Study a short course

Advance your professional skills and fast track your career with a flexible short course at The Australian National University.

Start small, think big


At ANU, a short course is a graduate certificate that normally comprises of four subjects (24 units) that can be completed in six months.

Delivered in a range of flexible modes, including full-time, part-time, on campus, online, evening or intensive, a short course is a great way to fit further study around your professional and personal life.

Find a short course


Search for a graduate certificate that matches your interests and plans for advancing your career.

* Information is based on Semester 2 and second half year 2021 intake, and is subject to change. Fees are indicative and based on subsidised or discounted short course fees, full fees may apply.

How to apply


You can apply to study a short course at ANU for the second half of 2021 through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).

* Exceptions - Application procedures and dates vary for some programs. Please review the application dates on the program page

Apply through UAC

Application tips


Following these steps will make applying for a short course easier.

1. Choose your graduate certificate program

Consider which ANU graduate certificate program is best for you by searching the programs and courses catalogue.

2. Check your eligibility

Check that you meet the admission requirements of your program, including academic requirements and prerequisites.

3. Explore flexibility

Explore modes of delivery, indicative assessments and workloads to make sure your chosen program will fit your lifestyle.

4. Consider tuition fees

Your tuition fees will depend on the courses within your graduate certificate program. Review ANU tuition fees and payments.

Fee subsidies


The Australian Government is subsidising a number of postgraduates programs at ANU through the Job-ready Graduates Package.

There are two ways to obtain a fee discount for your short course:

  • through a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
  • graduate Certificate fee discounts.

To be eligible for either of these discounts you must:

  • commence your short course in 2021
  • complete your full graduate certificate in 2021 or the first half of 2022.

If you do not complete the full degree, the remainder of the courses will be billed on a full-fee basis from Semester 2, 2022.

You can view the reduced fees for your chosen program on the programs and courses website.

Any questions? Contact the ANU Future Student Experience team

Looking for a shorter program?


If you are looking for a shorter program to progress your career, explore ANU micro-credentials.

Short in duration, micro-credentials can be stacked for credit towards applicable ANU graduate programs.

Learn more