Master of Clinical Leadership

Course summary for current students

Year2018 course information
Award granted Master of Clinical Leadership
  • Cloud (online) with three compulsory residential units
Cloud CampusYes
Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeH702
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Indicative student workload

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.

Career opportunities

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

Alternative exits

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.

Additional costs associated with the course

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

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

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 rules

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.

Course structure

Core units

HME701Clinical Leadership 1: System and Strategy *

HME702Clinical Leadership 2: The Organisation *

HME703Clinical Leadership 3: Clinicians Consumers and Their System *

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies ^

HSH717Health Economics 1 ^

MBA711Accounting and Analysis for Managers ^ (previously coded MPA751)

MPM703Business Strategy and Analysis ^

* 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:

HME712Healthcare Operations ^

MMH707Organisational Development and Change ^

MMH733Ethics for Managers ^

MBA710Business Process Management ^

MBA720Marketing Management ^

MBA721People Management ^

MPM722Human Resource Management ^

MPR707Leading Change (Residential) ^

MPT738Audacious Leadership ^

^ Selective unit for alternative exits H502 and H602

Other course information

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.