Graduate Certificate in Science

PLEASE NOTE: This program is currently under review and is not accepting new admissions in 2022.

Help science change the world

Increasingly, the world is relying on scientists to tackle its biggest challenges. Our Graduate Certificate in Science—from a leading Australian university ranked among the world’s top 100 in Earth Sciences*, Agricultural Sciences*, Life Sciences^ and Development Studies^—will prepare you to play a higher-level scientific role in one of four specialist areas (see below).


What will you do?

Completed over six months full-time, the degree includes an engaging, student-centred blend of face-to-face and online coursework. You’ll complete core studies to boost either your research or science communication skills, and elective courses in either:

  • Earth Science
  • Grape and Wine Science
  • Plant Breeding Innovation
  • or International Agricultural Development.

You’ll also have the option to gain valuable real-world experience through an internship or undertake an overseas study tour at an esteemed international university.


Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate well equipped to move forward in your chosen specialist field anywhere in the world. You may even choose to go on to further study in that specialisation, with advanced standing provided in the Graduate Diploma in Science or Master of Science.


*Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject, 2021. ^QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021. International travel restrictions permitting.

  • Ranked 104 in world and No. 1 in South Australia for Science*
  • Five star rating for student support in science**
  • Learn from research-active experts

*QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021
**Good Universities Guide, 2021

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC095, 3GC096, 3GC097, 3GC098, 3GC099
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor degree or equivalent
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GC095, 3GC096, 3GC097, 3GC098, 3GC099

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $18,500

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.


These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Potential careers

Agricultural Consultant, Agricultural Scientist, Agriculture, Agricultural Service Industry, Plant Breeding, Plant Scientist, Scientific Officer, Scientist

Degree Structure

Example Study Plan

Indicative study plan
Core Course
  • Approved Specialisation Electives* (6 units) 
  • Approved Specialisation Elective* (3 units) OR
    Electives to the value of 3 units, which may include Internship or Study Tour courses.

Earth Science

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*Approved specialisation electives
^Suggested approved electives
Grape and Wine Science

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*Approved specialisation electives
^Suggested approved electives
International Agricultural Development

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*Approved specialisation electives
  • AGRIBUS 7055 Global Food and Agricultural Markets
  • AGRIC 7100WT Farming Systems in Developing Countries
  • GEOG 7002 Environmental Planning and Governance
  • AGRIC 7110WT Managing Agricultural Development in Farming Systems
  • AGRIC 7115WT Research Concepts in International Agricultural Development (3 units) 
^Suggested approved electives
Plant Breeding Innovation

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*Approved specialisation electives
^Suggested approved electives

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Last updated: Thursday, 30 Jun 2022