Tertiary Education Policy Environments

Learn how to address the disruptive change facing tertiary education

How have different higher education systems and institutes met the pressures and dynamics of the late 20th and early 21st century? In this subject, you will cover comparative policy studies and the trends and challenges in tertiary education. You will learn about the broadening of access, internationalisation, market and policy changes in different national systems, the rise of online study options, the future of campus-based study and much more.

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.

For more information, check the Handbook.

  • 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.

    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.

  • Entry requirements

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

    For further enquiries please contact the Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education.

  • Subject fees

    Assessed mode: A$4,264

    Non-assessed mode: A$3,416

    Course fees are the same for both domestic and international students. For more information about modes of study, refer to Single subject study.

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

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