Risk Management in Tertiary Education

Subject overview

Learn how to assess and mitigate risk in tertiary education

This subject provides you with an overview of the rapid rise of risk management in higher education. Framing this explosion in the broader context of public policy changes and the emergence of the risk society, we will critically examine the concepts and practices of risk management. You will be provided with knowledge and insights into: uncertainty and risk; risk management and the politics of uncertainty and trust; approaches to risk management, including enterprise-wide; strengths and weaknesses of current practices; effective approaches to risk management in tertiary education.

This subject is suitable for leaders and managers in higher education institutes, as well as academics in leadership roles.

You will be involved in context based discussions, so it is highly desirable that you are currently engaged in tertiary education in some way.

  • Subject structure

    This subject is delivered entirely online. On average, each subject requires 18-22 hours of study per week. However, the time will vary based on individual task management and planning skills, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.

    Delivery modes

    You can choose to undertake either the non-assessed or assessed mode.

    Non-assessed mode
    In the non-assessed mode, you will undertake and finish the compulsory components only. These are made up of four discussion board tasks and three webinars held at set times.

    Assessed mode
    In the assessed mode, you first undertake and finish the compulsory components, i.e. the four discussion board tasks and three webinars held at set times. You then submit a 3000-word essay at the end of the subject.

    If you successfully complete the assessed mode, you gain 12.5 credit points which will be credited towards our Master of Tertiary Education (Management) or Graduate Certificate programs.

    Please contact us if you would like more information about how this matriculation process works.

  • Subject code and dates

    Subject code: MGMT90220

    Dates: 5 February – 1 April 2018

  • Entry requirements

    To satisfy our entry requirements you will need to have an undergraduate degree and be currently employed in the tertiary education sector.

  • Fees and scholarships


    The cost of studying this subject is:

    Assessed mode: A$4,180

    Non-assessed mode: A$3,352

    To learn more about tuition fees or for more information on the cost of your chosen subject, contact us via phone or email on: +61 3 8344 0149 / study-online@unimelb.edu.au

    Fees include course materials, but do not include text books (if applicable).


    There are many subsidies and scholarships awarded by the University, based on a variety of criteria. Find out more about our scholarships.

  • Learning outcomes

    On completion, you should understand:

    • The background and drivers for the emergence of risk management;
    • Concepts and models of risk management;
    • Different modalities of risk management in a tertiary education context;
    • How to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of practices and design alternative approaches;
    • The links between governance and risk management at an institutional level.

How to apply

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