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Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

30 April 24 June 2018

This subject provides an overview of policy making and funding methods for science, technology and innovation, particularly for those overseeing the funding and governance of these fields. Topics covered include:

  • The theory behind and practice of science, technology and innovation policy
  • State-of-the-art tools and methods for funding capacity building
  • Trends in science, technology and innovation policy
  • Preparing policy briefs based on prior analyses
  • Matching policy objectives to funding instruments.

Learning outcomes

On completion, participants should be able to:

  • Investigate policy problems and generate options to resolve them
  • Assess the risks and benefits of different solutions to policy problems
  • Align or design and then implement accepted policies within their own institutions
  • Communicate their policy to people who work in different cultures and contexts.

Contact hours

Contact hours: 24

Total time commitment: 170 hours

Delivery modes

This is a fully online subject which can be undertaken in an assessed or non-assessed mode.

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

Assessed mode
Participants undertake and finish the compulsory components of the subject, described above, and submit three empirical research reports of 1000 words each.

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.


On completing this subject, participants will benefit by:

  • Being up-to-date on the latest developments in science, technology and innovation policy making and funding
  • Gaining valuable insights on how to respond to policy issues in line with their institution’s mission
  • Expanding their knowledge and expertise on science, technology and innovation policy making and funding
  • Applying accepted policies and principles to different kinds of cases.

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).


Professor Merle Jacob, Director, Research Policy Institute, Lund University, Sweden and UNESCO Chair in Research Management and Innovation Systems.

Merle is Professor in Research Policy at Lund University. Her previous roles include Director of the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture at the University of Oslo and Professor at the Copenhagen Business School.

Merle's research specialisation is the relationship between scdience and policy. Her two specific areas of empirical focus are the management of universities and national research systems. She has published extensively in both areas and is especially interested in the governance of higher education and research and the challenges posed to governance by globalisation and the integration of innovation in the mission of university.

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 by contacting Dina Uzhegova or call +61 3 8344 4605. 

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