Graduate Diploma of Leadership

Course summary for local students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Leadership

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

Cloud (online)No
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

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

Indicative annual fee 2015$23,700* - Full-fee paying place
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
Tel 03 9244 6555
Deakin Customer Service
Tel 1800 624 316

Deakin course code M638

This new course version commences in Trimester 2 2015.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Leadership is designed to create a deep understanding, at both tacit and explicit levels, of this important organisational role.  The course is largely experiential and is aimed at fostering cognitive and behavioural habits which lead to appropriate actions where innovation and influence are required.  Course content is underpinned with an exploration of current directions in thinking and research in this very dynamic field of research.

The course embraces a variety of approaches to teaching and learning ranging from didactic (l-Lectures, course notes, formal assessment, etc).) to experiential (intensive residential units) and includes study and reflection on personal challenges, for example, in an outdoor ‘adventure’ program in the Audacious Leadership unit.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study. If you are studying a graduate certificate of 4 credit points, your total course EFTSL is 0.5.

This is a fee-paying course. Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance in paying these tuition fees. For more information about FEE-HELP go to

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been 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 a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, 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 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Graduate Diploma 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 rules

The Graduate Diploma of Leadership comprises 8 credit points including 4 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of elective units.

Detailed course rules

The Graduate Diploma of Leadership comprises 8 credit points including 4 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of elective units.

Course structure

Core Units

MPR771/MPM771Principles of Leadership *

MPM772An Act of Leadership

Plus 2 credit points of units from:

MPM773Contemporary Issues in Leadership

MPM775Personal Leadership

MPR707Change Management (Residential) *

MPR721/MPM721Organisational Behaviour *

MPR779Leadership in the Real World *

MPT738Audacious Leadership #


MPM778The Leadership Adventure

Elective units

The remaining 4 credit points may be selected from the following list or any unit(s) not already selected from the core unit lost above:

MPA711Corporate Governance and Ethics

MPK701Research Design and Analysis

MPM701Business Process Management

MPK704Sustainable Environmental Marketing

MPK732/MPT732Marketing Management (Tour) #

MPM712Managing Innovation

MPM732Critical Thinking for Managers

MPM735/MPT735International Business Management (Tour) #

MPR705Entrepreneurship (Residential) *

MPR706/MPM706Strategic Management *

MPT774The Leadership Retreat ^

Or any other unit approved by the Course Team Chair.

* MPR code denotes residential version of the unit.  

# MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit. 

^ This MPT coded unit will be held as an Intensive at the Deakin Management Centre, Geelong.

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

Standard Admission:
-  A 3 year bachelor's degree or AQF equivalent + 3 years minimum leadership experience

Alternative Admission:

-A graduate certificate in a cognate area + 5 years minimum leadership experience; or

- a master's degree + 3 years minimum leadership experience

Applicants  may be eligible for Credit for Prior Learning for appropriate units of completed postgraduate study.

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.

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.

Further study

M738 Master of Leadership