Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education)

The GradCertEdStud(Higher Education) is primarily designed to introduce university teachers to current principles, practices, debates and research in higher education.

Candidates are encouraged to develop scholarly, research-led approaches to teaching while engaging in activities and tasks aimed at cultivating critical reflection about higher education.

Entry requirements

In addition to the entry requirements, for all postgraduate study in education, intending participants in the GradCertEdStud(HigherEd) program must also be engaged in university teaching during the year they undertake the program. The course is not available to international students.

Applications are made online directly to the University and are assessed by the faculty. There is no mid-year intake for this course. Applications close on the last working day of November. University of Sydney staff members who are applying for an employer-funded scholarship must provide:

  • a copy of their staff ID number and a copy of their appointment contract (must be a minimum of one year); and

  • all relevant academic transcripts.

We regret that applications without the above details cannot be assessed.

Course structure

Core units of study

Candidates are required to complete four of the core units of study listed below.

Further study

No higher qualification is available in the Higher Education specialisation; however, at the conclusion of the course, students may elect to proceed to a general GradDipEdStud or MEd by completing the remaining units of study required – two and four respectively – from the generalist MEd program.


Course fees for the graduate certificate are waived for University of Sydney staff members, provided they are Australian citizens or permanent residents. However, any additional unit studied as part of a general graduate diploma or master's course will attract full fees. A list of charges can be found under individual units of study in the Sydney Courses database.