Master of Clinical Leadership

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Clinical Leadership

Cloud (online) with three compulsory residential units

Cloud (online)Yes

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent. Some units will run in block mode – please refer to individual unit handbook entries for further details.

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2)
November (Trimester 3)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$24,000 - Full-fee paying place
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777

Deakin course code H702

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Clinical Leadership will provide students who have existing qualifications in one of the major clinical professions with the knowledge and skills required to undertake leadership roles within the Australian health care industry. Graduates will have an understanding of a body of knowledge relating to recent developments in the area of clinical leadership as well as knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of clinical leadership.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

Full fee paying (FFP)
A full fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

Fee information for all domestic students
The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Career opportunities

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

Course rules

The Master of Clinical Leadership comprises 12 units consisting of three core clinical leadership units, five core units from existing Deakin masters programs (from Business and Public Health) including one core selective unit, and four elective units of the student's choice (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 ^

MPA751Financial Reporting and Analysis ^

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:

MMH707Organisational Development and Change ^

MPK732Marketing Management ^

MPM701Business Process Management ^

MPM721People Management ^

MPM722Human Resource Management ^

MPM738Unit description is currently unavailable ^ (previously coded MPM702)

MPR707Leading Change (Residential) ^

^ Selective unit for alternative exits H502 and H602

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:

Entry requirements - general

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 Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

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 at least 5 years of clinical experience in their profession.
Applicants not fulfilling these core criteria will be considered on an individual basis.

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.