Master of Professional Practice (Leadership)



The Master of Professional Practice (Leadership) is suitable for students who have progressed from the Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Leadership) or meet the additional entry requirements. In addition to completing the introductory unit and leadership research unit, successful students will complete ten professional practice credentials plus a research capstone unit, where students undertake a workplace-based research project on leadership.

Recognise the capabilities displayed by pivotal leaders, through integration of theoretical investigation and professional practice, within this specialist program. Learn to drive results while engaging others in the journey and transforming an organisation to deal with technology disruption, changing customer needs and turbulent external environments. The emphasis for this program is on developing relevant skills, contemporary knowledge, and real experience, to develop the business leaders of tomorrow.

Delivered wholly online via StartAnytime mode, this program that makes it ideal for busy professionals who want to study at their own pace and immediately apply the knowledge and skills obtained through the unit, in their own workplace. The Professional Practice Credential Assessment complements this course, where students provide evidence of their knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience for assessment, to obtain a suite of credentials that recognise their professional expertise.


Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent


2 to 2.5 years part-time


This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud (online)

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud (online)

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Cloud (online)

Key information

Award granted

Master of Professional Practice (Leadership)


2017 course information

Deakin code



Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)

Approval status

The course is approved by the University pursuant to 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. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the postgraduate English language requirements.

Minimum entry requirements:
• A Bachelor degree in any discipline plus 3 years of related professional work experience*; OR

• the Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Leadership); OR

• Deakin Business and Law Masters Qualifying Program (MQP) + 5 years relevant work experience*, OR

• a Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice in a related area and 3 years relevant work experience*

*full-time (or equivalent part-time) managerial, leadership in innovative or entrepreneurial business or ventures or equivalent

Course learning outcomes


Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of contemporary leadership theory and practices, creating new discipline knowledge through applied research methods
 Communication Demonstrate advanced communication skills through the use of tools, techniques and media to gather data, and engage and inspire others
 Digital literacy Discover, analyse, synthesise and disseminate complex information, data and ideas to stakeholders, strategic partners and professional colleagues using a range of digital technologies and channels 
 Critical thinking Systematically and critically analyse and test leadership styles, models and theories to optimise leadership impact within a specific cultural and operational context to drive strategy
 Problem solving Apply advanced problem solving skills to conceptualise, design, construct and advocate for recommended innovative solutions for complex leadership related issues
 Self management Advance personal development and capacity as a leader to proactively drive and take responsibility for strategic results
 Teamwork Work across a range of professions, functions, contexts or teams to optimise collaborative outcomes, to improve strategic outcomes
 Global citizenship Define and reinforce the vision and values that orient collective effort, socially responsibility and ethical decision making


Course Structure

The Master of Professional Practice (Leadership) requires the completion of 4 credit points of units and 10 Professional Practice credentials. For further information on credentials refer to the credentials tab below.




  • Leadership Practice with Impact MPL700
  • Leadership Challenges MPL701
  • Credentials

    Students must successfully complete ten Professional Practice credentials which include two core credentials (Communications and Teamwork) plus a minimum of two Leadership Specialist Knowledge credentials and six elective credentials (Note: two elective credentials can be replaced with the remaining Leadership Specialist Knowledge credentials).

    Successful attainment of Professional Practice credentials is based on evidence provided from professional practice, hence recognition through authentic learning experiences. All professional practice credentials are linked to the Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes and will be assessed within the context of the financial planning discipline. The credentials may be attempted separately or simultaneously and are assessed by an assessment panel that includes both academic and industry representatives. Please refer to the table below for the list of credentials.

    Master Credential Requirements
    Credentials Minimum Level*^ Currency*
    Core credentials
    CRCOM-A1 Communication 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRTWK-A1 Teamwork 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    Leadership Specialist Knowledge credentials    
    at least two from the following list:    
    CRLDP-A1 Lead and develop people 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CREMO-A1 Empower others 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRADC-A1 Adapt and change 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRDSR-A1 Drive strategic results 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    Elective credentials    
    CRDIL-A1 Digital literacy 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRCRI-A1 Critical thinking 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRPSV-A1 Problem solving 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRSMA-A1 Self Management 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRGCZ-A1 Global citizenship 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRPRE-A1 Professional ethics 5 (Advanced) 5 years

    Applicants who have not satisfied the level requirement, or who have successfully achieved the credential but not within the required timeframe may be permitted to seek re-credentialing.

    ^ There are five levels and these are aligned with recognized "exit points" from the education sector, the AQF, work levels and industry frameworks.  Level 5 is aligned to the AQF Masters Level.

    Capstone unit

  • Research Project 1B MPP702 (2 credit points)
  • 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 Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

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

    Course pathways

    The Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Leadership) is an alternative entry option for students wishing to attain a Master of Professional Practice (Leadership) but who have not completed a Bachelor Degree.

    Students who enrol in a Master Degree may transfer to the associated Graduate Certificate and graduate on completing the requirements for this course.

    Alternative exits


    The typical time that a student would spend in learning and assessment activities is expected to be approximately 150 hours for each credit point completed via the university. Time taken to prepare evidence of credentials, will vary for each student based on individual professional practice experience.

    Scholarship options

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    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.

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