Graduate Certificate in Science Management


Program Code 11708
Graduate Level Postgraduate
  • Online
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This program is only available to current students who have already commenced the program.

The Graduate Certificate in Science Management is a unique program that provides professional training in science-related project management and administration. This program is ideally suited for anyone who needs to know how to develop and manage solutions for science-based projects. This program is fully on-line, and includes a compulsory topic in project management and planning, plus choices of topics that allow students to develop expertise and sharpen skills in areas of specific interest.

Students completing this program can apply for credit into the Master in Science Management, which provides professional training in how to use these management skills to respond to critical science issues.

Why study with us?

Designed around the contemporary needs of science, the Graduate Certificate in Science Management will introduce you to the key management issues affecting government, society and the broader economy today.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment with government agencies and science-based industries, or with individuals seeking employment in those areas. Graduates will have enhanced employment and career progression opportunities in government agencies (eg. CSIRO, Co-operative Research Centres and Environmental and Regulatory Agencies) where science-based processes and project management are required and in industries where there is an emphasis on science-based R&D, or on the application of science in production and consulting. Career progression opportunities to more senior management positions will be highest for the Honours graduates.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission are initially assessed on the basis of an undergraduate degree but, for those who fall outside this criterion, applications will be assessed on the basis of “admissions points” as described in the Additional Selection Criteria. The Master of Science Management requires 100 admission points. Those applications who score 60 points will be offered a place in the Graduate Certificate in Science Management. All applicants must satisfy the University’s English Language requires as set out in the University’s English Proficiency Policy:

Selection Criteria

Alternative entry will be assessed on the basis of the admission points scheme as described below.

  • An incomplete undergraduate degree or equivalent from an approved institution (with a Grade Point Average of 4.0 or greater):Up to 50 points depending on number of units successfully completed.

  • An AQF approved diploma or Associate Diploma or equivalent from an approved institution: Up to 50 points (50 points for a relevant area; 30 points for a non-relevant area).

  • Approved professional qualifications: Up to 50 points.

  • Relevant work experience:20 points per year (maximum 60 points).

  • Related area of research or management project completed with appropriate documentation: Up to 50 points.

  • Statement of professional aims and achievements and/or interview: Up to 20 points.

  • An overseas qualification from an approved institution equivalent to an undergraduate degree, Diploma, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma will be allocated the appropriate admission points as specified above.

Credit Transfer

Credit may be granted for coursework courses if they can be demonstrated to be directly equivalent in terms of content and depth of study to the corresponding courses in the Science Management program, and they were completed within the previous 5 years. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and IT in accordance with the Rules Governing Postgraduate Coursework Programs.

Professional Accreditation

Discussions are ongoing with the Australian Institute of Project Management.

International Students

International students can only study this program online and must comply with the University’s English Language proficiency requirements before an application is accepted. All students can also access additional learning support mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

Special Needs

The support structures of the Student Support Unit will be available to assist any students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty and School accepts responsibility, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, for providing reasonable accommodations to allow students with disabilities to complete the program. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

Requirements and Structure

The program requires the completion of 40 units of courses comprising:

- Core Courses - 10 units
- Directed Courses - 30 units

Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Science Management may progress to the Master of Science Management program.

The program can be completed over one trimester full-time or equivalent part-time. Courses are offered online on a trimester basis. Students may commence studies in January, May or August. Please refer to the term dates on the University website at:

Transition Arrangements

Students who commenced the program prior to 2012 and have:

  • successfully completed GSBS6020 will be able to count it as a directed course toward their program.

  • failed GSBS6020 or have not yet completed it, may enrol in GSBS6004.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
INFT6304 Project Planning and Management Trimester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 30 units from Directed courses.
BIOL6001 Science Policy and Commercialisation Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6157 History, Nature, and Practice of Science Not currently offered 10 units
GENG6006 Research and Development, Managing Intellectual Property Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
GSBS6004 Organisational Behaviour and Design
Not to count with GSBS6020
Trimester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2014 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
STAT6100 Total Quality Management Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
STAT6107 Statistics for the Sciences Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units