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Graduate Certificate of Climate Adaptation (GCCA) - GCClim

This program is only offered to continuing students. No new admissions will be accepted after Semester 2, 2015 . Students who are interested in this area should consider the Graduate Certificate of Science .

 External
Semester intake:No new admissions
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration: 1 year part-time 

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Program objectives

On completion of the award, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of global climatic and environmental changes

  • describe the functioning of the global climate system

  • apply the principles of climate adaptation across a range of professions

  • apply advanced critical skills to assess the risks of climatic changes and climate variability

  • evaluate opportunities that may arise from climate change and variability

  • express and communicate scientific knowledge and concepts across a range of professions

  • display an enhanced breadth and/or depth of their knowledge of the impact of climate change and variability upon natural and human systems

  • contribute within their profession to sustainable natural resource management and sustained economic growth.


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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • have a three-year degree from an Australian or other recognized university or equivalent.


All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The program requires the completion of four of the listed courses. All courses are available in external mode. There are three mandatory core courses for all students to complete within the Graduate Certificate of Climate Adaptation. A fourth course can be selected from (b) or (c) with a natural resource management sustainability focus.

(a) Mandatory Core Courses 
CLI3302 Adaptation to Climate Change 
CLI8204 Global Environmental Systems 
CLI8205 Climate and Sustainability 
(b) Climate Change and Adaptation Courses 
CLI1110 Weather and Climate 
CLI2201 Climate Change and Variability 
CLI3301 Climate and Environment Risk Assessment 
(c) Natural Resource Management and Sustainability Courses 
REN3301 Biodiversity and Conservation 
REN3302 Sustainable Resource Use 

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Required time limits

Students have a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 4 years to complete this program.

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IT requirements

Students should visit the USQ minimum computing standards to check that their computers are capable of running the appropriate software and versions of Internet web browsers and to check the minimum and recommended standards for software.

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Other program requirements

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Climate Adaptation a candidate must complete a total of four units of study as prescribed above within four years of admission to the program. At least three units of study must be completed at USQ.

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Credit

Exemptions/credit will be assessed based on the USQ procedure.

Recommended enrolment pattern

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

There is no set enrolment pattern for this program.