Master of Leadership



Become a highly innovative and influential leader by undertaking a course that embraces real-world learning and cutting-edge research.

Our Master of Leadership is a largely experiential course, meaning you’ll actively learn through experience. You’ll attend intensive residential programs; immersing yourself in a subject and building your professional networks. This includes our outdoor ‘adventure’ program (known as the Audacious Leadership unit).

Drawing on the latest research in behavioural and cognitive thinking, this course gives you the tools and experience to take your leadership skills to the next level.

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Key facts


1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent


Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Key information

Award granted

Master of Leadership


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

$33,280 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.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Minimum entry requirements~

  • Bachelor degree in any discipline and 3 years leadership experience OR
  • Masters degree in any discipline and 3 years leadership experience OR
  • Graduate certificate in related discipline and 5 years minimum leadership experience

From Trimester 3 2017:

  • Bachelor degree in any discipline and 3 years relevant work experience OR
  • Graduate Certificate in a related discipline and 5 years relevant work experience OR
  • Graduate Diploma equivalent (professional pathways).


~All applicants must provide the following with their application:

  • current CV
  • a statement (max. 500 words) about their current leadership role, their background, and what they hope to achieve from the course

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.


Career outcomes

As a graduate of Deakin’s Master of Leadership you will have developed an awareness of your own leadership styles, strengths and weaknesses. You will also develop an appreciation of the way leadership operates at different levels, and in different contexts, as a key success factor in enterprises.

Course learning outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Possess an advanced and integrated understanding of and ability to work and demonstrate a contemporary body of knowledge of leadership
Communication Possess advanced knowledge of and be able to apply and demonstrate advanced communication skills in a wide range of environments where they might be expected to perform as leaders.
Digital literacy Possess advanced knowledge of and be able to apply and demonstrate advanced digital communication skills to environments where they might be expected to perform as leaders.
Critical thinking Possess knowledge of and be able to apply leadership theory critically to complex and diverse leadership situations.
Problem solving Possess and be able to demonstrate a specialised set of high order cognitive and technical skills including critical analysis and problem solving skills for leading in contemporary environments.
Self-management Possess advanced knowledge of and be able to demonstrate advanced skills to enhance self-awareness and independent learning about themselves as leaders.
Teamwork Possess an advanced understanding of people and be able to demonstrate an advanced ability to shape others’ perceptions in a wide range of environments where they might be expected to perform as leaders.
Global citizenship Enhance students' understanding and appreciation of, and ability to apply a set of skills and capabilities needed for leading effectively.


Course Structure

To complete the Master of Leadership, students must attain a total of 12 credit points consisting of 8 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of elective units. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

Students are introduced to research tools and techniques in core units of the course where they learn analytic skills and the practical application of those skills in professional contexts. They must also complete advanced level units and a capstone unit that require them to integrate the skills learnt over their course of study and produce applied pieces of research with reference to prevailing literature.


Core units


Elective units


Total units

Core units

  • MBA730/MBR730Principles of Leadership (Residential) *
  • An Act of Leadership MPM772
  • Contemporary Issues in Leadership MPM773
  • Personal Leadership MPM775
  • Plus 4 credit points of units from:

  • Business Process Management MBA710 ^
  • Economics for Managers MBA712
  • Marketing Management MBA720
  • MBR721/MBA721People Management *
  • Critical Thinking for Managers MPM732
  • MPR707/MPM707Leading Change *
  • The Leadership Retreat MPR774 *
  • Leadership in the Real World MPR779 *
  • which may include one unit from:

  • Audacious Leadership MPT738 #
  • The Leadership Adventure MPM778
  • *MPR code denotes residential version of the unit.

    ^ Includes Start Anytime unit offering

    #MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit.

    Elective units

    Students may select any four postgraduate units.

    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

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    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

    Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
    Tel 03 9244 6555


    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    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

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