Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education (Quality Assurance)

Where will this take me?


Who the course is for

This course is designed for quality assurance professionals within the tertiary education sector including:

  • Staff of tertiary education institutions responsible for quality assurance
  • Trustees or governors of tertiary education institutions that are establishing or improving their quality assurance systems or needing to understand systems of external quality assurance and accreditation
  • Those employed by existing or emerging external quality agencies and require education in the basic structures and implications of quality assurance
  • Board or commission members of external quality agencies
  • Evaluators or reviewers associated with external quality agencies.

Career outcomes

Whether you want to advance your career in quality assurance or take the leap into a QA role this course will help you elevate your career.


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.”