ANU Short Courses

Advance your professional skills and fast track your postgraduate qualification with a flexible short course from Australia’s national university.


Remote working has rapidly accelerated digital transformation and changed the nature of work across many sectors. What does the future of work look like and how can you prepare?

A short course offers you the fastest and most flexible path to obtaining a recognised postgraduate qualification in your chosen field.

Covering topics ranging from data analytics and disaster risk science to management and public policy, a postgraduate short course will help you advance your career in your current field or retrain to change career direction.

Short courses are delivered in a range of modes including full-time, part-time, on campus, online, evening or intensive, so that you can fit your studies around your professional and personal commitments.

Whichever option you choose, you will learn from leading academic and industry experts who will help you attain your personal and professional goals.

A number of Graduate Certificates are offered as subsidised Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) short courses as part of the Job Ready Graduates Package. Browse our short courses to find out more.


Quick facts

  • 6 months full-time or part-time equivalent
  • Online, in person or blended courses
  • Full- or part-time courses
  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) available
  • Most courses start 26 July 2021
  • Applications close 30 June 2021
  • Applications now open

Browse ANU Short Courses

Arts, Society and Culture

Business and Commerce

Engineering and Computer Science

Graduate Certificate of Applied Data Analytics (Commonwealth Supported Places)
Graduate Certificate of Data Engineering (Commonwealth Supported Places)

Government, Policy, Asia Pacific and International Relations

Health and Medical Studies

Graduate Certificate of Public Health (Commonwealth Supported Places)

Law and Legal Studies

Natural, Physical and Environmental Studies

Graduate Certificate of Environment (Commonwealth Supported Places)
Graduate Certificate of Science (Commonwealth Supported Places)
Graduate Certificate of Science Communication (Commonwealth Supported Places)

Why study a short course at ANU?

  • Backed by reputation – Study a short course at Australia’s top-ranked university (QS World Rankings 2020).
  • Fast track your postgraduate studies - Graduate with a recognised postgraduate qualification in as little as six months. Short courses can also be used as a pathway to a Master’s degree.
  • Study in a way that suits you – Courses are available in a range of modes to meet the needs of working professionals.
  • Enhance your employability – Develop job-ready skills in the most in-demand fields.
  • Join a postgraduate-focused community - 50% of ANU students are postgraduate, allowing frequent opportunities for you to connect and collaborate with an expansive network of peers.
  • Experience quality without compromise - ANU has received the maximum five-star rating for student-teacher ratio, staff qualifications, student demand and teaching quality in the Good Universities Guide.

Student testimonials

“I was working as an architect. I was becoming increasingly concerned about the impacts of development on biodiversity; environmental impacts always seemed like they were someone else's problem. I felt I could make a bigger contribution to solving environmental and development challenges from outside of architecture. Changing careers has been the best thing I could have done.”

Victoria Clark
ANU postgraduate student - Environment

“In the past, regional lawyers like myself would have had to uproot themselves and transfer to larger centres to pursue higher education; however, the online courses offered by ANU have increased access to education for those of us who are either unable or unwilling to move to the city. I am really enjoying the opportunity to further my studies at a university as prestigious as ANU.”

Thomas Carr
ANU postgraduate student - Law

Other postgraduate degrees

We offer over 140 postgraduate degrees across a diverse range of fields. Whether you want to explore your interests, advance your career or retrain for an in-demand industry, we can help you to find the right program to align with your personal and professional goals.