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Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education (Management) (GC-TEDMGT)

Graduate CertificateYear: 2019 Delivered: Online

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Award titleGraduate Certificate in Tertiary Education (Management)
Year & campus2019 — Parkville
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeGraduate Coursework
AQF level 8
Credit points50 credit points
Duration12 months part time

This is a one-year, part-time program designed for middle to senior level educators, administrators and scholars seeking to extend their knowledge and skills in tertiary sector leadership and management.

It offers expert perspectives on Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training systems, policy settings, institutional strategies and tertiary sector work cultures in a national and international context, drawn from the best and latest research and resources for tertiary sector leadership. It aims to provide concepts, insights and practical skills for leading and managing successfully in tertiary sector institutions; exposure to high profile tertiary sector leaders and expert scholars, nationally and internationally, and access to a network of tertiary sector peers facing similar management challenges.

Participants can expect an on-line, syndicate group and action learning modes of study, with a strong cohort experience in groups of 20 participants; integrated learning via theory, case studies, simulation exercises and work-based projects; and scope to choose projects aligned with personal development and career aspirations, with other institutions in Australia or overseas.

Entry requirements

  1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed either:
  • a four year undergraduate degree in a cognate area, or equivalent; or
  • a three year undergraduate degree and at least 50 credit points, or equivalent, of graduate study in a cognate area; or
  • a three year undergraduate degree in a cognate area and at least two years of documented, relevant professional experience in tertiary education management, or equivalent;


  • have current employment in the tertiary education sector; and
  • employer support to participate.

Meeting these entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

  1. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
  • Prior academic performance; and
  • Professional experience.
  1. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
  1. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7 is required.

Core participation requirements

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Graduate School policy to take reasonable steps to enable the participation of students with disabilities, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the Graduate School’s programs.
The core participation requirements for study in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education are:

In all courses

  • The ability to comprehend complex information related to education and the disciplines in which the student is teaching.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and independently in assessment tasks a knowledge of the content, principles and practices relating to education and other relevant disciplines.
  • Behavioural and social attributes that enable a student to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.

Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Student Equity and Disability Support Team: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/

Intended learning outcomes

Graduates of this course will have advanced theoretical and technical knowledge of current research, debates, policies and practices in tertiary education management from a multidisciplinary and global perspective, and should be able to:

  • Critically analyse and evaluate and transform tertiary education management theories, debates, policies and practice through evidence based research
  • Evaluate and analyse the political and historical contexts informing tertiary education management policies and practices
  • Analyse, generate and apply established leadership and management theories to tertiary education management policy and practice
  • Interpret and communicate contemporary tertiary education research ideas and findings to the wider educational community
  • Critique and apply multidisciplinary leadership and management theories and evidence based research to inform tertiary education policy
  • Critique and apply multidisciplinary leadership and management theories and evidence based research to improve tertiary education leadership and management professional practice
  • Apply well developed professional judgement of current research, debates, policies and practices in tertiary education management, leadership and policy from a multidisciplinary and global perspective
  • Interpret and transmit solutions and findings to the wider tertiary educational community through critical analysis of contemporary educational research ideas

Graduate attributes

The Melbourne Experience enables our graduates to become:

  • Academically excellent:
    • have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
    • have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)
    • reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
    • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
    • be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies
  • Knowledgeable across disciplines:
    • examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
    • expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
    • have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
    • have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment
  • Leaders in communities:
    • initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
    • have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
    • mentor future generations of learners
    • engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs
  • Attuned to cultural diversity:
    • value different cultures
    • be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
    • have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
    • respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values
  • Active global citizens:
    • accept social and civic responsibilities
    • be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
    • have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education (Management) is completed in 50 points of study online. Students complete two core subjects and two electives.

Subject options

Core subjects - 25 credit points

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MGMT90241 Tertiary Education Policy Environments
Term 1
MGMT90242 Leading and Managing TE Institutions
Term 2

Elective subjects - 25 credit points

Choose two of the following subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MGMT90166 Leading and Managing Research Not available in 2019 12.5
MGMT90168 Managing International Tert Ed
Term 2
MGMT90169 Institutional Governance in Tert Ed
Term 3
MGMT90184 Science, Technology & Innovation Policy Not available in 2019 12.5
MGMT90220 Risk Management in Tertiary Education
Term 1
MGMT90245 Managing Quality Audits & Reviews in TE
Term 2
MGMT90247 Maintaining Quality within Institutions
Term 4
MGMT90117 External Quality Assurance
Term 3
MGMT90221 Sustainable TE Leadership and Governance Not available in 2019 12.5
EDUC90848 Applied Research Methodology
Term 1
Term 3

Further study

Graduates may progress to a range of other graduate coursework programs.

Last updated: 2 May 2019