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Leading and Managing Research

5 February 1 April 2018

Subject overview

This subject provides an overview of key elements of research leadership and management in an institutional setting. To provide participants with knowledge and insights in areas such as:

  • public policy settings and funding frameworks for research institutions;
  • commercial, community and philanthropic engagement (clients, partners, sponsors);
  • institutional policies and strategies (internal systems to support research programs and research training, resourcing, ethics and reporting, publications, intellectual property);
  • managing researchers and research projects (making plans, setting priorities and managing the needs and expectations of different stakeholders).

Learning outcomes

On completion, participants should be able to apply what they have learned, for example by:

  • relating research agendas to the priorities of external stakeholders;
  • describing internal institutional mechanisms for supporting diverse research projects;
  • devising a strategy to build a research group’s profile and reputation;
  • managing a multi-disciplinary research group.

Contact hours

The total number of contact hours over this period is 24. Includes 6 hours of webinars and 18 hours of online discussions (all taught and/or moderated by academic staff) over the duration of the subject.

Outside of these times students are expected to organise their own study schedule; the recommended total number of study hours for this subject is 170.

Delivery modes

This subject is delivered entirely online. Students can choose to undertake either the non-assessed or assessed mode.

Non-assessed mode
Students undertake and finish the compulsory components only, made up of four discussion board tasks and three webinars held at set times.

Assessed mode
Students first undertake and finish the compulsory components, i.e. the four discussion board tasks and three webinars held at set times. They must then submit a 3000-word essay at the end of the subject.

Students who successfully complete this mode gain 12.5 credit points, which may be credited towards one of our Masters or Graduate Certificate courses. Please contact us if you would like more information about how this works.

2018 fees

Assessed mode: A$4,180

Non-Assessed Mode: A$3,352

Fees include course materials but does not include text books (if applicable).

Subject facilitators

Professor and Foundation Director of the LH Martin Institute, Prof Lynn V. Meek was previously Professor and Director of the Centre for Higher Education Management and Policy at the University of New England. Having completed a PhD in the sociology of higher education at the University of Cambridge, he has nearly three decades experience researching higher education policy issues.

Specific research interests include governance and management, research management, diversification of higher education institutions and systems, institutional amalgamations, and organisational change

Professor Alan Pettigrew holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has held a range of academic and senior executive appointments at a number of Australian Universities, having served as Deputy Chair of the Academic Board at the University of Sydney, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Biological Sciences) at the University of Queensland, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of NSW.


In January 2001 Professor Pettigrew was appointed by the Commonwealth Minister for Health and Aging as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the National Health and Medical Research Council. He served in that role until the end of 2005 when he was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of the University of New England. Professor Pettigrew retired from the University in 2009. He also served as a member of the Board of the Australian Universities Quality Agency until 2010.

How to apply

To find out more about studying a single subject from the Tertiary Education Management course or to start your application, please contact our dedicated Student Support team who will assist you through the process. 

The documents you will require to provide include:

  • Copies of testamurs and transcripts of all degrees listed in the application;
  • Your CV;
  • Documentation showing how you have met the English language proficiency standards if you have English as a second language or the language of instruction of previous degrees was other than English.

(Note: limit of 1.5 MB per document)

More information

Detailed information on the subject is available in the University of Melbourne handbook.

Find out more information about this subject or request an information pack by contacting Dina Uzhegova or call +61 3 8344 4605.

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