectively and with influence in a range of disciplines and sectors, including policy and health. 

This is the fastest and most flexible path to obtaining a recognised postgraduate qualification at the #1 University in Australia.

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate of Science Communication with a GPA of 5.00/7.00 will be eligible to apply for admission to a Master of Science Communication at the Australian National University.

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

Depending on the courses you take, you can complete this Graduate Certificate fully online.

Program details

  • Develop appropriate qualitative and quantitative research tools and strategies to investigate, justify and interpret science communication theories, methods and conclusions.
  • Communicate science with diverse groups of people using different media.
  • Appraise and reflect upon the interaction of interests, contexts and people shaping science, including the social and ethical responsibilities of science and society in the modern world;
  • Exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.

Key facts

  • Available fully online

  • Courses may be credited towards a master's degree

  • 0.5 years full time

  • #1 in Australia for graduate employability (Times Higher Education)


Many graduates have found careers as communication officers for scientific organisations such as the CSIRO, government departments, universities, businesses, NGOs, or in the media. Some have set up science media businesses or consultancy firms. Others work in centres for informal science learning across the world, such as science centres and museums.

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.

Leading science communication centre

ANU was the first place in Australia to open a science communication centre. It prepares students to be leaders in science communication in Australia and internationally.

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Available fully online

You can choose to study the Graduate Certificate of Science Communication online.

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Pathway to a master's degree

Graduate with a GPA of 5.00/7.00 to be eligible for admission to the Master of Science Communication.

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Learning experience


Learn from the best

This program is delivered by the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, the first science communication centre in Australia and one of the most prestigious in the world.

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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.


Dr Graham Walker

Dr Graham Walker

Dr Graham Walker

Graham’s teaching, research and engagement works at the interface of science communication and informal STEM learning, emotion and motivation, international capacity building and co-development, and communication of social and environmental issues, particularly in settings like science centres, science shows and hands-on workshops.

How to apply

Understand the how to apply steps

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

Graduate certificate applications

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

Prepare entry requirements & support documents

When you apply to ANU, you must be prepared to provide specific documents that we need to assess your application.

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.

View the application dates on the ANU Admissions website.

Accept your offer

Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

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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