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

Intending participants in the program must be currently engaged in university teaching.

Applications are made online directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. There is no mid-year intake for this program. 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;

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

  • all relevant academic transcripts.

Course structure

All units of study in this program are offered in partnership with the University's Institute of Teaching and Learning (ITL), leading to a formal qualification in university teaching.

Candidates must successfully complete four core units of study from the list below to meet the graduate certificate requirements. No higher qualification is available in the specialty "Higher Education" but at the conclusion of the course, students may choose to progress to a general GradDipEdStud or MEd by completing the remaining units of study required – two and four respectively – from the generalist MEd program.

Core units of study

GradCertEdStud(Higher Education) candidates must complete four core units of study from the list below, each of which is worth 6 credit points.


Course fees for the graduate certificate are waived for all 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.