Study Higher Education

Explore, Critique & Contribute to the Study of Higher Education 

Higher Education at UNSW provides education professionals and academics an opportunity to study higher education at an advanced level with a leading global university.  Our exceptional suite of postgraduate study options focus on building knowledge, developing practical skills and investigating critical issues related to the governance, management and practice of higher education.  

Led by Research That Counts 

Backed by UNSW School of Education’s top rating of 5 by the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), we encourage and enable our students to adopt an evidence-based approach to their studies and development. You’ll debate contemporary issues in theory and practice related to: the context of contemporary higher education; governance, structure and management of higher education; learning and teaching in higher education; curriculum, educational design, assessment and evaluation in higher education; and leadership and change in higher education. Combined with studies of relevant research methodologies, our programs will equip you with the insight and experience to effectively contribute to the development and maintenance of quality higher education systems and outcomes throughout your career.    

Flexible & Affordable 

We offer alternative delivery options, including online courses, intensive school holiday courses, workplace and evening classes to ensure your Higher Education study fits into your busy lifestyle. We also provide affordable study options with Commonwealth Supported Places and the opportunity to pay or defer fees through FEE-HELP for eligible students.    

Specialist Learning for Career Advancement 

Our specialist postgraduate programs in Higher Education can enhance your career options and professional advancement across a broad range of higher education institutions. 

Many of our graduates progress into specialist fields of education by developing and extending their understanding of one or more critical areas of higher education scholarship, policy and practice.. 

Our postgraduate programs in Higher Education can also be a gateway to higher research study. If you’re interested in pursuing a research career, we encourage you to study research methodology and undertake a research project during your course. 

Study with Us

UNSW School of Education offers two specialist higher education programs. They focus on exploring, critiquing and contributing with impact to the study of higher education. 

Graduate Certificate in University & Learning & Teaching  

The Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching is designed to assist both new and experienced staff in higher education institutions to develop a scholarly approach to teaching, curriculum and educational design, assessment, and evaluation. 

Master of Education (Higher Education)

The one-year Master of Education (Higher Education) degree is designed to be taken as a stand-alone degree or as an extension to the Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching.  The program enables academics and other educational professionals to develop their careers and professional practices by identifying and studying a particular area of higher education policy/practice in depth via (a) coursework and a small project, or (b) developing the research knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary to do so via independent, evidence-based scholarly research. 

Research is an integral aspect of the School of Education and we are ranked in the top three universities in Australia for specialist studies in education.  
The School of Education is home to several distinctive research teams comprising staff and local and international students. Our students experience training that enables them to carry out their own research programs and publish in leading academic journals. Our graduates are renowned for their advanced research skills as well as their ability to produce academic work worthy of an international audience. 

We offer the following postgraduate research programs: 

For more information about the research programs offered by the School of Education, please email the School of Education or phone: 02 9385 1977. 

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