Graduate Certificate of Science CommunicationAvailable Fully Online

Study Science Communication at ANU

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

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.

Webinar: Graduate Certificate of Science Communication

Curious what “Science Communication” is about? Learn what practical skills and sound theoretical understanding you will gain from this Graduate Certificate and discover the pathway to Master’s study.

Date & time:6–7pm 17 Jun 2021
Speakers:Dr Merryn McKinnon

What you'll learn

  • 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.

What it's like to study Science Communication

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.

 Virtual tour

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

Meet some of your teachers

Professor Joan Leach

Professor Joan Leach is the Director of the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science at the ANU. Her research and teaching centres on theories of the public in science communication, language and rhetoric in science (both in public and in technical contexts), and the challenge of ethics in science communication. She's most interested in sociological accounts of knowledge production and she edited the journal Social Epistemology for 9 years. 

Science Communication careers

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.

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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How to apply

Available intakes and application deadlines

Winter session (1 July 2021 start)
Semester 2 (26 July 2021 start)
  • Application deadline: 30 June 2021
  • Application method: online on the UAC website
  • Notes: the Graduate Certificate of Science Communication can be undertaken full-time in the second half of 2021.
Spring session (1 October 2021 start)
  • Application deadline: 10 August 2021
  • Application method: online on the UAC website
  • Notes: the Graduate Certificate of Science Communication can be undertaken part-time in Spring Session and the remaining courses completed in 2022.

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 Science Communications 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.

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.

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

There are three assessment rounds in each semester. Applying in the first round will give you three opportunities to be assessed and accepted, giving you the best chance of being offered a place at ANU.

Accept your offer

Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

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