Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education (Governance)

The experience


Online learning

As a student at a school committed to professional, continuing and executive education, you’ll have access to high-quality online education tools – all you need is a computer and an internet connection.

Your virtual classroom is academically robust and designed to prepare you for competition in your field. You will expand your skills and knowledge via innovative technologies like webinars, podcasts and moderated discussion forums.

Why study online?

The online learning environment has been carefully devised by expert academics, alongside learning designers and technology specialists, to facilitate an interactive and flexible student experience.

At the University of Melbourne, you will have access to the best minds and a dynamic peer group. Throughout the course, you will be able to engage closely with fellow online students and share your knowledge with each other.

Gain access to the highest levels of support

From your initial expression of interest right through to graduation, you’ll receive all the technical support you need.

Don’t be surprised if you learn our student support team members by name – they are dedicated, personal and friendly and they understand that every student experience is unique. If a challenge arises, they’ll do everything in their power to assist you so that you can continue to have an excellent learning experience.

Our online student support consultants can assist with:

  • Enrolment and subject assistance
  • Administrative logistics and fee options
  • Technical support, regular health checks, and technical support during live webinars
  • Online learning skills and workload management
  • Special circumstances.

Who you will learn from

Your online learning experience is enriched by interaction with lecturers and your fellow classmates. You can expect input and feedback from your lecturers and tutors as well as regular real-time sessions where you speak with the instructor and fellow students.

Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.

The course is taught by leading international academics who conduct evidence-based research in the field of tertiary education.


Chris Gallavin

Chris Gallavin is Professor of Law and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University, in New Zealand. Chris plays a key role in the academic and strategic planning of the institution which boasts over 30,000 students.

“I lead the academic decision-making functions of the college and contribute to setting the overarching strategy of the college (and therefore the university).”

In 2017, Chris completed the online Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education Management (Governance) through the University of Melbourne and is currently studying the online Master of Tertiary Education Management.”

I chose to study at the University of Melbourne – and the LH Martin Institute in particular – because, quite frankly, there is nothing like it in the world. The tailored qualifications for tertiary leaders are incredibly unique and, in my path to becoming a Vice-Chancellor, I believe there is no better grounding than the qualification I am pursuing through the Institute.

The 2018 Eisenhower Fellow is on a mission to explore ways to democratise university education and says through his University of Melbourne online studies, he’s “picked up perspectives that I haven’t before been exposed to in 15 years of tertiary involvement.”

This is the 44-year-olds first attempt at online study and he says he finds “the system used by the University of Melbourne to be fantastic.” He adds,” The ease of posting on discussion boards, the incredibly quick feedback received from lecturers and the interaction with student colleagues as facilitated by the technology used, makes for a very rewarding learning experience.”

Chris explains that because of the direct relevance of the masters course to his role as a senior university leader, his assignments have all been founded on real issues that he’s dealing with. He says the degree has prepared him for everything “from risk management, to sustainability in the tertiary sector, digital disruption, internationalisation and the future of the degree.”

His advice for anyone thinking of doing the degree is to simply, “do it.” He says, “If you want to succeed as a leader in tertiary education anywhere around the globe then this is the program that provides you with the discipline-specific knowledge and skills you need.”