Master of Clinical Leadership



If you have a primary qualification in one of the registered clinical professions (or in Social Work, Paramedicine or Physician Assistant), get the knowledge and skills to undertake a leadership role within the Australian health care industry.

Learning how to become a better leader is not part of the journey for many clinicians. Deakin's Master of Clinical Leadership provides you with the management and leadership knowledge and skills to pursue roles that can affect change in health care.

This course is largely delivered through online learning, allowing you to undertake off-campus study, often at a time and a place that suits you. As an off campus student, your studies are supported by a range of interactive teaching methods.

You will also have an opportunity to undertake research specific to clinical leadership.

As part of the course, you will undertake clinical leadership units offered as intensive residential study programs. These programs bring you together with industry experts and other students to encourage intense learning in an environment where ideas and concepts can be exchanged in ways which promote deep understanding.

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Key facts


1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent


  • Cloud (online) with three compulsory residential units
Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus with three compulsory residential units

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus with three compulsory residential units

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus with three compulsory residential units

Key information

Award granted

Master of Clinical Leadership


2018 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

$25,712 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

Not applicable

Deakin code



Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

Applicants must be clinicians who hold Bachelor level qualifications from an Australian university or Higher Education Institution recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework or at a recognised international university listed in the NOOSR guide in either one of the clinical professions (e.g. those registered under the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency – AHPRA) and allied health professionals.  

Applicants will have 3 or more years of recent experience as a clinician evidence through a personal statement or personal reference.

Applicants not fulfilling these core criteria will be considered on an individual basis.

Career outcomes

The Master of Clinical Leadership will equip graduates with the leadership skills and management knowledge required of senior clinical managers in healthcare organisations.

Course learning outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Use expert skills to research, theorise and apply an advanced and integrated body of knowledge to professional practice, clinical leadership and contemporary challenges faced by the healthcare system. 


Use a range of communication techniques to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, strategies, policies, conclusions and professional decisions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Digital Literacy

Select and use digital technologies to effectively locate, use and disseminate credible information relevant to leadership in the healthcare setting.

Critical thinking

Synthesise and critically evaluate complex information, problems, ideas, concepts and theories as they relate to the clinical leadership role through the planning and execution of a substantial piece of research and/or scholarship in the field of clinical leadership.

Problem Solving

Apply expert knowledge, technical skills and theory to creatively solve diverse problems within the field of healthcare and clinical leadership.


Critically reflect on own leadership development, displaying high level of responsibility, expert judgement and adaptability in professional practice.


Establish and foster collaborative relationships with a diverse range of individuals and groups and apply effective leadership strategies to effect change.

Global Citizenship

Demonstrate a high level of accountability and autonomy in clinical leadership practice, reflecting a global perspective on the impact of diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts on health, organisational and societal outcomes.


Course Structure

To complete the Master of Clinical Leadership students must attain 12 credit points. Each unit is equal to 1 credit point.

In order to gain 12 credit points you will need to study 12 units consisting of:

  • 3 core clinical leadership units (these are compulsory)
  • 5 core units from existing Deakin masters programs (from Business and Public Health) including one core selective unit, and
  • 4 elective units (you can choose which ones to study, subject to approval by the course director).

Students will be able to undertake research programs during these elective units.


Core units


Selective unit


Elective units



Core units

  • Clinical Leadership 1: System and Strategy HME701 *
  • Clinical Leadership 2: The Organisation HME702 *
  • Clinical Leadership 3: Clinicians Consumers and Their System HME703 *
  • Contemporary Health Issues and Policies HSH702 ^
  • Health Economics 1 HSH717 ^
  • Accounting and Analysis for Managers MBA711 ^ (previously coded MPA751)
  • Business Strategy and Analysis MPM703 ^
  • * Core unit for alternative exits H502 and H602

    ^ Selective unit for alternative exits H502 and H602

    Core selective units

    H702 students must enrol in one of the following list:

  • Healthcare Operations HME712 ^
  • Organisational Development and Change MMH707 ^
  • Ethics for Managers MMH733 ^
  • Business Process Management MBA710 ^
  • Marketing Management MBA720 ^
  • People Management MBA721 ^
  • Human Resource Management MPM722 ^
  • Leading Change (Residential) MPR707 ^
  • Audacious Leadership MPT738 ^
  • ^ Selective unit for alternative exits H502 and H602

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Health - Student and Academic Services
    Tel 03 9251 7777


    As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 11-13 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course. You will also be expected to attend 3 compulsory residential units at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - see individual unit descriptions for more information.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

    • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
    • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Additional course information

    There are two alternative exit points available from H702 Master of Clinical Leadership:

    • H502 Graduate Certificate of Clinical Leadership consisting of 4 credit points,
    • H602 Graduate Diploma of Clinical Leadership consisting of 8 credit points.

    Students for both courses must complete HME701, HME702, HME703. The remaining units must be selected from the core and core selective units of H702.

    There are additional fees associated with the residential units. For more information on fees please refer to:

    Offered campuses

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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