Graduate Diploma of Leadership

Course summary for local students



Award granted Graduate Diploma of Leadership
CampusOffered 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)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$32,000 - Full-fee paying place
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Faculty contacts

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

Deakin course code M638

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Great leaders are ambitious, open to challenge, and willing to step outside their comfort zones. Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Leadership is designed to give you the knowledge, theory and practical opportunities you need to prepare for your role as a future leader.

Leadership is important at every organisational level and may become more important than technical skills as you rise up the chain of command. Deakin’s leadership program is designed with the learning needs of mid-career professionals in mind. There’s a strong emphasis on learning from experience through work-based projects and intensive residential placements that provide a ‘hot-house’ learning environment.

Your learning will be largely experiential and is aimed at developing innovative and influential leadership skills. Course content is underpinned with an exploration of current directions in thinking and research in this very dynamic field of research.

You’ll explore the relevance of leadership theory to real world issues. In particular, you’ll focus on the ethical behaviour of leaders, leadership under pressure and in times of crisis, and leadership in response to global issues such as sustainability and terrorism. You will be encouraged to develop case studies of contemporary issues that allow you to apply course theories and explore leadership in ‘real’ situations.

Elective units may include corporate governance and ethics, research design and analysis, human resource management and international business management. There are opportunities to include elective units from other disciplines, or to link studies to your employer’s interests (and your career) through leadership-related projects.

As a graduate of the course you will have developed an awareness of your own leadership styles, strengths and weaknesses. You’ll also cultivate an appreciation of the way leadership operates at different levels, and in different contexts, as a key factor in enterprises. You’ll be able to apply these skills to your current career, or pursue senior leadership positions across a range of different work settings.

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

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

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Leadership, students must attain a total of 8 credit points including 4 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of elective units. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Electives may be selected from any postgraduate units offered by the University, subject to eligibility.

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

MPR707/MPM707Leading Change *

MPR721/MPM721People Management *

MPR779Leadership in the Real World *

which may also include one unit from:

MPT738Audacious Leadership #

MPM778The Leadership Adventure

* MPR code denotes residential version of the unit.  

# MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit. 

Elective units

Students may select any four Postgraduate units.

Course Learning Outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Integrate advanced leadership theories, concepts into leadership practice in a range of personal and professional circumstances.
Communication Employ a variety of advanced communication skills to alter the perceptions of people in leadership environments.
Digital literacy Use digital technologies to source information, data and images to produce persuasive messages.
Critical thinking Critically analyse leadership situations to assess how leadership perceptions are formed and might be influenced.
Problem solving Manage a range of complex leadership-related issues to shape perceptions of audiences and present solutions to address complex leadership challenges.
Self-management Demonstrate an understanding of self, personal biases, values, beliefs, and mental models and extrapolate from it to others in leadership situations.
Teamwork Possess a sophisticated understanding of people and demonstrate an ability to shape perceptions when faced with complex leadership situations and challenges.
Global citizenship Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.

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 and 3 years leadership experience.


- Masters degree and 3 years leadership experience


- Graduate certificate in related discipline and 5 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

Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 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.

Further study

M738 Master of Leadership