Graduate Certificate in Suicidology

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





1 year part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$9,500.00* per year (more)
* 2022 indicative annual fee

Admission requirements

  • Any Bachelor degree in any discipline
  • Health or social sciences-related Certificate IV VET/TAFE qualification plus two year's relevant work experience


Commencing in

Trimester 1

Next start date

Trimester 1, 2023 (more)

Applications close

Monday, 13 February 2023

About this program

Suicide prevention in theory and practice.

Explore the practical, policy and research issues in the field of suicide prevention in this graduate certificate. You'll gain a basic understanding of the key themes that emerge in suicide research and contemporary suicide prevention practices.

The foundations of suicide and its prevention are explored through examination of historical, cultural, epidemiological, and practical theory and practice elements, providing a 360-degree perspective of the phenomena and its complexities. The role of lived experience is also emphasised given the critical role of the 'voice' of those who have been impacted by suicide loss or suicidality for informing suicide and its prevention.

Industry and expert connections

As a student of this program, you'll learn alongside student peers who share your interest in suicide prevention. Many will be working in the health sector already, allowing you to build a wider network of professional connections as you learn. You will have ample opportunity to connect with people in online seminars. Throughout, you will be guided through the course materials by leading experts in suicidology.

Graduate outcomes

The flexibility within this degree equips you for careers in the multi-disciplinary fields of health, social sciences, education, welfare, correctional services, emergency services and volunteer-peer based suicide prevention workforce. You will also benefit from specialist capabilities, enabling employment in suicide prevention and/ or mental health workforce including policy, academia, education, and non-clinical/clinical practice-based settings.


Study anytime, anywhere - This degree is available online through our Digital campus, giving you more room to fit university with your work and social life.

Pursue further study

The courses in this graduate certificate may be credited towards a related graduate diploma or masters degree. Griffith's innovative Credit Precedent Database allows you to find out what credit decisions have been made in the past, which will give you an idea of what you can expect.

Related programs

Code Program title Campus Intake
3382 Graduate Certificate in Suicidology (this program) Online Trimester 1 only
5666 Master of Suicidology Online Trimester 1 only

Note: Progression is dependent upon satisfying admission requirements.

Attendance information

This program is offered part-time online.

The Graduate Certificate in Suicidology is offered fully online. You can access course materials, participate in discussion forums, lodge assessment items and access support services via Learning@Griffith. There is no requirement for on-campus attendance. Access to a reliable computer with internet connection is essential.

My career opportunities

You may find work in this speciality field across the health, education, law enforcement, emergency, clergy, social and community service sectors. Additionally, this degree will provide the foundation for professions in which the core work is research, policy or planning. They provide you with scientifically based knowledge and theoretical knowledge in practical settings to deal with suicide in an academic, policy or practical context.

Key employment sectors

  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Education and Training
  • Public Administration and Safety
  • Other Services

Potential job outcomes

  • Community mental health officer
  • Counsellor
  • Welfare officer
  • Case manager
  • Social worker
  • Recreation officer
  • Probation and parole officer

*Source: Australian Government Job Outlook.

Pathways to further study

Students with a Graduate Certificate in Suicidology (from Griffith University) with a GPA of 5.0 or higher will be eligible to apply for entry to the Master of Suicidology (5666).

Fee-paying postgraduate (domestic) students

Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points.

The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying postgraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student commenced the program.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 2014 onwards is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.

Program fees for the Graduate Certificate in Suicidology (3382)

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Tuition fees for your degree program
Changing programs

If a postgraduate student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the trimester in which they are enrolled.

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