The ANU Department of Pacific (DPA)’s microcredentials are executive education short courses that allow participants to accumulate credits towards ANU postgraduate degrees. In collaboration with the ANU Development Policy Centre and the ANU Australia Pacific Security College, DPA’s microcredentials are designed to facilitate broader and deeper education on the Pacific region amongst policymakers, program designers, researchers and analysts working on and in the Pacific region.

DPA has drawn on its research portfolio and teaching staff to develop a suite of microcredentials, which offer:

  • Deep-dives into a specific subject area, informed by the latest research from DPA and ANU.
  • Intensive teaching format to suit professional workloads, across 1, 2 or 5 teaching days, scheduled outside of school holidays.
  • Accessibility and equity: participants with either a Bachelor degree or equivalent work-related experience (five years or more) will be eligible to enrol.
  • Job-relevant assessment methods: assessment methods are designed to foster critical awareness with an emphasis on building an evidence-base for policy work.
  • Transferability: participants will accumulate credits for an ANU postgraduate degree such as the Master and Graduate Certificate in Pacific Development as well as other ANU offerings such as the Masters in Political Science; Public Policy; Environmental Management and Development; Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development.

25 microcredentials available in 2021

Each microcredential provides 3 credits towards an ANU postgraduate qualification, with the exception of two 6 credit microcredentials (DPA24 and DPA25). As an example, the ANU Graduate Certificate in Pacific Development requires 24 units for completion, of which up to 12 credits can be obtained via microcredentials.

Click on the links in the table below to enrol in DPA’s microcredentials.


Link Date Course
DPA01 Jul 01 Understanding the Pacific: Foundational Concepts, Critical Perspectives
DPA02 Jul 02 Understanding the Pacific: New Actors, Contemporary Issues


Link Date Course
DPA05 June 21 - June 22 The China Alternative? Changing Geopolitics in the Pacific
DPA04 Nov 29 Nov 30 Australia’s Relationship With The Pacific Islands
DPA06 Nov 29 - Nov 30 Framing Pacific Security: Contest, Resilience and Risk
DPA07 Dec 02- Dec 03 Analysing Pacific Security: Methods and Techniques
DPA05 Dec 06- Dec 07 The China Alternative? Changing Geopolitics in the Pacific


Link Date Course
DPA08 Jul 19 - July 20 How Papua New Guinea Works
DPA10 Jul 22 - Jul 23 Bougainville In Transition
DPA24 Sept 13 - Sept 17 Political Economy of Elections in Melanesia
DPA08 Dec 02 - Dec 03 How Papua New Guinea Works
DPA21 Dec 06 - Dec 07 Political Economy of Service Delivery in Melanesia


Link Date Course
DPA12 Sept 06 - Sept 07 Understanding the PNG Economy
DPA11 Sept 06 - Sept 07 Pacific Island Economic Development
DPA15 Sept 15 - Sept 16 Pacific Labour Mobility
DPA14 Sept 13 - Sept 17 Empirical Development Policy for the Pacific
DPA12 Nov 29 - Nov 30 Understanding the PNG Economy
DPA15 Nov 29 - Nov 30 Pacific Labour Mobility
DPA11 Dec 02 - Dec 03 Pacific Island Economic Development
DPA14 Dec 06 - Dec 07 Empirical Development Policy for the Pacific


Link Date Course
DPA16 Nov 29 - Nov 30 Pacific Feminisms
DPA17 Dec 02 - Dec 03 Gender and Leadership in the Pacific
DPA19 Dec 06 - Dec 07 Information and Communication Technologies in the Pacific
DPA20 Dec 06 - Dec 07 Law and Justice in the Pacific


Link Date Course
DPA21 Nov 22 - Nov 23 Pacific Research Methodologies
DPA22 Nov 25 - Nov 26 Inclusive Research Methodologies
DPA25 Aug 5; Aug 6; Aug 12; Aug 13 Evidence-based program design and implementation in the Pacific
DPA23 Dec 02 - Dec 03 Pacific Negotiation Masterclass

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