The Unbundled University, the Market and Digital Technology: an online course

How are unbundling, marketisation and digital technology changing Higher Education? Do you want to find out more about the unbundling project and its findings?

As part of the dissemination of our findings from this project the team from the University of Cape Town and the University of Leeds have developed a MOOC, a free online course on the FutureLearn platform. The two-week course will start on March 11th 2019.

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To find out more about this MOOC watch this introductory video.


Market forces and technology are changing the landscape of higher education. This course explores one of the key changes in the context of global inequality: the unbundling of higher education. You will learn about the concept of ‘unbundling’ and how the disaggregation of university degrees into component parts is affected by digital technology. You will explore the marketisation of higher education and investigate the implications of unbundling for not only the sector, but different stakeholder groups.

This course will be useful to a range of stakeholders and decision makers within higher education. You might be a university manager, a strategist or head of a teaching and learning unit. The course is also ideal for policy makers and analysts within governments, as the research has implications for education policy.

Join the educators Prof Laura Czerniewicz, Prof Neil Morris, A/Prof Alan Cliff, Dr Bronwen Swinnerton and Ms Sukaina Walji from the University of Cape Town and the University of Leeds to discuss the following topics, emerging from  our research findings:

  • The language of unbundling as it relates to higher education provision.
  • Digital technology as an enabler or driver of unbundling.
  • The role of the market in higher education.
  • Mapping the Higher Education Terrain: South Africa and England.
  • Unbundling in the higher education sector.
  • Implications of unbundling for stakeholders.
  • Issues and debates about unbundling and rebundling.