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The Sydney Professional Certificate in Foundations in 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.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

University of Sydney staff or affiliates applying for a fee-waiver scholarship must provide (a) their staff or affiliate ID number, (b) a copy of their appointment contract (must be a minimum of one year), (c) all relevant academic transcripts, and (d – affiliates only) evidence that they will be teaching enrolled University of Sydney students during the applicant’s period of candidature.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. 

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

Starting date

What you'll study

Candidates are required to complete a total of 12 credit points.  

The units of study that students will undertake are:

  • EDPR5002 Reflection and Practice in University T and L
  • EDPR6012 Developing Integ eLearning Env Higher Ed 

Units of Study

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature requires:

  • a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; and
  • Completion of postgraduate studies in Education or professional experience equivalent to one year full-time in a field considered by the Faculty to be appropriate to the program of study.
Career pathways & prospects
Future study options

Career pathways

The Sydney Professional Certificate in Foundations in Higher Education has been designed to further the careers of teaching professionals, educational administrators, researchers and policy makers within specific areas of education practice.

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