Graduate Certificate of Leadership

Course summary for local students


2017 course information

Award granted Graduate Certificate of Leadership
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo

1 year part-time

Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3)

2017: March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$16,640 - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

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

LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code M538
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 8.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Challenge yourself to become a highly-innovative and influential leader by undertaking a course that embraces real-world learning and cutting-edge research.

Our Master of Leadership offers extensive experiential learning options. You’ll take part in intensive residential units, immersing yourself in a subject and building your professional networks, and our outdoor ‘adventure’ program (known as the Audacious Leadership unit).

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

Fees and charges

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 this course within the same year in which they started. 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 4 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

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.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Graduate Certificate 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 Demonstrate an understanding of foundational leadership theories, issues, and practice, and apply these to personal and professional circumstances.
Communication Employ a variety of media demonstrating a high-level of communication skills to inform, motivate and influence business/ professional audiences.
Digital literacy Use digital technologies to produce cutting-edge communication messages.
Critical thinking Critically analyse leadership in contemporary professional and personal spaces, and develop appropriate adjustments to behaviour.
Problem solving Manage a range of leadership-related issues to shape perceptions of audiences and present solutions to address complex challenges
Self-management Demonstrate an understanding of self, personal biases, values, beliefs, and mental models to create and realise a professional or personal vision.
Teamwork Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.
Global citizenship Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.
  Approved by Faculty Board October 2014


Course rules

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Leadership, students must attain a total of 4 credit points, consisting of 2 credit points of core units and 2 credit points of elective units.  Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

Course structure

Core units

MBR730/MBA730Principles of Leadership *+

Plus 1 credit point unit from:

MPM772An Act of Leadership

MPM773Contemporary Issues in Leadership

MPR707/MPM707Leading Change *

MPR779Leadership in the Real World *

which may also include one unit from:

MPM778The Leadership Adventure

MPT738Audacious Leadership #

* MPR code denotes residential version of the unit.

# MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit. 

+ previously coded MPR771/MPM771

Elective units

Students may select any two postgraduate units.

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

Minimum entry requirements

 - Bachelor degree in any discipline and 3 years leadership experience


 - 5 years minimum leadership experience


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

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 and how to apply for credit.

How to apply

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Further study

M638 Graduate Diploma of Leadership
M738 Master of Leadership


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.