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.
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.
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.
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.
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.